The official website of Sir Martin Gilbert – 20th Century British Historian and the official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill

It is for the historian either to Say what happened or to say that he cannot discover it.

To say, “Perhaps it was like this” is to mask a failure to get to the bottom of a problem: and failure in historical research is no crime. It is one of the hazards of the profession.

Sir Martin Gilbert

Welcome to Sir Martin Gilbert's website, a celebration of his life and his work, his passion, his philosophy, his favourite haunts, his humour and his humanity.

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

  • “Jerusalem Under Siege, 1948”

    From the moment of Israel’s declaration of independence on 14 May 1948, Jerusalem – the capital city of the new nation – was besieged, as Arab forces, determined to crush the Jewish state at birth, cut off its main city from the remainder of the country. The o...

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    “Don’t let the revisionists rewrite Nazi history”

    Thank you to David Aaronovitch, who in his 13 April 2017 piece in The Times, “Don’t let the revisionists rewrite Nazi history”, describes “intellectual evisceration” as carried out by Sir Martin in 1987.  That discussion, in 1987, was about the suggestion...

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  • Auntie Fori, 5 December 1908 – 25 April 2017

    After Martin and I married, he took me to India to meet (and hopefully be approved by) his “adopted aunt” Fori Nehru, the wife of the Indian diplomat BK Nehru, cousin of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister.  As Martin describes in his book Letters ...

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