Martin Gilbert

Martin Gilbert is Winston Churchill’s official biographer. His Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years and Churchill’s Political Philosophy are discussed in this issue by Paul Addison. His next volume of Churchill documents, The Coming of War, covering the years 1936-39, is to be published this October by Heinemann. He is a fellow of Merton College, Oxford.

Mussolini in Peace and War

Martin Gilbert, 6 May 1982

These two books make an intriguing tandem, the one a broad perspective of the whole span of Mussolini’s life, the other a detailed study of less than three years. The wider canvas is a delight to read, and through it Denis Mack Smith will find an even wider readership for the formidable knowledge he has already shown in his more specialist writings.

Inhumane, Intolerant, Unclean

Ian Gilmour, 31 October 1996

What exactly is a ‘holy city’ or, for that matter, a ‘holy see’? If Jerusalem is the prime example of the first and Rome the only example of the second, their holiness...

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Poor Man’s War

Richard Overy, 12 October 1989

It has suddenly become fashionable to sneer at the memory of the Second World War. The national press has been home to editorials and opinion columns archly condemning the anniversary as so much...

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Paul Addison, 7 July 1988

The final volume of Martin Gilbert’s Life opens with Churchill celebrating the defeat of Germany in May 1945. He was 70 years old and completely exhausted. Two months later, he led his...

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Churchill has nothing to hide

Paul Addison, 7 May 1987

The latest volume of Martin Gilbert’s Churchill biography is the fifth he has published since taking up the task in 1968. This time he accompanies Churchill on the long march from the...

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John Bayley, 7 August 1986

Pushkin, of all people, was not at all opposed to the censorship of his time. ‘Let us have a strict censorship by all means, but not a senseless one,’ he writes to a friend, as if...

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Buggering on

Paul Addison, 21 July 1983

The great Churchill boom now in progress is a very instructive sign of the times. When Churchill died in 1965, we thought we were burying the past. Richard Crossman, a reluctant mourner at the...

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Early Hillhead Man

Paul Addison, 6 May 1982

Churchill, like Disraeli, turned his political struggles into a romance. To read his writings and speeches is to be invited into a special world of technicolor spendour, the stage for an epic...

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