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Author: Winston Churchill Narrator: Michael Jayston Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Second World War Series, First Edition Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781780002644
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In this short and intense period of the war, Churchill’s sense of history is profound. “If the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say this was its finest hour.”

In this second volume, Britain stands alone in combat against the mortal threat posed to civilization, liberal democracy, and human decency. Between May 1940 and January 1941, the world witnessed some of the most spectacular military victories of all time. The audacity and brilliance of Hitler’s Blitzkrieg staggered both France and Britain. The Allies had prepared for a repeat of the entrenched First World War instead of something altogether more terrifying, mobile, and destructive.

The consequences were almost fatal. Dunkirk was a victory plucked from the jaws of defeat. The Battle of Britain was defiance against the odds but mastery of the skies remained in British hands and “Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.” In the deserts of North Africa, the outnumbered British forces went from victory to victory against Mussolini’s conscripted men. There were many hardships and disasers to come, but Churchill could rightly proclaim “Alone but up—born by every generous heartbeat of mankind—we had defied the tyrant in the height of his triumph.”

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  • “Written with simplicity, lucidity, and gusto. This book is history.”

    New York Times

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About the Author

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874–1965), an author, artist, war correspondent, and politician, is best known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. After a brief but eventful army career, Churchill became a member of Parliament in 1900, launching a political career that spanned more than sixty years. He served as prime minister from 1940–1945 and from 1951–1955. His numerous honors include the Nobel Prize in Literature, knighthood, and receiving honorary citizenship of the United States from President Kennedy in 1963.

About the Narrator

Michael Jayston is a highly regarded actor, having appeared in numerous films, among them Cromwell, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zulu Dawn, and Nicholas and Alexandra. He has many television credits to his name as well, such as Element of Doubt, A Bit of a Do, Outside Edge, and Only Fools and Horses, while on stage he has been seen in Henry V and Hamlet for the RSC, as well as Private Lives and The Way of the World. His audiobook work has won him six AudioFile Earphones Awards.