I wanted to learn of the events leading up to and during WWII from the British perspective and have not been disappointed. If there's one persons point of view to learn from it would be from the big man himself.
The historical events, presented with sardonic humor and in great detail, along with Sir Winston's views of them, are just amazing to hear. And there are surprises here. Sir Winston explains how, in actual practice, the restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles were NOT burdensome to Germany, and a few other gems that are uncommon among the common history of WWII. Also, quite incredible and enthralling are the events leading up to WWII, the desire for Pacifism, a noble goal, the growing machine of Blitzkrieg, and how ill timed and ill judged kindness and sentiment among nations who refused to see what was happening, led to disaster.
Sir Winston himself.
Rodska does a wonderful job as Sir Winston, and the various characters. His depiction is subtle, direct, powerful and sublime. He brings the entire world before you,Eminently easy to listen to, he communicates so much of the torment among civilized peoples struggling to realize that an unimaginable tyranny is developing in their midst. You feel the fear, and Sir Winston's frustration, as well as the insanity of Hitler and company.
Yes, when the Prime Minister of England, Neville Chamberlain, realizes that his recent years of effort towards peace were completely misguided. And as a great gentleman, his efforts to admit it publicly immediately, turn about and make change, but all too late. Yet, bound by his poor judgement, the errors continue to mount. It is a heart breaking moment when a well intentioned man, promoted beyond his capacity, fails his country and the world. Churchill and Rodska depict these moments with complete respect, but honors above all the truth and the desperation mounting at the time. Rodska, in his own brilliance, depicts Mr. Chamberlain's heartfelt sentiment, befudlement and shock at events, his resignation to honesty and duty, yet poor judgement. You hear a man of simplistic nobility surrounded by events he doesn't understand, yet, sticking to principle, tries to weather through. Rodska delivers a wonderful and moving performance.
I will quite likely listen again. There is so much information in this story that it is hard to absorb it all the first time.
Winston Churchill is THE character.
No one ever accused Winston Churchill of lacking an opinion or being overly modest. This is the story of how the World became ensnarled in the Second World War from his personal perspective. Although he tends to blow his own horn at times, Churchill's experience and understanding of world history in the first half of the 20th Century makes this both entertaining and educational. Christian Rodska manages to imitate his style of speech so well that you can really believe it is Churchill speaking.
I was born two months before D-Day in one of the English ports that was to become one of the embarkation points for D-Day. Growing up I was taught to have considerable respect for Churchill, so I might be a little biased.
Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.
Yes but not as the first and only. That would be: Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.,
These are his words.
Great voice all the way.
I didn't think there was anything I didn't know about World War II, but this book was so personal and real. It is well worth the time.
I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.
Yes, I would recommend this book to people who wanted to know about WWII and England's having to fight it alone.
For me, the memorable moments where the parts when Churchill had to figure out what to do next to save the country.
I really like his voice. It reminded me of Winston Churchill.
As for wanting to listen to it in one sitting, it would be a long sit for that. I can tell you that I found addition times to hear it. For me, it was very interesting.
As for additional comments, this was a great book. I hated to see it end. I did not know that it was part of a series. Boy I am glad it is. I am off to the next book and the book after that. I found the book very interesting and informative. It has my recommendation.
The entire series provides a fascinating view of the person of Winston Churchill, and the war from the British standpoint. Also the narrator is picture perfect! I don't usually read history (I'm a fiction fan most of the time) but I must say, this was one of the most informative series (I listened to all 4 in a row) I have ever read. Well worth your time!
It's a great shame that the other leaders of the great powers were unable to publish their own memoirs following the Second World War, but if we had to chose one to do so, it would have inevitably been Sir Winston Churchill. In many ways, this is the definitive allied history of WWII in Europe, Churchill discusses the Pacific, but that largely wasn't his fight. It was written by the man who was not only involved in the war, but was at the very center of it and was written with all the Churchillian style we've come to love. The insights are invaluable, he not only chronicles the events of the war, he also explains the importance and motivations behind them with an authority no historian could ever hope to match. He even strives to present the war in the most objective manner possible, giving credit to German commanders where due, no easy feat for one who had just lead a nation through six years of so much hardship and suffering, though he is unabashedly anti-fascist and spares no criticism of Hitler's Nazi regime. It is not a comprehensive history of the war, as mentioned above, but it is an essential one, no one's understanding of WWII can be complete without reading this great work.
Very well written and detailed.
Today's news and the UN's appeasement of tyrants and dictators. We've learned nothing from our past world history.
I have not.
Yes, the idea that we could talk with bad bad people and they would change because of our words!! Really!! Remember Chamberlain and Hitler!!