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 1689 to 1815. This another eventful period in British history, with the various arguments of the succession following the glorious revolution, and wars with France culminating in the Napoleonic wars. 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. My only criticism is the way he dwells upon his ancestor the Duke of Marlborough, the lengthy sections of the book regarding him are a bit distracting from the main story. 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.