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Churchill | [Paul Johnson]

Churchill

In Churchill, Johnson applies a wide lens and an unconventional approach to illuminate the various phases of Churchill's career. From his adventures as a young cavalry officer in the service of the Empire to his role as an elder statesman prophesying the advent of the Cold War, Johnson shows how Churchill's immense adaptability combined with his natural pugnacity to make him a formidable leader for the better part of a century.
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In Churchill, Johnson applies a wide lens and an unconventional approach to illuminate the various phases of Churchill's career. From his adventures as a young cavalry officer in the service of the Empire to his role as an elder statesman prophesying the advent of the Cold War, Johnson shows how Churchill's immense adaptability combined with his natural pugnacity to make him a formidable leader for the better part of a century.

Johnson's narration of Churchill's many triumphs and setbacks, rich with anecdote and quotation, illustrates the man's humor, resilience, courage, and eccentricity as no other biography before.

Winston Churchill's hold on contemporary audiences has never slackened, and Paul Johnson's lively, concise biography will appeal to historians and general nonfiction listeners alike.

©2009 Paul Johnson; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Dee L. Barrow Sanford, NC 01-14-10
    Dee L. Barrow Sanford, NC 01-14-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "well written"

    This is a short review of a great life. I think the author shows the highlights and the depth of Churchill's life. Entertaining and well put together.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell Moundridge, KS, United States 12-08-09
    Darrell Moundridge, KS, United States 12-08-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Superlative Account of Churchill"

    This book is excellent in all respects. It is well-written by the great Paul Johnson, who does a magnificent job of distilling the life of Churchill into such a brief volume. Simon Prebble brings it to audio life with skill, professionalism, and nary an off note. The combined effect is a very entertaining audio book. Highest recommendations.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Saint Louis, MO, United States 02-13-10
    Pat Saint Louis, MO, United States 02-13-10 Member Since 2009

    A voracious reader, especially for a dog. Of course, terriers are superior. Not bragging. Just true.

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    "Fascinating Portrait of Fascinating Man"

    Like many others, I loved this bio due to its ability to paint a well-rounded portrait of one of the 20th Century's most fascinating characters without getting bogged down in too much scholarly detail. Easy to digest without dumbing down the material. If you're at all interested in history, Churchill or psychology, download this one!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daryle St Charles, MO, United States 03-04-10
    Daryle St Charles, MO, United States 03-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent"

    Great and encouraging book for leaders.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-01-10
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-01-10 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Churchill"

    This is a great overview of Churchill. It is about 5 hr and the pace is brisk, no time for the mind to wander. A number of items covered that I had not noticed in other biography on Winston. Good short review of Churchill.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Speers Altamont, Illinois USA 10-01-12
    David Speers Altamont, Illinois USA 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent book"
    What made the experience of listening to Churchill the most enjoyable?

    The story, very well done! Thanks Mr Johnson!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Churchill?

    The struggles that never seemed to let up, even after some victories.``


    Which scene was your favorite?

    NEVER GIVE UP NEVER GIVE UP


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Shults Sodus Point, NY 07-02-12
    M. Shults Sodus Point, NY 07-02-12 Member Since 2004
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    "An excellent summary biography."

    It seems the great majority of negative comments or reviews on this title seem to hinge on the fact that this book does not offer a sufficiently detailed account of this, that, or the other incident of Churchill's life or career or facet of the man himself.

    Please consider then, that this book is a summary biography of a man who was a prominent statesman on the geopolitical stage through two of the most pivotal conflicts in world history (the two world wars), and overlapping into a third (the cold war), who found the time, energy, and genius to be a prolific Nobel-Prize winning author, a first-rate adventurer, accomplished painter, master orator, wit, and general renaissance man.

    DOZENS of books would have to be written to tell the life story of such a man in any kind of detail. HUNDREDS have. Churchill himself published some 43 book-length works in 72 volumes, many of them documenting his own experiences.

    If you want to delve into deep details of all, or some or other episode or adventure out of the incredibly broad sweep of this man's titanic life experience, then by all means, jump into the deep reservoir of works on (or by) Churchill. I should think you could easily keep on reading about Churchill in greater depth for the next decade or so; at least. IF you are not quite ready to devote years, and just want to start out with a reasonable-length summary biography of a truly amazing character, this is a very well written text, very well read by the always competent Simon Prebble.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meri hurst, TX, United States 02-22-12
    Meri hurst, TX, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very informative without excess fluff"
    What did you love best about Churchill?

    His loyalty to his nation. No matter what he did what was best for England.


    What other book might you compare Churchill to and why?

    FDR Same era and they way they think is amazing


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    James S. Cox 02-14-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Superficiality"

    Extremely shallow and superficial review of Churchill's life. Not as detailed as a "Reader's Digest" version. It seemed to be a poorly abridged version of a much longer book. Many terms, events, and relationships just beg to be addressed and expanded. Overall, there are much better Churchill biographies.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hal Miami, FL, United States 02-21-10
    Hal Miami, FL, United States 02-21-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Churchill as not Important"

    This book assumes Churchill was a great person, and it was written to increase this perception. It is propaganda. I did not finish it.

    It overlooks completely the end of the British Empire, in which Churchill played a part.

    He was basically a British politician, and the detailed descriptions of his involvement in British politics bored me (as an American).

    He was an excellent writer, as all can agree, but he produced no great literature. History will say that he wasted his life and his talents.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
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