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Churchill: The Power of Words [Hardcover]

Winston S. Churchill , Dr Martin Gilbert
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7 Jun 2012

Throughout his six decades in the public eye, Winston Churchill understood and wielded the power of words. In his speeches, books and newspaper and magazine articles, he expressed his feelings and laid out his vision for the future. His wartime writings and speeches in particular have fascinated generation after generation with their powerful narrative style and thoughtful reflection.

In this book Martin Gilbert has skilfully selected 200 extracts from Churchill's entire oeuvre of books, articles and speeches that reflect his life story, career and philosophy. They range from intimate memories of his childhood and schooldays to his contributions to more than 50 years of debates on social policy and on war and his efforts after 1945 to see the world a better place. In them we see how he used words for different purposes: to argue for moral and political causes, to advocate courses of action in the social, national and international spheres, and to tell the story of his own life, struggles, setbacks and achievements.

As Churchill's official biographer, Martin Gilbert is uniquely qualified to select from Churchill's own inimitable words not only those that describe the main adventures of his life and the crises of his career, but also those passages that express the essence of Churchill's thoughts and personality. Gilbert's informed and subtle choice of extracts, together with his illuminating introductory and explanatory text linking them together, create a fascinating and compelling biographical narrative of Churchill's life as recounted in the great man's own words. They provide an invaluable insight into Churchill's character and how he made his mark on Britain and the world stage.

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0593070089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593070086
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Washington Times, 7/31/12"What makes this particular volume stand out is the expert's encyclopedic knowledge about the subject-and his keen eye in choosing the most exceptional works of a man who wrote and spoke so many of them. Mr. Gilbert has long been Churchill's greatest champion, but he wisely takes a secondary role to simply provide brief thoughts on each excerpt's historical significance. In doing so, Churchill's astonishing mastery of the English language can thereby do all the talking...a superb volume of Churchill's writings and speeches." Veterans Reporter, 9/1/12"[A] masterful book and a history worth buying and reading and paying attention to." Buffalo News, 9/30/12"Churchill's speeches...sing in a way English language statesmen and politicians have tried unsuccessfully to match ever since. This volume has them all, and in chronological order, often with brief lead-ins to supply context, so it can be read as a history of the British Empire during the first have of the 20th century, or used as an anthology of Churchillian quotations...Kudos to Sir Gilbert for the service he has performed in packing the best of Churchill into one comprehensible volume." Sacramento Book Review, October 2012"Will give the reader great insight into the history of Britain during the time of Churchill and Churchill's own development into the leader during their 'finest hour.' Highly recommended especially in this age of politics over character." Charleston Post & Courier, 11/11/12"With 200 extracts well chosen by historian and Churchill biographer Martin Gilbert, this book isn't just informative and entertaining. It's inspiring." Named a San Francisco Book Review Staff Pick for "Best Books of 2012" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Winston Churchill's remarkable life recounted through his writing and speeches.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday Present 4 Nov 2012
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Great book at a great price!! Not only does it tell the story of Churchill but has his letters and pictures to. Although I bought this book, it was a present for a family member and I know they have enjoyed reading this book!! Its a must buy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some surprising insights 6 April 2014
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I feel I know quite a bit about Churchill's life and work but this book includes some insights into his earlier life and politics which came as a little bit of a surprise. But goodness what language he used both in writing and in speeches. Modern politicians sound like not very well educated children in comparison, and the thoughts he dealt in were of a different order from what we are now expected to worry about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Power of Words 13 Jan 2014
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Churchill claimed that it was his oratory that was his greatest contribution to the Second World War. This book bears this out
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Piece, a background to conflict 12 Aug 2013
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This is a book that needs to be read by anyone interested in how one man can manage the mindset of millions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 3 April 2013
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I would say that Martin Gilbert has excelled himself but the man is so good at his art that it is impossible to say that.

This is written in such a way as if Sir Winston was speaking his life story

A brilliant book from a brilliant historian
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