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  1. silentmidgetassasin

    silentmidgetassasin Member

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    I am almost finished with Martin Gilbert's The Second World War: A Complete History, and I was wondering if any one else knows who he is and whether or not you think he's any good. I personally think that his book is very well-written, and is literally a day-to-day account of World War II. It includes details that I have never found in any other book before, and shows the brutality of war. Do you think it would be worth it to buy any of his other books?
     
  2. Friedrich

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    Sir Martin Gilbert is one of the most respected and widely acclaimed British historians of the XX Century. I was reading this very weekend his book The Jews in the XX Century and it's not only accurate and informative, but a very good read as well, not to mention the photographs are very interesting —though some have a very bad digital quality.

    I haven't read the book you mention, but I'd definately give it a try.
     
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    Sir Martin Gilbert is best-known as the author of the enormous 'official' biography of Winston Churchill, which consists of many volumes.

    A lot of the research material for his other works was gleaned while working on the WSC biog. He is also very active in writing of the Holocaust due to his family connections.

    He is not so well known for 'front line' WWII history, this being more the preserve of writers such as Keegan,Hastings, Middlebrook, etc.
     
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    I wonder which Churchill biography would be best: Gilbert's or Randolph Churchill's?

    Jenkins' one-volume biography phraises the latter… :confused:

    Think I'll have to read them both. ;)
     
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    It's actually the same thing, Friedrich. Randolph Churchill wrote the first two volumes before dying prematurely.

    Martin Gilbert was at the time one of Randolph's young researchers, and continued the task, writing the next six volumes.....
     
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    Well, even better then. [​IMG] :D

    Thanks for clarifying, Martin! ;)
     
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    Thanks for the input, I'll definately have to try some of his other books.
     
  8. Martin Bull

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    I'm not a great fan of much of the 'Holocaust Writing' which appears - but Gilbert has also written a very personal book called 'Holocaust Journey ' which describes his journey to a number of Holocaust sites with a group of Jewish students.

    It's recommended, and is far superior to many others on the subject.
     
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    Actually, Martin, reading about the Holocaust is somewhat masochist… it's very hard to go through such books —specially the personal accounts— without feeling moved, disgusted and angry.
     
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    I agree with you there, Friedrich - that's why I found Gilbert's book to be refreshing. It's more an account of his own thoughts and reflections, and how he attempts to answer the questions of his students.

    So much 'Holocaust literature' achieves sales by dwelling on the horrors in ghoulish detail - not this book.
     
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    Actually he has written a few very impressive books on the Falklands war too, one from the Argentinan perspective too....Excellent writer.
     
  12. Friedrich

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    Welcome back, Urqh! You've been quite missed around here! [​IMG]
     
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    Stap me, Urqh ! Where have you been !? :eek:

    Good to see you back here..... ;)
     
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    Friedrich, you've shaved your moustache mate....

    Martin, I travelled, managed to get out to Namibia again and stayed on in ZA for a while.

    Then got a contract in Saudi.

    So didn't get much time for the old net..

    But back and got time and money to spend on books...And Oxfam have just opened a book shop in my little old town, and its amazing what people give away to charity...Books I wouldn't have hoped to find except on net. Mrs, is going mad, I need a new bookshelf apparantly..
     
  15. Stevin

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    Good to see you back, Urgh!

    I know what you mean. I just moved house and have mu own study now! [​IMG] :D
     
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    Welcome back to the Forums Urqh!

    Congratulations on your new home and study Stevin!
     
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    Own study !! [​IMG]

    That's gooood .....Books, relics, models,magazines, signed prints on the walls, an unexploded 500kg bomb placed nonchalantly in a corner..... ;) :D
     
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    I had hoped to have some wall space for my aviation art, but alas....bookshelves and cupboads prevent me from hanging anything on the walls and enjoying a reflective moment or two...

    I dunno about ammo, inert or not. [​IMG] Lately they keep digging up 500 Pndrs between Amsterdam and Haarlem. Guess they had quite a few duds when bombing the railline there....
     

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