Martin Gilbert is Winston Churchill's official biographer, and a leading historian of the modern world. In 1962 he was elected a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and in the same year he began work as a research assistant to Randolph Churchill on the first two volumes of the official biography of Sir Winston Churchill. Following Randolph Churchill's death in 1968, Martin Gilbert was appointed Official Biographer, and wrote the other six volumes of the biography, the last of which, Never Despair, was published in 1988.
He is the author of more than seventy books, among them the single-volume Churchill: A Life, twin histories of the First World War and Second World War, a comprehensive history of Israel, and the three-volume A History of the Twentieth Century. His book The Holocaust is one of the classic works on the subject. He is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford (of which he was a Fellow until 1998), and a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College, Michigan. In 1995 he was knighted "for services to British history and international relations," and in 1999 he was awarded a Doctorate of Literature by the University of Oxford for the totality of his published work.
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