This volume of Churchill's history of the Second World War recounts the events of 1941 surrounding America's entry into the War, Hitler's march on Russia, and the alliance between Britain and America.
"After the first forty days we were alone," writes Churchill. This edition is part two of Churchill's own abridgement of his original six-volume history of the Second World War.
Please note: This book was originally published in six volumes:
1. The Gathering Storm
2. Their Finest Hour
3. The Grand Alliance
4. The Hinge of Fate
5. Closing the Ring
6. Triumph and Tragedy
Churchill then condensed these into four volumes, which have since been released as one, rather hefty, publication. This is an unabridged recording of Churchill's condensed volume, broken up into four parts, as follows:
1. Milestone to Disaster
3. The Grand Alliance
4. Triumph and Tragedy
©1990 The Estate of Winston Churchill; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
The clearness of the language and his willingness to take responsibility for failure and share success make Winston Churchill a true leader and devoted statesman. His ability to articulate the importance of personal relationships to make decisions is a template for our political leaders
Self-employed autodidact. Recipient of an unconventional education. Be a "Generalist" and never have a dull moment!
To have such a readable and fascinating first-hand account of the highest levels of command during the war that defined the 20th century and set the stage for our own time is a treasure. If by forgetting history we are doomed to repeat it, this account is nothing short of a call to arms against fate itself. Read it.
I recommend reading a good bio of Winston Churchill before hand it will make this series all the more enjoyable as you will have the pleasure of his thinking within a familiar context.
The entire war as seen through the eyes of Winston Churchhill. A mesmerizing account, thorough and personal.The best book on World War II that I have read.
This four-volume set is absolutely riveting, and one of the best war accounts I've read. Not only is it historically accurate, it contains details only recountable by the British Prime Minister at the time of the war. This set is an absolute gem, and Christian Rodska, the man who reads it, sounds very Churchill-esque, so one has the impression that one is hearing it read by Churchill himself.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
History shows Churchill to be one of the greatest orators of war since Abraham Lincoln. He is also a fine writer. “…The Grand Alliance” is a fascinating first-hand account of an English Prime Minister/First Lord of the Admiralty’s perception of the great events of World War II. During the war years, Winston Churchill became the equivalent of a U. S. President and Secretary of Defense rolled into one. Winston Churchill, like Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Roosevelt join a list of extraordinary men.
This is an extraordinary history of WWII because it is written by a principal participant. Subsequent historians have clarified and expanded Churchill’s observations. The perspective of time seems to have been kind to Churchill’s memory of events.
Science geek, science fiction writer and reader, generalized policy wonk.
This review really could cover the whole four-part series. With no hyperbole, I can say that this was an eye-opening view of the point on which the whole 20th century pivoted. Churchill was a phenomenally gifted writer and having access to his insights and involvement gave me a view into WW II that was surprising, enlightening and very entertaining. One is struck by the prescience of Churchill's insights into both the Nazi regime and the Stalinist regime. I was also struck, particularly in Alone (the volume immediately preceding this) the level at which Britain really was by itself and one cannot help but come away with a renewed admiration for this island and her remarkable people.
I have devoured the entire series and will definitely return to these volumes in the future. Yes, there are places where the narrative seems a bit self-serving on the part of Churchill but he is also able to point the finger at himself when he read things incorrectly or made a judgment that, in light of what happened, he might have thought better of so it isn't really obnoxious.
Christian Rodska hits precisely the right place between sounding like a passable Churchill while not seeming like he is trying to imitate him. At several points over the course of the books, I had to remind myself that while the words were Churchill's the voice was not.
Military history, Contemporary sci-fi/fantasy, Classics and Sport biographies ... in that order!
A lot more politics and strategy in this book as the alliance forms and begins fighting back. Enjoyable as always, roll on book 4!
Interesting but difficult.
Churchill is the central character so it would be difficult for him not to be my favorite.
Just the first two in the series. This one is consistantly good.
As with the other books in the series it makes me worry about the future of our country because we are repeating so many of the same mistakes.
Everyone should read this series. As Churchill says, WWII was the "unnecessary war". The mistakes of the allies after WWI led to WWII. If we learn from these mistakes perhaps we could avoid future wars.
"Another engrossing instalment"
I've been riveted by the first three parts of Churchill's mastery story of the Second World War of which this is the third. Even though much of the narration relates to the strategy behind and execution of battles I found this book gripping, filling me with awe over Churchill's stamina and single-minded dedication to his tasks. In retrospect it's frightening to think of the risks he took flying hither and thither to speak face to face with Roosevelt, Stalin and various other leaders as the war raged. I am struck by his patient diplomacy, humility and willingness to admit mistakes, but at the same time being fearless in his quest to save Western Civilization. This book tells the stories of the USSR's heroic struggles and of disaster and then triumph in North Africa when, at last, the Allies started to have successes. I've down-loaded the fourth and final part of this monumental work and will start listening right away. It's a testament to Churchill's fine writing (and Christian Roska's outstanding narration) that such a wealth of detail about war should be so engrossing.
"A mind Boggling and inspirational listen"
His diaries are probably the most evocative books I have ever listened to. A absolutely awesome man who thrived in the most complex and terrible period of our worlds history. Incredible stuff.
"A really worthwhile read"
Winston Churchill is a great writer besides being a great Prime Minister. Really good to hear it form his point of view rather than from others writing about him or the war. You definitely realise this was a man ahead of his time, and one of the few to really get Hitler.
"History at it's best."
I have listened to all of the books in the series now. They are some of the best history I have every listened to. Christian Rodska could not be better, at times you think you are listening to Winston Churchill him self. If you want to know what happen during the second world war from someone who was at the centre of world affairs, then listen to The second world war By Winston Churchill. I can't wait to listen to them again.
This is as a whole a fascinating account of the Second World War, and this volume is itself no less than that, dealing as it does with the momentous entry of the US into the war. Very comprehensible, it makes the events and the thinking behind them accessible to any alert listener: it is of course told on a vast scale, even in this abridged version, but one really starts to feel one has a grasp of the totality of events. Rodska narrates beautifully: at times one quite loses track that it is not Churchill speaking. Undoubtedly the best large-scale narrative I have ever read, in terms of it being a ripping yarn, excitingly written, by a man who was at the centre of it all, and here it is excellently presented.
"A must read perspective"
Churchill is such an icon of ww2 that it is useful to hear his words (well spoken) and experience first hand how he saw the main issues.
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