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”.

  • Congratulations to Joe Oliver from the UK, our May 2016 Book Club winner

    For anyone interested in the life of Winston Churchill, as I am like many thousands around the world, the work of Sir Martin Gilbert is inescapable. Churchill’s own quote on his work as a historian ‘History will be kind to me – for I intend to write it’ is well<...

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    Churchill and the Allies One Stop Search

    Sir Martin Gilbert Books is proud to announce our partnership with Churchill and the Allies. Churchill Allies is a collection of organisations with a common interest in Winston S Churchill. The content from the websites of each of these partner organisations is collecte...

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  • Beware of Oysters in June

    Oysters were the secret weapon with which Hitler might have triumphed on D-Day. Not the succulent variety to be eaten on the half-shell, but a devastating mine — code-named Oyster by the Allies — that could not be sunk: an unscupperable mine that revealed a German t...

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