The official biographer of Winston Churchill and a leading historian on the Twentieth Century, Sir Martin Gilbert was a scholar and an historian who, though his 88 books, has shown there is such a thing as “true history”

Born in London in 1936, Martin Gilbert was educated at Highgate School, and Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours. He was a Research Scholar at St Anthony’s College, and became a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford in 1962, and an Honorary Fellow in 1994. After working as a researcher for Randolph Churchill, Gilbert was chosen to take over the writing of the Churchill biography upon Randolph’s death in 1968, writing six of the eight volumes of biography and editing twelve volumes of documents. In addition, Gilbert has written pioneering and classic works on the First and Second World Wars, the Twentieth Century, the Holocaust, and Jewish history.

Gilbert drove every aspect of his books, from finding archives to corresponding with eyewitnesses and participants that gave his work veracity and meaning, to finding and choosing illustrations, drawing maps that mention each place in the text, and compiling the indexes. He traveled widely lecturing and researching, advised political figures and filmmakers, and gave a voice and a name “to those who fought and those who fell.”

Books in order of publication:

The Appeasers1963
The European Powers: 1900 – 19451965
The Roots of Appeasement1967
Winston Churchill1967
Churchill (Great Lives Observed)1967
Atlas of British History1968
American History1968
The Atlas of Jewish History1969
Atlas of World War I1970
Winston S. Churchill: The Challenge of War, 1914-19161971
The Routledge Atlas of the First World War: The Complete History1971
Atlas Of Russian History1972
Churchill: A Photographic Portrait1974
The Arab-Israeli Conflict Its History in Maps1974
Winston S. Churchill: World in Torment, 1916-1922 (Volume IV)1975
Winston S. Churchill, Companion Vol. 41975
Winston S. Churchill: The Prophet of Truth, 1922-1939 (Volume V)1976
The Jews of Russia: Their History in Maps and Photographs1976
The Routledge Historical Atlas of Jerusalem1977
Exile and Return: The Struggle for a Jewish Homeland1978
Final Journey: Holocaust: The Fate Of The Jews In Nazi Europe1980
Auschwitz and the Allies: A Devastating Account of How the Allies Responded to the News of Hitler’s Mass Murder1981
Winston Churchill, the Wilderness Years1981
Atlas of the Holocaust1982
Winston S. Churchill, Volume VI: Finest Hour, 1939-19411983
The Jews of Hope1985
Jerusalem: Rebirth Of A City1985
Winston S. Churchill: Road to Victory, 1941-19451986
Winston S. Churchill: Never Despair, 1945–1965 (Volume VIII)1988
The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy1989
The Second World War: A Complete History1989
A History of the Twentieth Century: The Concise Edition of the Acclaimed World History1989
The Illustrated Atlas Of Jewish Civilization1990
Churchill: A Life1992
Holocaust Maps & Photographs1992
Atlas of the Arab-Israeli Conflict1993
The Churchill War Papers: At the Admiralty : September 1939-May 1940 (Churchill War Papers)1993
The Routledge Atlas of British History1993
In Search of Churchill: A Historian’s Journey1994
The Churchill Documents – Volume 15: Never Surrender: May 1940-December 19401994
D-Day1995
The Day the War Ended: May 8, 1945 – Victory in Europe1995
The Routledge Atlas of Jewish History1995
Jerusalem in the Twentieth Century1996
The Boys: The Story of 732 Young Concentration Camp Survivors1997
Holocaust Journey: Traveling in Search of the Past1997
Israel: A History1998
Challenge to Civilization: the History of the 20th Century: 1952-19991999
Israel: A History Part 1 Of 21999
Israel: A History Part 2 Of 21999
Never Again: A History of the Holocaust2000
The Straits of War: The Gallipoli Memorial Lectures 1985-20002000
From the Ends of the Earth: The Jews in the 20th Century2001
The Righteous: The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust2002
Letters to Auntie Fori: The 5,000-Year History of the Jewish People and Their Faith2002
The First World War: A Complete History2004
Continue to Pester, Nag and Bite: Churchill’s War Leadership2004
Winston Churchill’s War Leadership2004
Churchill at War: His “Finest Hour” in Photographs 1940-19452004
Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction2005
Churchill and America2005
The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War2006
The Will of the People: Churchill and Parliamentary Democracy2006
Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship2007
The Routledge Atlas of the Second World War2008
Story Of Israel2008
In Ishmael’s House: A History of Jews in Muslim Lands2010
The Jews of Britain2011
The Holocaust: The Human Tragedy2014
The Churchill Documents, Volume 17: Testing Times, 19422014