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Marlborough: His Life and Times, Book Two

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"It is my hope to recall this great shade from the past, and not only invest him with his panoply, but make him living and intimate to modern eyes."—from the preface to Volume One

John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough (1644-1722), was one of the greatest military commanders and statesmen in the history of England. Victorious in the Battles of Blenheim (1704), Ramillies (1
Paperback, Volumes III and IV published as Book Two, 1080 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1934)
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Oct 17, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
Since I reviewed Book One, I felt it was important to follow up with a review of Book Two of this work. My initial comment is that sticking with something this huge is a task in itself, but often the reward is hard to describe. For me, I feel each time I finish a huge work like this (or Hegel, or Kant, or ... well, anything "Big") I sense my own mind has been exercised a bit. It's a reward in and of itself.

Firstly, like Book One, this is really Volume Three and Volume Four of the a Four Book ser
Arguably the greatest biography of the 20th century in the English language & it totally delivers. A superbly written book about a simply AMAZING life. Much maligned in history, a fair portion of Book One (successfully) deals with the charges against Marlborough (John Churchill). An abridged edition would gloss over much of this but you'll lose much of the better parts of the book as well.
Written to a British audience, it can be difficult to follow if you aren't up on British history. Even s
Jan 07, 2014 Edward rated it it was amazing
The biography of the first Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, by his forbear, Winston Churchill, is a towering classic about a truly larger than life figure. The leader of the military forces opposing France in the War of Spanish Succession, he was a masterful leader of men and an undefeated general in ten campaigns. He was also a skillful minister and diplomat in keeping the military alliance agaist France intact. After the war he was relegated to exile by lesser lights, but later returned to ...more
Rightly considered one of the best biographies and histories of the 20th century, Winston Churchill's work on his illustrious ancestor is not only an in-depth and infinitely wise look back on the early modern era in Europe in general and England in particular, it is also a great pleasure to read, thanks to Churchill's unsurpassed prose. Not an easy or light read at 1000 pages of text per book, it will reward the patient and diligent reader with the skillfully illustrated career of this remarkabl ...more
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Jan 10, 2015 Joseph Landau rated it really liked it
Excellent book, both for the life and the times.
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Lemme sum up: France is punked, despite how shortsighted and battle-averse the Dutch insist on being. On to book Three!
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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC (Can) was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman, orator and strategist, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army. A prolific author, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his own historical writings, "for his mastery ...more
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