Throughout his six decades in the public eye, Winston Churchill understood and wielded the power of words. His speeches, books and articles have fascinated generation after generation with their powerful narrative style. Martin Gilbert has selected 200 extracts from Churchill's oeuvre that reflect his life, career and philosophy. They range from intimate memories of his childhood to his contributions to debates on social policy and war and his efforts after 1945 to see the world a better place. In them, we see how he used words for different purposes: to argue for causes, to advocate courses of action, and to tell the story of his own life.
As Churchill's official biographer, Martin Gilbert is uniquely qualified to make this selection, and his informed and subtle choice of extracts, together with his illuminating text linking them together, create a fascinating biographical narrative of Churchill's life as recounted in his own words.
©2012 Martin Gilbert (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
This is a complication of some of Churchill's best writing and speeches, compiled by Churchill historian Martin Gilbert. No more good can be said about it: Churchill was the greatest master of English prose since, I dunno, Macaulay or Gibbon, and Michael Jayston is one of the most compelling readers of a certain type of writing (le Carre, Robert Harris, P.D. James) that exists. His Churchillian accent is excellent. This is a book you will return to many times. A wonderful find.
"A facinating portrait of a brilliant man."
I found this portayal of Winston Churchill and the events surrounding his political career facinating and I was unable to stop listening. Actually better than many works of fiction, the story unfolds of Churchills struggles and triumphs through his own words. I am not a historian and prefer fiction normally but now I really want to know more about the events that unfolded around this time and the true nature of what happened (other than the Hollywood versions that usually proffer there own fictional accounts!)
The narration is very effective and for anyone who is interested in learning about how Britain stood so alone and still managed to resist the onslaught of two of histories most destructive wars, then it is very well worth a listen.
"Captures Churchill Evocatively"
This is a good introduction and summary of Churchill as a person and as a politician and the audible format is obviously the best way to capture his effectiveness as an orator.
Michael Jayson's performance reflects Churchill as he was and as he has been imagined.
Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in Churchill or 20th century history.
"Excellent must have Churchill book"
Fact that Churchill was an amazing wordsmith with a massive intellect.
So many, enjoyed it all. Perhaps "No to being in Europe" very apt and we should take notice
Pride in being British
A must have book, long but not long enough for me! Slightly marked down has it jumps a bit remember this is a series of speeches.
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