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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 10 November 2014
If you were to buy just one `Churchill' book, this would be an excellent choice.

Sir Martin Gilbert's superb anthology is drawn from a very wide range of sources; Churchill's own books, newspaper and magazine articles, transcripts of speeches, speech notes and Hansard. Each item has a brief paragraph of introduction to set the context before Churchill's unique and unmistakable written voice speaks from the page.

The book is arranged chronologically in order of the events described, not as the items were written. So, for example, several of the opening entries are from `My Early Life' which was of course published many years later. Very helpfully, each double page has the year printed top left and Churchill's age at the time printed top right, quicker than the index if you know an approximate date for the speech or article you are looking for.

About one third of the over 400 pages of the main text concern the Second World War, the other two thirds are equally interesting, if in parts less generally well-known - a reminder of his astonishing activity in political life over six decades. The text is supplemented by 20 maps, 50 pictures, a detailed reference for each reading and the index.

Whether an item is familiar or not, his words always feel fresh and stimulating to read; not only the famous speeches and phrases that have entered the English language, but also the day-to-day business of politics such as his robust, sparkling performance on the 1945 election trail in Walthamstow before an audience that was not entirely friendly.

This is an inspiring and timeless collection that puts modern-day events and politics firmly in perspective!
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on 29 August 2013
This selection of Churchill's writings and speeches, carefully selected by Martin Gilbert from across some 80 years including two World Wars, reminds us of the power and inspiration that one human being can generate through the use of words.
Edited to provide enjoyable and easily digestible reading, this great story recounts one man’s struggle to united the free world and overcome tyranny. From a nine year old’s pleasure devouring Treasure Island; to an octogenarian’s wisdom, ‘Let us not lose heart. Our future is one of high hope’, Churchill's wordsmithery is a delight.
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on 6 April 2014
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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on 18 March 2013
sir martin worjks in the churchill vineyard for 40 years . he almost single handedled wrote th official biography . yet this february he had a cerebral attack that will hasten his retirement . this book good as all the others is one of his last maybe .
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on 4 November 2012
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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on 3 April 2013
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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on 13 January 2014
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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on 12 August 2013
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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on 3 August 2014
Excellent read, shame there aren't a few politicians around today with the same foresight and fortitude that he had !
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on 2 January 2014
I can rate it 5 stars simply because of its author and content. However, the book was bought as a gift for a friend in Hong Kong who admires Churchill and his writings. She reports satisfaction with the book.
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