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Winston Churchill towers over every other figure in 20th-century British history. By the time of his death at the age of 90 in 1965, many thought him to be the greatest man in the world. 

There have been over a thousand previous biographies of Churchill. Andrew Roberts now draws on over 40 new sources, including the private diaries of King George VI, used in no previous Churchill biography, to depict him more intimately and persuasively than any of its predecessors. Masterfully narrated by Stephen Thorne, this audiobook in no way conceals Churchill's faults, and it allows the listener to appreciate his virtues and character in full: his titanic capacity for work (and drink), his ability see the big picture, his willingness to take risks and insistence on being where the action was, his good humour even in the most desperate circumstances, the breadth and strength of his friendships and his extraordinary propensity to burst into tears at unexpected moments. Above all, it shows us the wellsprings of his personality - his lifelong desire to please his father (even long after his father's death) but aristocratic disdain for the opinions of almost everyone else, his love of the British Empire, his sense of history and its connection to the present.

During the Second World War, Churchill summoned a particular scientist to see him several times for technical advice. 'It was the same whenever we met', wrote the young man. 'I had a feeling of being recharged by a source of living power.' Harry Hopkins, President Roosevelt's emissary, wrote, 'Wherever he was, there was a battlefront.' Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, Churchill's essential partner in strategy and most severe critic in private, wrote in his diary, 'I thank God I was given such an opportunity of working alongside such a man, and of having my eyes opened to the fact that occasionally such supermen exist on this earth.'

©2018 Andrew Roberts (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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One of the Most Inspiring Biographies

This was one of the most well-written biographies regarding Churchill I've ever read. The narration was superb, and one truly got a sense of the man that has never been conveyed as convincingly in other biographies. This biography also benefits from the fact that the author used previously unavailable archival material and so now we have a complete (in my estimation) understanding of this great leader, warts and all. But despite the warts we see that Churchill is not only a great man but an ordinary human being as well. I felt that I was walking with destiny whilst listening to this wonderful account of a giant of the 20th Century.

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Not just another Churchill Biography.

This is a superb rendering of a superb book. See: YouTube for outstanding reviews and interviews with Andrew Roberts. The subject is serious but Mr. Roberts has a finely tuned sense of humor that Mr. Churchill himself would surely enjoy.

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  • 2019-11-04

Thoroughly enjoyed this.

This book was very interesting and informative. It was well read and easy and enjoyable to listen to. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in history.

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Wonderful

The writing and research are top notch. The narration by Stephen Thorne is superb. Unashamedly, it brought me to tears. It does an exceptional job of portraying a titan of the 20th century in an objective manner without too much bias.

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Incredible

Absolutely phenomenal book. It's comprehensive, not skipping any major plotlines of Churchill's life. The writing isn't as complicated as I was expecting making it easy to follow along while doing other tasks. The narrator was enthusiastic and performed the characters with an energy usually lacking in audiobooks. Churchill was one of the last great men to walk this earth. The deeds performed by him and the men around him will never be rivaled. It's sad that his fight for liberty, a war that never ceased, was eventually lost. The world we live in now is a baren wasteland of mass censorship and socialist/communist idealogies.

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Splendid

I have read many Churchill bios. This is hands-down the best. Objective and balanced but clearly the author is enamoured of the great man. Highly recommended.

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One of the best listens I have purchased on Audible. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in either Churchill, or modern history in Britain.

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Excellent narration, and very engaging biography

The book is thoroughly sourced, where the author goes through Churchill's life with referencing memoirs, government records, personal accounts, etc., all with an effort to piece together a true picture of the man. The narration is top tier.

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A life worth knowing well delivered

One of the most impressive lifes in all of history and a true testament to the importance of courage as a foundation for integrity

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Outstanding History

This was a brilliant analysis of Churchill. It is one of the very best of the many I have read.

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  • 2018-12-07

His Finest 50 Hours (and 28 minutes)

I have to say, first and foremost, before anything else, that this is hands down the best audiobook I've ever listened to--and I've listened to a few. It's not for any particular love of Churchill, although I do confess to having adored him long before I came to this book. It's rather the incredible complexity of his seemingly never-ending life; I never fail to remark that he usually had done (or achieved) more things before noon on his average day than I have in my lifetime, and that furthermore, at 61 I find my life winding down. Contemplating _directing a world war_ three years from now and then continuing that for a _further five years_ is, well, inconceivable, but the fact that he did it with such wit, intelligence and just unparalleled WISDOM is just beyond words. And to have almost every moment of this incredible life--I would put Churchill's ultimate importance to humanity in the top five, if not at the very top--recorded to be played at my leisure, for so many hour (upon delicious hour) read, I might add, by the most able and enjoyable narrator I have EVER had the pleasure to listen to . . . well, never in the making of audiobooks was so much enjoyment created by so many for so few (dollars). May I ask the Right Honorable Attending to accept my strolling (just about everywhere) ovation.

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  • Rev. James Fowler
  • 2019-02-18

A very human yet informative biography

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The book (as well as the reader ) did an excellent job capturing Churchill's great oratory, humour, idiosyncrasies, sense of history, and great love for the English-speaking Peoples.

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  • Kwêvoël
  • 2020-11-09

Immersion in a life of Churchillian proportions

The narrator did an excellent job and the biography was not the singe thread sequential life stories I’ve encountered before biased by authors perceptions ... it was a fascinating patchwork of al that was going on around the man and others in his times - letters. diaries, personal papers available to researchers in archived in 2010. It was a marathon listen ... and I will listen to it again and again ... I often did listen to sections several times as a result o playing it at bedtime & losing my place when I fell asleep ... and never fast forwarded through stuff I heard before .... mostly I was astonished at what I didn’t hear the first time ... the pace, like the man’s life & his fellow men, never let up. Remarkable life, remarkable times & remarkably woven together this coat of many colours ...

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  • kay
  • 2020-07-02

Amazing reading. Amazing book

Churchil is by far the "nicest" leader in the 20th century. human honest family man husband

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-02

Excellent Read

Author is obviously a Churchill fan and that is to be kept in mind. However the fact that he keeps going back on Churchill's childhood neglect as the reason for his perseverance and will is really annoying. It's enough to mention it, saying it could be a motivating factor, but to keep implying it was one of the main reasons for his success is ridiculous. Churchill was a man built for greatness, and he achieved all of it himself through sheer will. And even if his childhood circumstances were favorable, I doubt it would have changed the many things he achieved and the ideologies he held. This is purely hypothetical ofcourse - just like the author was in every other chapter. Also, one point to note is most of the book is a lot of direct quotations from various characters, with minimal commentary from the author, who was just sewing events together. This, I realized is what made this book wonderful. The ending, where the author himself expressed views on the various events in Churchill's life- almost categorizing them, arbitrarily, into good and bad left me annoyed. So although I loved the book, I like the author for his compilation - not his writing.

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  • Antje K.
  • 2020-05-22

Absolutely magnificent

Took me 7+ months to finish, and I loved every minute of it. Highly entertaining, captivating, funny and enlightening. Both Andrew Roberts and Stephen Thorne deserve praise.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 2020-04-30

Best Churchill biography

If you want to be a resilient person and how to learn from your blunders you must read this book. I was so pleased during the reading of the book that certainly I lost my sense of space and time.

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  • Nora
  • 2019-12-14

Fascinating

What an interesting man! This is an extremely well-researched and written book which gives a fascinating insight into a tense time. I didn't know much about Churchill before starting this 50 hours long journey but was utterly absorbed and am now a big fan of the legend with all his idiosyncrasies.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-23

must read

amazing reading, amazing story. imensly informative and touching. an unbelievable story, yet fully supported by the facts

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  • Management Consultant
  • 2019-08-17

Finally a great Churchill biography.

Finally a great Churchill biography. Good insights about WW2 behind the scenes of politics, diplomacy, public relations, military strategy, and military industry.