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”.

  • Randolph Churchill’s Tribute at Sir Martin’s Memorial

     A Memorial evening to honour The Rt Hon. Sir Martin Gilbert, CBE, DLitt, FRSL, Winston Churchill’s official biographer, was held on the 24 November 2015 at the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in Central London. Lady Gilbert welcomed guests and Rabbi Nicki Liss from Hi...

    Randolph Churchill's Tribute to Sir Martin
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    Kristallnacht Book Launch at The German Embassy

    In 2006, when Martin’s book Kristallnacht came out, he was invited to a party to celebrate the book and to launch it on its way.  The party was held at the Residence of the German Ambassador in London, and our host was the German Chargé d’Affaires, Hans-He...

  • November eBook Club Offer

            1st to 30th November 2015 UK store: £1.99 US store: $2.99 CA store: $3.94 In conjunction with Sir Martin’s eBook publisher RosettaBooks, these eBook titles are being offered at special promotion this month. Get the continuing story: ...

  • “Kristallnacht taught several lessons”

    “Kristallnacht taught several lessons. It taught those who were the source of prejudice that a whole people can be demonised; that a whole nation can be turned totally and obscenely against a decent, hard-working, creative, loyal and integral part of its own socie...