Denver, CO, United States | Member Since 2008
The book is a well researched, interesting listen for anyone interested in the life of this great sage. Unfortunately, for anyone familiar with Hebrew, you will notice constant mispronunciations of almost every single Hebrew word in the audiobook.
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.
Sarah Vowell is an exquisite story-teller, who brings the characters to life with vivid descriptions and keeps the reader interested with her comical wit. If 'The Wordy Shipmates' was only that, I would have given it five stars instead of three. Unfortunately Vowell frames history with glib, partisan conservative bashing, offhandedly condemning the slaughter of Pequod (Native American tribe) women and children by vengeful New Englanders in the same breath as the US entry into both world wars, Korea and Iraq. The author--and the reader--would have been better served if Vowell had limited herself to history and made her political points with facts rather than partisan diatribes.
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