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Publisher's Note

Copyright 1959 by Houghton Mifflin Company


Copyright renewed 1987 by Lady Mary So ames
All rights reserved
T HIS VOL U M E is an abridgement of Sir Winston Church-
ill's great work The Second World War, which consists of
For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, the six volumes: The Gathering Storm, Their Finest Hour, The
write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Company, z Park Street, Boston, Grand Alliance, The Hinge of Fate, Closing the Ring, and
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Triumph and Tragedy.
This abridgement has been prepared by Denis Kelly under arrangement
with Cassell & Co., Ltd., London, England, publishers of the British edition, The text has been reduced to approximately one quarter of
and Houghton Mifflin Company. its original length, yet it graphically presents the war events
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data and planning in the words of the magnificent leader who for his
Churchill, Winston, Sir, 1874-1965. writing was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The result
Memoirs of the Second World War: an abridgement of the six volumes
is not so much a condensation of history as the quintessence of
of The Second World War with an epilogue by the author on the postwar
years written for this volume / Winston S. Churchill. the war as it was seen by its greatest protagonist.
p. cm.

I. World War, 1939-1945. 2. World War, 1939-1945 - Great Britain.


3. Churchill, Winston, Sir, 1874-1965. 4. World War, 1939-1945 - Per-
sonal narratives, British. I. Churchill, Winston, Sir, 1874-1965. Sec-
ond World War. II. Title.
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