Churchill’s personal papers are among the most comprehensive ever assembled relating to the life and times of one man. They are so extensive that it is only possible to include in the narrative volumes a part of the relevant documents. The Churchill Documents were planned to run parallel with the narrative volumes, and with them to form a whole.

This volume covers the start of World War II. As with previous volumes, it collects a remarkably wide range of archives too voluminous to include in Randolph S. Churchill and Sir Martin Gilbert’s multivolume biography of Winston Churchill.

The eight-volume biography of Winston S. Churchill — begun by his son, Randolph Churchill, and completed by Martin Gilbert following Randolph’s death in 1968 — was based on documents from the Churchill papers and from more than one thousand other archives, both public and private. Among the many archival jewels are Churchill’s most private and personal letters from his early childhood to his old age, uncensored family correspondence, the letters and diaries of his closest friends and fiercest opponents, secret diplomatic telegrams, and the daily exchanges of an active politician, a prolific writer, a vivid journalist, a historian, a painter, and a man of action.

Sir Martin Gilbert was born in England in 1936.  He is a graduate of Oxford University, from which he holds a Doctorate of Letters, and is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. In 1962 he began work as one of Randolph Churchill’s research assistants, and in 1968, after Randolph Churchill’s death, he became the official biographer of Winston Churchill.  Since then he has published six volumes of the Churchill biography, and has edited – to date – now sixteen volumes of Churchill documents.  As a Distinguished Fellow at Hillsdale College, Michigan, he is currently completing the Churchill document volumes.

During forty-eight years of research and writing, Sir Martin has published over eighty books, including The First World War, The Second World War, The Somme: The Heroism and Horror of War, D-Day, The Day the War Ended, and a three-volume History of the Twentieth Century.  He has also written, as part of his series of ten historical atlases, Atlas of the First World War, and, most recently, Atlas of the Second World War. Sir Martin’s film and television work has included a documentary series on the life of Winston Churchill.  His other published works include Churchill: A Photographic Portrait, In Search of Churchill, Churchill and America, and the single volume Churchill, A Life.

What They Are Saying:

“I am delighted that Hillsdale College Press is to re-publish the whole of the monumental biography of Winston Churchill, plus all the volumes of supporting documents, including a number hitherto unpublished. This work is one of the most important biographies of the twentieth century and with its unique documentation constitutes a vast printed archive and source book for historians—as well as a fascinating experience for the general reader.”— Paul Johnson, Author, Creators: From Chaucer and Durer to Picasso and Disney

“These volumes are one of the great works of history. And short of leading Great Britain through mankind’s most catastrophic war, there is no better education in statesmanship than to follow Churchill’s many forms of genius as they are brilliantly presented herein.”—Mark Helprin, Author, Freddy and Fredericka

“A milestone, a monument, a magisterial achievement. Sir Martin Gilbert’s life of Sir Winston Churchill—started by the subject’s son Randolph—is rightly regarded as the most comprehensive life ever written of any age. Wise, honest and all-embracing, the work stands as a testament to the quality of Gilbert’s scholarship. The companion volumes, moreover, represent fine works of literature in their own right, since they comprise Sir Winston’s own correspondence. No praise could be higher than that Gilbert has produced a tribute entirely worthy of the saviour of modern Western Civilisation.”—Andrew Roberts, Author, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900