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Churchill, Winston S.: Prophet of Truth v. 5
Churchill, Winston S.: Prophet of Truth v. 5
by Martin Gilbert
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book, 8 Aug 2013
Prophet of Truth by Martin Gilbert is a very good book dealing with the period from Churchill's re-joining of the Conservative Party and becoming Chancellor of the Exchequer through his famous decade long period in the political wilderness until he is eventually brought back into government at the outbreak of war. The book itself is well-written, informative, detailed and fast-paced. The Churchill who emerges in this volume is famously back in the Conservative Party but also incredibly distrusted by them. Although he is a moderately successful Chancellor by the mid-1930s his reputation in the Conservative Party and in the country has hit rock bottom due to some of the causes that he fights for. However, by the end of the volume Churchill due to his warnings about Hitler is the most popular politician in the country but is still immensely distrusted by the Conservative Party as a whole and some of his fellow government ministers in particular. Overall, a very good book about one of the defining periods in Churchill's life.


Churchill, Winston S.: World in Torment v. 4
Churchill, Winston S.: World in Torment v. 4
by Martin Gilbert
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book, 8 Aug 2013
World in Torment by Martin Gilbert is an excellent book dealing with the period from Churchill's first period in the wilderness after Gallipoli through his administration of the Ministry of Munitions, the War Office and the Colonial Office until his defeat in Dundee in 1924. It is a well-written, informative and detailed book covering a very important part of Churchill's life both personally and professionally. The Churchill who emerges in this work is much changed due to his experiences and the damage that the Dardanelles has done to his career. Throughout the volume we see the serious and able administrator involved with many of the most important questions in British politics in the initial post-war period who is partially able to rebuild some of his former reputation but by the end of the book is starring once again into the political abyss. All in all this is an excellent book.


Churchill, Winston S.: Challenge of War v. 3
Churchill, Winston S.: Challenge of War v. 3
by Martin Gilbert
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book, 7 Aug 2013
The Challenge of War by Martin Gilbert is a very good book dealing with Churchill's administration of the Admiralty in the early part of World War One through the disastrous Gallipoli expedition and his subsequent fall from grace and time in the trenches right through to the formation of Lloyd George's coalition government and his apparent marginalisation. The book itself is very well-written, informative and detailed and even though it is by a different author is remarkably similar in both style and substance to the previous volume of this biography. (I know that Martin Gilbert was already involved when the first two volumes were produced but it is still pretty remarkable for there to be little if any change when one author takes over from someone else.) The Churchill who emerges in the early part of this volume is an energetic and lively statesman who vigorously pursues the war effort but has his glittering career cut short by the Gallipoli campaign which he rightly or wrongly is single ousted for. By the end of the book the Churchill who appears is a changed man who at times seems to be brow-beaten by his marginalisation from the highest echelons of British politics but is vigorously trying to defend his reputation, and partly due to his experiences in the trenches is immensely critical of how the war is being run. All in all a very good book.


Churchill, Winston S.: The Young Statesman, 1901-14 v. 2
Churchill, Winston S.: The Young Statesman, 1901-14 v. 2
by Randolph S. Churchill
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book, 7 Aug 2013
Young Statesman by Randolph Churchill is an excellent book dealing with the early political career of Winston Churchill from his election to the House of Commons as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Oldham through his defection to the Liberal Party, his time as President of the Board of Trade and as Home Secretary until the outbreak of World War One when he was head of the Admirality. The book itself is very well-written, informative and detailed and there is a change in the style and structure compared to the first volume which makes it more enjoyable for the reader. It is also a remarkably unbiased work when you consider the author's relationship to the subject. It also debunks many of the more unflattering and unjustifiable myths that have perpetuated from this time forward about Churchill. The Churchill who emerges in this volume is a talented statesman committed to social reform who changes his party allegiance over a principle and then rises very quickly to the upper echelons of British politics but does create a number of enemies and leaves some unflattering impressions. We also see the romantic and loving side of his character through the relationship with his wife. All in all an excellent book.


Skyfall [DVD]
Skyfall [DVD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Film, 11 July 2013
This review is from: Skyfall [DVD] (DVD)
Skyfall may be the 23rd James Bond film but it is possibly the best. The cast are very good, especially Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem but what really makes this film shine is the excellent storyline and brilliant script which fizzes along. A slight drawback with the DVD is that you get very little in terms of special features. Overall though a wonderful film.


Sir Charles Dilke:  A Victorian Tragedy
Sir Charles Dilke: A Victorian Tragedy
by Roy Jenkins
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Biography of a Forgotten Nearly Man of Late Victorian Politics, 11 July 2013
Sir Charles Dilke by Roy Jenkins is a very good book examining the life of one of the might have-beens of British politics. Although not as polished as some of Jenkins' later works it is still a well-written and informative work which really sparkles in the chapters dealing with the unfortunate divorce case which brought down a man who at the time was seen as a potential leader of the Liberal Party. Overall, a very good book about a half-forgotten man and the events that brought his front-rank political career to an untimely and unfortunate end.


Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom
by Conrad Black
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Biography of One of the most Influential Presidents, 11 July 2013
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FDR- Champion of Freedom by Conrad Black is a very good biography of the one and only four-term President of the United States. This is a work about FDR in the round, it is both an examination of his private life and his public career, and even though it is obvious that the author is sympathetic towards his subject he is not afraid to be critical and pass judgement on some of Roosevelt's decisions and actions. It is well-written, informative and opinionated, and although it is of a considerable length it is well worth the effort. All in all a very good book about the President who defined American politics for a generation and played a pivotal role in saving the world from tyranny.


Splendid! Splendid!: The Authorized Biography of Willie Whitelaw
Splendid! Splendid!: The Authorized Biography of Willie Whitelaw
by Mark Garnett
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book, 1 May 2013
Splendid! Splendid! is a very good book dealing with the life and career of the former Northern Ireland Secretary, Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister Willie Whitelaw. It is well-written, informative and opinionated, although the bias of the authors can be grating at times. Nevertheless it is a good biography and also tells the story of Britain and the Conservative Party in the mid to late 20th century. Overall, a very good if rather biased book about one of the last patrician One-Nation Tories.


Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election That Brought on the Civil War
Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election That Brought on the Civil War
by Douglas R. Egerton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 18.83

4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book, 1 May 2013
Year of Meteors by Douglas R. Egerton is a very good book detailing the story of American politics in the tulmutuous year of 1860. It is a well-written, informative and opinionated work and shows how events built up to the election of that year and the secession crisis that followed. There are slight structural problems, and there are certainly a lot of names to remember but these are pretty minor technicalities. All in all a very good book which tells not just the well-known story of Abraham lincoln but also that of Stephen Douglas, John Bell and John C. Breckinridge and how each thought they had a chance to emerge victorious at certain points during the year.


Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Penguin history)
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Penguin history)
by James M. McPherson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Work, 1 May 2013
Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson is a brilliant work detailing the history of the United States from the mid-1840s to the end of the Civil War. It is well-written, informative, detailed and opinionated and puts the American Civil War into the wider context of the history of the country. For example if you wish to know about the Compromise of 1850, the Whig Party, the Kansas-Nebraska Act or the Dred Scott case then this is the book for you. The only slight drawback is that it is quite a long volume but it is so beautifully written that it is simply a pleasure to read. Overall, an excellent book.


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