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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (314 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Max Hastings Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Beginning in 1940, when popular demand elevated Churchill to the role of prime minister, and concluding with the end of the war, Hastings shows us Churchill at his most intrepid and essential, when, by sheer force of will, he kept Britain from collapsing in the face of what looked like certain defeat. Later, we see his significance ebb as the United States enters the war and the Soviets turn the tide on the Eastern Front. But Churchill, Hastings reminds us, knew as well as anyone that the war would be dominated by others, and he managed his relationships with the other Allied leaders strategically, so as to maintain Britain’s influence and limit Stalin’s gains.

At the same time, Churchill faced political peril at home, a situation for which he himself was largely to blame. Hastings shows how Churchill nearly squandered the miraculous escape of the British troops at Dunkirk and failed to address fundamental flaws in the British Army. His tactical inaptitude and departmental meddling won him few friends in the military, and by 1942, many were calling for him to cede operational control. Nevertheless, Churchill managed to exude a public confidence that brought the nation through the bitter war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of those rare books that create in the reader a palpable feeling of the excitement, fear, frustration, grief, dread, all-too-occasional elation, and numbing fatigue of those critical days.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “It is phenomenally difficult to unearth fresh stories and anecdotes about a man as widely and deeply covered historically as Winston Churchill, yet Hastings succeeds again and again…None can fail to admire Hastings’s archival tenacity and sheer authorial reach.”

    Daily Telegraph

  • “With great skill and felicity, Max Hastings has given us a rich account and analysis of Churchill and his role in the Second World War. He does not ignore his many faults but ultimately, quite rightly, it is his greatness that triumphs in this splendidly told tale.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The indomitable character of Churchill comes alive in these pages, and Hastings forces the reader to ponder how the war might have turned out had the stalwart leader not been at the helm. A magisterial, commanding, and immensely thought-provoking history.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dan | 2/4/2014

    " A solid addition to the Churchill bookshelf, with clear-eyed and even-handed commentary on Churchill's strengths and weaknesses along with those of other players. There is too much commentary and not enough exposition, as if the author expects his readers to know all about the war & its main protagonists and is merely filling in the missing pieces. Still, I'd recommend this to Churchill fans. I consider myself one (because of his lonely crusade against Hitler in the 30s and his peerless leadership in 1940-41), even though I'd have joined the country in voting against him once the war was over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Martin | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting if somewhat of a slog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Baxter | 2/2/2014

    " Read a 10 part extract in The Daily Mail by Max Hastings. An interesting portrait of Churchill in that his real war leadership was during the Battle of Britain (1940-41) and thereafter he was really in the back seat as America entered the war and the leadership role. The reality was that the Russians did most of the dying that was necessary to defeat Germany. And the Russians ultimately ran the show in terms of the division of Europe into spheres of influence with the Americans and British letting Stalin pretty much do as he pleased. Once the war was over, the British people had had enough and voted W.C. and the Tories out in favor of Clement Attlee and Labour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Wilkinson | 2/1/2014

    " Interesting read. Very fluid writing. "

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