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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (65 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Lukacs Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781482955354
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On May 13, 1940, Winston Churchill stood before the House of Commons to deliver his first speech as Prime Minister. Europe was in crisis: Three days earlier, Germany had invaded France and the Low Countries. Facing only feeble resistance, Hitler’s armies were rapidly sweeping westward. Churchill had little support within the British government when he rose to address it that day. He lacked confidence, both in himself and in his ability to lead his nation to victory, for he recognized far earlier than most the military genius of Adolph Hitler, and the potency of the German military. In Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat, the eminent historian and master storyteller John Lukacs recreates this pivotal moment in world history, and reveals Churchill as he has rarely been seen before: as a man both unsure of himself and deeply fearful of his nation’s defeat. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Churchill was a word-spinner if genius…A splendid anthology.”

    Sunday Telegraph

  • “John Lee's bright, eloquent, and briskly paced narration gives just the right feel to this production.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/16/2013

    " There was a lot of history covered that I was not aware of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey | 3/7/2013

    " interesting book about the monthes of May through September 1940 in England during the second world war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Djdee | 2/22/2013

    " I enjoy anything about churchill.Big fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/21/2012

    " Interesting read. All about the ascendancy of Churchill to power in 1940 and the speech he gave and it's impact on the war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 PastAllReason | 8/9/2012

    " Very readable book about the influence of Churchill's speeches, starting with Churchills' first speech in May, 1940 on his assumption of the role of PM. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 1/6/2012

    " Good historical biography of those days at the beging of WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gala | 8/12/2011

    " A quick read, with a very clear overview of Churchill's May 13, 1940 speech, and how it impacted the whole war. Well-written and comprehensive, yet with good details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Miller | 6/1/2011

    " This was my first time reading Lukacs and his prose style took a bit of getting used to, but I loved his insights on Churchill. There will definitely be more Lukacs in my future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 11/22/2010

    " Audiobook very well read, but I kept finding my mind wandering. Despite the excellent reader, the prose is a bit dry. It's so short that I'll probably listen again. An interesting subject focusing on how Churchill dealt with the beginning of World War II. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 7/22/2010

    " Good historical biography of those days at the beging of WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 6/5/2010

    " Audiobook very well read, but I kept finding my mind wandering. Despite the excellent reader, the prose is a bit dry. It's so short that I'll probably listen again. An interesting subject focusing on how Churchill dealt with the beginning of World War II. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Djdee | 4/30/2010

    " I enjoy anything about churchill.Big fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gala | 7/25/2008

    " A quick read, with a very clear overview of Churchill's May 13, 1940 speech, and how it impacted the whole war. Well-written and comprehensive, yet with good details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 PastAllReason | 5/31/2008

    " Very readable book about the influence of Churchill's speeches, starting with Churchills' first speech in May, 1940 on his assumption of the role of PM. "

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About the Author
Author John Lukacs

John Lukacs was professor of history at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, until his retirement and has been visiting professor at many universities. He is the author of twenty-one books, among them The Hitler of History, The Duel, The End of the Twentieth Century and the End of the Modern Age (which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and A Thread of Years. He is the recipient of numerous academic honors and awards.

About the Narrator

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.