The Gathering Storm: Signed by the Author, Winston Churchill

Posted on Aug 15, 2012

The Gathering Storm – the Second World War

Volume one, third impression June 1948. The Riverside Press. Excellent association copy. Small sticker on front free endpaper from The Bay Colony Bookshop 31 Newbury St. Boston.

Inscribed by Churchill on the front free endpaper:

“Inscribed for Major General Wilton Burton Persons by Winston S. Churchill.  March 1949”

The book is in very good condition with minimal wear apart from the dust jacket which is worn with several chips, but it is the correct jacket for the third impression.

Churchill's book about WW2, the Gathering Storm

Major General Wilton Persons (1896-1977) was an Army officer who entered service in 1917 and rose through the ranks to major general in 1944. He served in both World Wars. He worked for the Department of Defense from 1948-1949 then retired.  Dwight D. Eisenhower called him back to active duty as a special assistant to m at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe from 1951-52.  He was active in Eisenhower’s campaign for president in 1952.  Persons became a deputy assistant to the president in 1953 and was made assistant to the president in 1958.  He served throughout Eisenhower’s presidency, finally replacing Sherman Adams as Eisenhower’s Chief of Staff in 1958.  This book was purchased from the Estate auction of Major General Persons in Virginia.

First (American) edition, Vol. 1 First edition, third printing.    Cohen A240.1(1).c

Estimated Value: $3,500

Gathering Storm - The Second World War with the author's signature: Winston Churchill

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