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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Classic
What can I say, this is a great set written by one of history's great men (not without his faults mind you). It's just an interesting read written with wit and vigor (and phrasing as only Churchill can provide). This set is a real pleasure to go through (without being so detailed as to be laborious). Certainly if one wants to delve further into specific points, there are...
Published on 28 Feb 2011 by MDB

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3.0 out of 5 stars I am a Churchill fan but this is not his finest work
Normally Churchill, and I have read most of his work, sets a fast pace and one does not want to put down the book before the end. This is different. I haven't read books 1-3 (this was much cheaper) but I have left the book about a quarter of the way through (to read the Roy Jenkins biography of WSC, much more interesting). You would need to be really dedicated to...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Classic, 28 Feb 2011
What can I say, this is a great set written by one of history's great men (not without his faults mind you). It's just an interesting read written with wit and vigor (and phrasing as only Churchill can provide). This set is a real pleasure to go through (without being so detailed as to be laborious). Certainly if one wants to delve further into specific points, there are references to relevant source material (and one can look to more modern research, but it's probably no where near as fun to read).
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4.0 out of 5 stars The History Of The English Speaking Peoples, Volume 4: The Great Democracies, Winston Churchill - A great tale, 21 Feb 2011
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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 1816 to 1900. For the first time in the series Churchill really gets to grips with te formation and history of the colonies, with a great deal of attention paid to the American Civil War. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars The History Of The English Speaking Peoples, Volume 4: The Great Democracies, Winston Churchill - A great tale, 21 Feb 2011
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This review is from: the great democracies (Hardcover)
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 1816 to 1900. For the first time in the series Churchill really gets to grips with te formation and history of the colonies, with a great deal of attention paid to the American Civil War. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars The History Of The English Speaking Peoples, Volume 4: The Great Democracies, Winston Churchill - A great tale, 21 Feb 2011
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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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 1816 to 1900. For the first time in the series Churchill really gets to grips with te formation and history of the colonies, with a great deal of attention paid to the American Civil War. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars The History Of The English Speaking Peoples, Volume 4: The Great Democracies, Winston Churchill - A great tale, 21 Feb 2011
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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The History Of The English Speaking Peoples, Volume 4: The Great Democracies, Winston Churchill - A great tale

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 1816 to 1900. For the first time in the series Churchill really gets to grips with te formation and history of the colonies, with a great deal of attention paid to the American Civil War. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The History Of The English Speaking Peoples, Volume 4: The Great Democracies, Winston Churchill - A great tale, 21 Feb 2011
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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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 1816 to 1900. For the first time in the series Churchill really gets to grips with te formation and history of the colonies, with a great deal of attention paid to the American Civil War. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The History Of The English Speaking Peoples, Volume 4: The Great Democracies, Winston Churchill - A great tale, 21 Feb 2011
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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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 1816 to 1900. For the first time in the series Churchill really gets to grips with te formation and history of the colonies, with a great deal of attention paid to the American Civil War. 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful example of how a book should be written, 23 Feb 2004
If you have only a moderate interest in British History, then this is the book that you NEED to read! Winston Churchill displays his abilities as not only a leader of a nation but also a historian and an author of such a calibre to rival any modern history texts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A History by Churchil, 25 Feb 2014
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This review is from: A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Vol. 4: The Great Democracies (Kindle Edition)
Very readable for all anglophiles and well researched. Obvious gaps in the history and some inoccuous inaccuracies but well worth the read and to keep for reference
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5.0 out of 5 stars Churchill, 26 Aug 2013
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How did Churchill find the time to write so much? Did he have a really good researcher??? Anyway, you can hear his voice through all of this, telling the various stories with apparent objectivity, and generally at a good pace. I felt that it floundered a bit in the American Civil War, making rather too much of what was at the time a minor internal dust-up (did anyone really think the South were going to win when they all kept going back home to tend their fields?) Recommended.
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