For someone who thought that he knew a great deal about Winston Churchill, I soon found out that I barely scratched the surface. Roy Jenkins does a wonderful job filling in the details of the life of one of the greatest men of the 20th Century, but it is the expert narration of Robert Whitfield who made the story come alive with a near perfect rendition of Churchill's iconic voice together with reasonable impersonations of Franklin D. Roosevelt and others. Although 37 hours makes for a long listen, every stage of his life had noteworthy insights into the man and the times. I was particularly impressed with the wisdom and skill with which Clementine, his wife, helped to temper his moods and provide him with good counsel (when he would listen to her).
As might be expected, the events leading up to and the beginning of World War II were the most interesting. But I would recommend this book to a listener who is willing to make the effort learning about Churchill as a person and not just eager to hear about the high points.
Generally, this book is considered one of the better biographies of Churchill. Having read a number of them I would agree. The recording itself is well done, though the part that deals with Churchill?s life between the wars is a bit slow and dry. This, however, seems to be the case with any book of this larger-than-life man.
Hard to believe that anyone could make a life of Churchill boring, but Jenkins has managed
People who really, really get into the day-by-day details of political figures.
Not if it's this long. I think this book would have been much better if it was 1/5 as long as it is.
Good, nice, adequate
Sure. There was plenty that I didn't know about Churchill -- his personal life, his upbringing, his participation in the Boer War, and his drinking problem, and his belief to a fault in the power of summitry. The part that concentrated on his leadership during and after WWII was very good, but too brief.
I almost ended my new habit of listening to books on account of this one.
britain's political class was a remarkably inept bunch
they're lives were built on generations of rewarded mediocracy
inherited privilege and money were under every floorboard
a confrontation with the wider world brought this liability into focus
the author roy jenkins seems very comfortable in this world
the subject (WSC) winston spencer churchill confronted it at every turn
churchill was a miserable, melancholy and arrogant man
he say enemies behind every tree and threats in every encounter
he was built for war and confrontation but lost his compass in peacetime
WSC seems to have had all the modern american virtues
loud, indulgent, brazen, self promoting, constantly on the move
he kept the wolf of insignificance away from the door at all costs
when war finally came WSC was the man britain needed > loved
weeks after the war ended he was voted out of office in favor of Atlee
britain's relevance in world affairs has been fading ever since that change
the story focuses on a long list of british political events and characters
that is the world roy jenkins understands and participated in for decades
WSC was too big for that, he spent his life seeking the center of world events
It gave a good history of Churchill's carreer
The Issues and government reaction to the events leading up to the second world war
Yes, George Scott
Believe the book spent a lot of time on details and miscellaneous information that didn't help me understand Churchill
I first got this Audible title many years ago, and I'm now going through it again. The reading is excellent, and the material is authoritative, entertaining and well balanced.
There are enough twists and turns for good fiction, though this is all true history.
Churchill was a complex character, and every nuance is examined, not least from the political experience of the author who held senior office in later British governments.
Jenkins' account of Churchill's life is strongly influenced by his own career as a Labour MP, and if this biography is anything, it's a political life. We hear about every one of Churchill's many campaigns for office and much of the party intrigues that helped get him in and out of positions of power. For those with the stamina to hang in through dozens of hours of reading, this is a fine listen, one that will certainly leave you in awe of Churchill's own stamina and drive.
A thorough narrative of Churchill's personality and politics marred by pretentious, Byzantine, antiquated prose. Most annoying: one needs their French and Latin dictionaries within reach. Happy slogging.
A long, thorough and insightful biography of a fascinating and charismatic British politician, though when compared to the multiple tombs completed by Martin Gilbert and Randolf Churchill this is a brief summary of Churchill?s life.
Jenkins? insights are particularly fascinating for his own experience of later British Government.
I would agree with those, presumably American who find this dry. Much of his life is tied up in the UK parliamentary system, so unless you have a keen knowledge of the subject, the terminaology and characters can appear obscure.
As a Brit, I find this absolutely fascinating, and I believe that I will return to this book once every five years or so. A wonderful book!!!