Winston Churchill : A History of the English Speaking Peoples,
Volumes 1 to 4.
* FIRST EDITION *
The handsome Chartwell Edition, the first illustrated edition of Churchill’s famous history, “published simultaneously in Britain on a subscription basis” (Woods). Churchill’s history of the two branches of the English-speaking nations – the British Empire and the United States – was begun during his “Wilderness Years” in the early 1930s, but not completed until after his retirement from the political stage in the late 1950s. The events of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process, had reconfirmed his belief in the “Special Relationship”. “For the second time in the present century the British Empire and the United States have stood together facing the perils of war on the largest scale known among men, and since the cannons ceased to fire and the bombs to burst we have become more conscious of our common duty to the human race.” Consequently he gave considerable attention to the key events of American history, around a quarter of the third volume, “The Age of Revolution”, is dedicated to the American War of Independence, and a full third of the final volume, “The Great Democracies” contains a detailed study of the American Civil War.