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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Stafford Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Winston Churchill believed passionately in the value of secret intelligence, in times of war as well as of peace. Historian David Stafford makes the compelling case that one cannot understand Churchill’s astounding success as a modern-day statesman without reference to his deep involvement in the world of espionage.

With absorbing detail about the secret world of agents and double agents, this groundbreaking work traces Churchill’s connections with that world, from his days as a member of the cabinet that established the Secret Service to the war years, when his extensive intelligence network provided him with superior information. What results is a major contribution to the study of modern and military history and a crucial missing key to understanding Churchill himself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Insightful…In providing this balanced but never dull portrait, Stafford had added a new dimension to our understanding of this ever-fascinating titan while simuntaneously throwing an illuminating light on the development of Britain’s intelligence services during his long and momentous life.”

    New York Times

  • “Starting off as the standard BBC announcer, narrator Frederick Davidson cranks up for the stirring speeches and dips the pithy observations in venom or bile. This reading is superb.”


  • “Stafford's narrative is concise, easy to follow, and often exciting. Lovers of spy novels should get particular enjoyment from the fine examination of the genuine article.”


  • “A first-rate and, what is more remarkable, an original contribution to Churchilliana, of sure interest to students of Churchill, modern history, or military intelligence.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patrick | 6/23/2012

    " Excellent read. Churchill is my favorite 20th century man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by A Smith | 12/27/2008

    " A book on WSC that's not about his brilliant speeches but on his amazing insights and predictions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Thomas | 2/18/2008

    " Who was manipulating whom. Churchill and Great Britain needed the us and the US need Great Britain "

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About the Author

David Stafford is an expert in intelligence and espionage operations and the author of numerous books. A former diplomat, he is currently projects director at the Centre for the Study of the Two World Wars at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a Leverhulme Emeritus Professor in the University’s School of History, Classics, and Archaeology.