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)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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.
Chet Yarbrough, an audio book addict, exercises two cocker spaniels twice a day with an Ipod in his pocket and earbuds in his ears. Hope these few reviews seduce the public into a similar obsession but walk safely and be aware of the unaware.
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.
Great series - perhaps the last edition a little weaker than the rest owing to Churchill's weakened position/ access to power
I use my left foot to type my reviews.
Sir Winston Churchill - The Second World War The Grand Alliance. This is the third book in a four book series. It's extremely good because it's first hand from Churchill. I read the past two books in order and the third series gets even better. I started this book overnight and woke up early to finish it. In this book, Churchill explains more about the battles of the field. My only sad face is that I need to wait until my credits renew to listen to the fourth and last book, Triumph and Tragedy. There is a great review on the fourth book and due to the respect to the reviewer, I won't be writing my own review on Triumph and Tragedy, because they did an superb job at reviewing the book. I can't wait.
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