“Pride was everywhere to be humbled, and nowhere to receive its satisfaction”: The World Crisis: The Aftermath 1918-1928; Signed by Winston S. Churchill in the Year of Publication
The World Crisis: The Aftermath 1918-1928.
Churchill, Winston S.
Item Number: 58018
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.
First edition, second printing, printed one month after the first of Churchill’s fourth volume in his World Crisis series. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, maps. Signed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill Nov. 25, 1929.” In near fine condition with a touch of wear.
His American biographer William Manchester wrote that: His masterpiece is The World Crisis, published over a period of several years, 1923 to 1931, a six-volume, 3,261-page account of the Great War, beginning with its origins in 1911 and ending with its repercussions in the 1920s. Magnificently written, it is enhanced by the presence of the author at the highest councils of war and in the trenches as a battalion commander. The British historian Robert Rhodes James wrote that: For all its pitfalls as history, The World Crisis must surely stand as Churchills masterpiece.As first lord of the admiralty and minister for war and air, Churchill stood resolute at the center of international affairs. In this classic account, he dramatically details how the tides of despair and triumph flowed and ebbed as the political and military leaders of the time navigated the dangerous currents of world conflict. Churchill vividly recounts the major campaigns that shaped the war: the furious attacks of the Marne, the naval maneuvers off Jutland, Verdun's "soul-stirring frenzy," and the surprising victory of Chemins des Dames. Here, too, he re-creates the dawn of modern warfare: the buzz of airplanes overhead, trench combat, artillery thunder, and the threat of chemical warfare. In Churchill's inimitable voice we hear how "the war to end all wars" instead gave birth to every war that would follow. "The World Crisis is at once an outstandingly readable history of the First World War -- the seminal drama of modern times -- and an eyewitness account, especially of its opening years. Whether as a statesman or an author, Churchill was a giant; and The World Crisis towers over most other books about the Great War" (David Fromkin).