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”.

  • The Boys – a new edition. Coming August 4th

    Photo:  The Boys, new edition, coming August 4th 750 words / 3 ½ minute read Fewer than 100,000 Jews survived the death camps, slave labour camps and death marches of Hitler’s Reich.  This book is about 732 of those survivors; most of them boys, about eighty o...

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    In loving memory Catherine Churchill, 16 August 1968 – 10 June 2022

    Photo: Randolph and Catherine Churchill, on board the Queen Mary off Long Beach, California, 26 May 2016 Those in the Churchill world were saddened to hear of the passing of Catherine Churchill, Randolph’s wife, companion and helpmate. I really only got to know R...

  • Senseless Evil – a Jewish Response

    Photo: John Gielgud as Aaron Jastrow, in Herman Wouk’s War and Remembrance 600 words/3 minute read How do we comprehend senseless evil?  How do we respond when words lead to violence and to murder?  (And with all the advances mankind has created to make life be...

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