The information and its presentation.
Manchester's way of connecting Churchill's history to the culture of the times.
Irritating when quoting.
You cannot make a film of this book.
This book keeps your interest even as it dives into the deep end of British politics. It keeps W.C. real and gives a balanced view of the man: good and bad. Very enjoyable.
As is the first volume, this follow up is an incredibly broad and deep exploration of not just Churchill, but of British politics in the 1930s in the lead-up to WWII. It manages to include mountains of information, but keep them fascinating by attaching them to the person of Winston Churchill.
The history of Britain in the 1930s is a stark lesson to those who would appease evil in our own day. The parallels are clear to anyone who follows current events, without the author ever having to make the connection for you.
Frederick Davidson did a masterful job on the first volume. I was deeply disappointed by Brown's reading of Churchill and many other characters.
The march of folly, and a glimmer of hope.
Despite a mind-numbing introduction (for one who just finished the first volume), once the meat of the book is reached the reader is carried deep into the life of one of the 20th centuries most fascinating and important personalities. This is one of the deepest and most detailed biographies I've ever read, and the anecdotes about Churchill and those around him manage to add zest to even the dryest figures.
if there is one book you need to buy on Audible if you are interested in British colonial historty, this would be it. By far the most detailed and riveting narration of Winston's life. This is better then best.
After listening to Frederick Davidson's wonderful reading of the first volume of Manchester's (never completed) biography of Churchill, I was roundly disappointed by Richard Brown's performance of "Alone: 1932-1940". In fact, I only made it through about an hour of it before I gave up. Life is too short to listen to readers who are terrible. In this case, I'm going to read it myself.
This is an excellent study of Churchill and the period between the wars. It gives you a real feel for the period and some great insight into the politics of the period. Some of the observations are particularly interesting in view of current events. Could it be true that appeasement and peace at any price is not dead? It is a pity that William Manchester died prior to completing volume III. The world is poorer for that.
Love detailed history written in as unbiased a manner as is possible. My passion has always been American History but I also enjoy world history.
The reader makes this an excellent book. His ability to sound like Churchill, change his voice for ladies, sing a song, etc. are entertaining. The story is interesting and well presented. Very even balanced on a very controversial person.
Manchester again succeeds in building a careful and painterly portrait of Churchill in the critical first 30 years of the 20th century. A must read in order to understand best his third and last volume on this incredible and complex statesman.