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Dealing with war on a giant scale, The Grand Alliance focuses on events as Britain, after fighting a desperate battle alone, was joined in the struggle against the enemy by Soviet Russia and the United Sates.

Hitler's invasion of Russia brought to an end a period of almost exactly a year during which Britain and her Empire had stood alone. Six months later, the United States, attacked by Japan, joined the war and the Grand Alliance was born. It was a momentous turn in the course of the war and Sir Winston Churchill noted, 'United we could subdue everybody else in the world. Many disasters, immeasurable cost and tribulation lay ahead, but there was no more doubt about the end.'

©1990 The Estate of Winston Churchill; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Inspiring and gripping

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

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  • Sam
  • Evans, WA, United States
  • 04-04-15

First hand accounts just don't get any better.

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.

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Great narrative!

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.

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Remarkable!

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.

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I cannot reccommend this highly enough!

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.

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EXTRAORDINARY MEN

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.

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  • Craig
  • Fort Worth, TX, United States
  • 07-25-12

Another great installment

A lot more politics and strategy in this book as the alliance forms and begins fighting back. Enjoyable as always, roll on book 4!

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Good but more difficult for me to follow

If you could sum up The Second World War: The Grand Alliance in three words, what would they be?

Interesting but difficult.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Churchill is the central character so it would be difficult for him not to be my favorite.

Have you listened to any of Christian Rodska’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Just the first two in the series. This one is consistantly good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Steven
  • Caulfield, Australia
  • 03-03-12

Great series

If you could sum up The Second World War: The Grand Alliance in three words, what would they be?

Great series - perhaps the last edition a little weaker than the rest owing to Churchill's weakened position/ access to power

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  • Tim
  • United States
  • 03-05-11

Fast and easy read, but in detail.

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.