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The Great Democracies: A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume IV | [Winston Churchill]

The Great Democracies: A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume IV

The fourth and last volume in Churchill's famous account spans 1815 to 1901. It closes when the British Empire is at its peak, with a staggering one-fifth of the human race presided over by the longest reigning monarch in British history: Queen Victoria.
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The fourth and last volume in Churchill's famous account spans 1815 to 1901. It closes when the British Empire is at its peak, with a staggering one-fifth of the human race presided over by the longest reigning monarch in British history: Queen Victoria.

In America he assesses the position of the "Great Republic" from slavery and secession to its position as a world superpower. He charts the rise of Germany and the unification of Italy and examines the situation in the Balkans in 1878, all of which had a deep impact not only on the war he was soon to fight, but on the geography of the European continent today.

Don't miss the rest of the titles in this great series!

  • Volume I – The Birth of Britain: A History of the English Speaking Peoples,
  • Volume II – The New World: A History of the English Speaking Peoples, and
  • Volume III – The Age of Revolution: A History of the English Speaking Peoples.

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      Tommy D'Angelo North Providence, RI United States 08-08-15
      Tommy D'Angelo North Providence, RI United States 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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      "Churchill knows his stuff but left me wanting more"
      Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

      Pluses:
      • Covers the European peace treaty post-Napoleon, The Crimean War, the rise of Germany, and the Russo-Turkish war relatively well

      Minuses:
      • At times it was difficult to listen to (flowery language obscured the meaning of what the writer was trying to convey)
      • Too much time seemed to be spent on politics in England
      • Too much time spent on minute details of events like the wars rather than summarize the main conclusions or how certain details related to the greater picture
      • Was expecting it to be more focused on England than other countries
      • Was left with a sense that the general progression of English society to a modern state was not covered or at least not summarized


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      8/19/13
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      "easy listening - modern history"
      Would you listen to The Great Democracies again? Why?

      It is easy to listen to and contains more events and facts than I can remember


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      Winston Churchill he significantly changed the course of the war and never gave up.


      What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

      clearly spoken and engaging. liked his Churchill voice


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

      it is too long for that


      Any additional comments?

      in my top ten audible books

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