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Great Britain’s most celebrated statesman, Winston Churchill, didn’t just live history - he made it. In these 24 lectures that unfurl like a great story, enjoy a thorough, multifaceted exploration of Churchill’s life, accomplishments, complexities, and legacies. 

Guiding you chronologically through the life and times of this master statesman, Professor Shelden takes you from the dawn of Churchill’s political career to his final years in a much-changed geopolitical landscape. You’ll examine Churchill’s beginnings as a young liberal statesman, his rise to the Admiralty and his relentless push for an imposing naval force, his fight against the Nazis, his equally dramatic postwar career suspended between two different cold wars (against the Soviets and Britain’s Labour party), and more. 

You’ll also get fascinating insights into Churchill’s iconic public speeches, his philosophies of freedom and history, and his early realizations of the dangers of both Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia. But these lectures never shy away from examining how Churchill’s preference for the backward glance of history occasionally distorted his view of the future, leading to missteps and disasters, including his failure to understand the rise of independence movements in the British colonies and his controversial World War II bombing campaigns in German cities like Dresden. 

Poet, historian, statesman, soldier, prime minister, husband - Churchill played many roles throughout his life. And these lectures bring them all together to create a fascinating, multilayered biography. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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  • Conrad
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 11-30-18

A Sweeping, Fascinating Life

Has anyone ever lived as full a life as Winston Churchill? Soldier, adventurer, statesman, historian, journalist, novelist, painter, raconteur, quipper, bricklayer, visionary, hero, pariah--all aspects and skills forged as much by failure as triumph. Michael Shelden brings the great man to life in graceful, forceful prose, with many humorous asides and quotes. He did the same with his lectures on George Orwell.

Highly recommended!

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Churchill Rewiew

This was a fantastic and educational way to learn about one of the greatest statesman of the 20th century. Sheldon presents the lessons in a chronological and understanding manner including history lessons of Europe and events that brought Churchill to life. Well done.

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Well worth it

In a lecture format, the info came across as well as any narrated biography. Shelden does a good job holding your attention through the lectures and passes along a great deal of information on this historic icon. I have listened to a few of the Great Courses and this was my favorite in the biography genre. Great job!

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GREAT FOR STUDENTS 👍👍👍

Great overall I wouldn't compare to any of his own biography's nor others , but its a different format and worth the purchase.....👍👍👍

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