The sixth and most important volume of Martin Gilbert’s authorized biography of Winston Churchill, The Finest Hour probes beneath the surface of each of the crucial decisions in which Churchill was involved from the outbreak of war in September 1939 to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Drawing on a remarkable diversity of material—including government records, Churchill’s own vast archive of private letters, and the recollections of those who worked with him—Gilbert reveals for the first time the full extent of Churchill’s personal contribution to every aspect of the struggle.

The Finest Hour is an account that is intensely human, yet keeps the wider perspective in view, while allowing the reader rare insight into the daily burdens of Britain’s war leader.

Sir Martin Gilbert was born in England in 1936. He is a graduate of Oxford University. 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 twelve volumes of Churchill documents. As a distinguished fellow at Hillsdale College, he is currently completing the Churchill document volumes. During forty-eight years of research and writing, Gilbert has published eighty books.