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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Bloombury (29 Jan. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472586409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472586407
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sir Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on two occasions, from 1940-1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Celebrated as one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century, he was also a gifted orator, statesman and historian. The author of more than 40 books, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 and in 1963 was made an honorary citizen of the United States.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roy Brocklebank on 12 May 2014
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I had read the 1923 paper edition; this is the revised 1938 edition. There are no clues as to where he may have updated the book or modified his conclusions over the last 15 years.

You certainly get the impression that he was the driving force behind the build up and modernisation of the Royal Navy aided initially by the retired 1st Sea Lord, Lord Fisher, later brought back in at the age of 74 as the wartime professional head of the Navy.

As you would expect, this is a powerful, well written and resourced volume but you must always bear in mind that it is largely autobiographical and while WSC is careful to represent dissenting views and opinions these are only his own views. Although we know the story it is written in such a way as to grip the student as detail after detail leads inexorably to war.

The Kindle edition is invaluable as you can easily look up words with which you are unfamiliar. Using the Kindle Fire or a computer will show a few graphics better detail and in colour.

I am currently in Volume 2 and the Gallipoli Campaign; the writer again holds the reader spellbound and reveals the truth about Volume 1.

As an historical primer leading as to war it remains an excellent contemporary volume and at £4.95 for all 5 volumes is one without which you should not be. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PDX on 6 May 2014
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There is much to be learnt here. What were the strategic considerations behind the naval arms race of the 20th century. What really meant British naval power. How you would organize naval squadrons at sea and ensure supremacy. How Germany alienated England, why England went to war, and why after its original effort Germany's defeat was virtually ensured.
Churchill's style is also brilliant, with strong images without ever being pompous.
This is a unique insight from a brilliant man at the nexus of the events and about real power. And reasoned, cold logical use of power.

Never read something quite like it...
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Typically verbose explanations but insightful for a history buff. Once you get to grips with the style of writing and understand that it was written as a record of the events as Churchill saw them (and his need to defend his actions) it is an interesting piece of work.

You will however need to put some time aside to get through just this first volume.
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History at its finest including all the technical details political intrigue allowing the reader to experience the complexities of the time.
To think this was all happening a 100 years ago. There is such a difference and understatement in Churchill the author and the statesman. There is a human side to him as he admits mistakes as well as justifies his decisions
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BAHAMIAN on 21 July 2014
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Reads very much like a politician excusing his mistakes and blaming it all on his underlings. Still a good insight into the times involved. I also started on book 2 but soon grew bored with the blame ducking.
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