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Churchill: The Power of Words Hardcover – 21 Jun 2013

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (21 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593073150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593073155
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 766,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Washington Times, 7/31/12"What makes this particular volume stand out is the expert's encyclopedic knowledge about the subject-and his keen eye in choosing the most exceptional works of a man who wrote and spoke so many of them. Mr. Gilbert has long been Churchill's greatest champion, but he wisely takes a secondary role to simply provide brief thoughts on each excerpt's historical significance. In doing so, Churchill's astonishing mastery of the English language can thereby do all the talking...a superb volume of Churchill's writings and speeches." Veterans Reporter, 9/1/12"[A] masterful book and a history worth buying and reading and paying attention to." Buffalo News, 9/30/12"Churchill's speeches...sing in a way English language statesmen and politicians have tried unsuccessfully to match ever since. This volume has them all, and in chronological order, often with brief lead-ins to supply context, so it can be read as a history of the British Empire during the first have of the 20th century, or used as an anthology of Churchillian quotations...Kudos to Sir Gilbert for the service he has performed in packing the best of Churchill into one comprehensible volume." Sacramento Book Review, October 2012"Will give the reader great insight into the history of Britain during the time of Churchill and Churchill's own development into the leader during their 'finest hour.' Highly recommended especially in this age of politics over character." Charleston Post & Courier, 11/11/12"With 200 extracts well chosen by historian and Churchill biographer Martin Gilbert, this book isn't just informative and entertaining. It's inspiring." Named a San Francisco Book Review Staff Pick for "Best Books of 2012" --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Winston Churchill's remarkable life recounted through his writing and speeches.

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By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2014
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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