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”.

  • Ruth Gruber 20 September 1911 – 17 November 2016

    It was 2004 and I was in New York for the launch of my Holocaust Memoir Digest, which the Hidden Child Foundation kindly offered to host at their headquarters at the Anti-Defamation League. Martin was to introduce me and he got up to address the seated throng. Out of th...

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    “Let us take the rough with the smooth”

    Throughout his long life, Winston Churchill understood the power of words. In public speeches, in published books, in newspaper and magazine articles, he expressed his feelings and laid out his vision for the future. His descriptions of the wars that he fought in betwee...

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  • Carl Davies, November 2016 Book Club Prize Winner:

    Having been in a profession that has enabled me to live and work in a number of countries around the world over the course of my career, it has taken me far too long to discover the brilliance of Sir Martin Gilbert. It was whilst reading an account of theRead more >>

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