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A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume 2: The New World Hardcover – Nov 1956

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld Nicolson Illustrated; 5th ed 2nd impression edition (Nov. 1956)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304925047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304925049
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 832,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cassell & Co. Publishers, Fifth edition, Second Impression 1968. The whole book remains in very good condition: dust cover bright with no sign of damage, red cloth hardcover remains bright, text all clean, neat and tight. Prompt dispatch from UK

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During the years in the wilderness leading up to the second world war, the Churchill household was short of cash, and Churchill had to return to his pen as a means of earning a living. He conceived this grand project, no less than a complete history of the English speaking peoples; from our island origins to world domination, as a means of making that living. From the outset it was intended to be a best seller, and as such had to read as a great story rather than as a dry history.

In this attempt Churchill succeeds, and these books are a great and very readable story. However, they are coloured by Churchill's own view of the world, his own prejudices and his own ego.

This second volume covers the period from 1485 to 1688. This is an exciting time in English history, covering the reformation, civil war and glorious revolution, three events that have far reaching consequences and shape our lives even today. Churchill has done a great job of distilling it down to a few key episodes, and laying out the sequence of events in a clear fashion. The triumph of the book is the very readable prose, as he intended it is no scholarly, yet boring analysis, but a highly entertaining romp through the events that made this great nation.

This (and the other three volumes) is highly recommended for those with a casual interest in history, and find the usual text books far too dull. Also, anyone who enjoys a good tale will find much to enjoy here. For an authoritative history text I would advise you to look elsewhere.
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HASH(0x999e55a0) out of 5 stars a convenient reference 26 Sept. 2011
By Fred Camfield - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Like most histories covering an extended period of time, there are limits to the details that can be included. I have always found this particuluar history to be a convenient reference. The complete set is in four volumes and should be purchased as a set. Volume I, "The Birth of Britain." covers the period from the Roman invasion to the end of the Saxon period and the beginning of the Normans, ending with King Richard III and the War of the Roses. Volume 2, "The New World," covers the period from late Medieval period (starting with about the Tudor kings) up to arrival of William of Orange. Volume 3, "The Age of Revolution," picks up the tale from William of Orange up through the creation of the British Empire, and ends with the Napoleonic era and the Congress of Vienna. Volume 4, "The Great Democracies," covers more recent history. All volumes are well indexed and contain useful maps, genealogy tables. I have always found it to be a useful reference, both for checking back on some family history, and for keeping things straight when reading historical novels.
HASH(0x999f70cc) out of 5 stars Perfect purchase 4 April 2014
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This added to my collection and I am very pleased with my purchase. Concise well written history book which is informative and easy to read. The book fitted the sellers description exactly.
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