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The New World (A History of the English-Speaking Peoples #2)

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Sir Winston Churchill's classic History of the English-Speaking Peoples; with an introduction by Andrew Roberts, author of Eminent Churchillians
Unknown Binding, 344 pages
Published May 9th 2002 by Not Avail (first published 1956)
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Ray Campbell
Mar 09, 2013 Ray Campbell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
The saga continues in this second volume of A History of the English Speaking People. In this book we go from the rise of the Tudors to the rise of the American Colonies and the Restoration of the monarchy. It is fascinating to see the development of rights and the evolution of the common man taking powers bit by bit over the centuries.

Churchill is clearly writing with the perspective of a leader who has seen the worst of what dictators can be. I've read other accounts of this period which aggra
While many have found fault with his historical method, and others have critiqued his idiosyncrasies, Time itself will — I believe — prove the truth in the spirit of Winston's writing if not in the letter. For all his faults, I love him! Although his bust no longer adorns the Oval Office, my four volume set of Winnie's History of the English Speaking Peoples shall continue to adorn my bookshelves and be referred to whenever the subject of British history comes up. Sadly, I have never read them c ...more
Cherif Jazra
Apr 06, 2016 Cherif Jazra rated it really liked it
This is a very engaging book I highly recommend. It was my first, delving into the intricate threads shaping English rule in the 16 and 17th century. The focus of this volume is mostly on the kings and queen and their interactions with the House of Commons and lords, with which they often fought. From the start of the Stuart monarchy with Henry VII, the break wth Rome over the divorce of Henry VIII with Catherine in order to marry Ann Boleyn(which he later got rid of), the rules of queen Elizabe ...more
Andrea Zuvich
Oct 07, 2016 Andrea Zuvich rated it really liked it
A very good and relatively brief overview of the time from Henry VIII to the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Some (not much) historical information contained herein is, granted, generally out-of-date now (due to more research having been done since the publication of the book) but on the whole, this book was well-written, interesting, and informative.
Sep 11, 2016 Simone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a pleasure to listen to. The narrator is very competent, and manages to interpret the text with wit and meaning. The information in it is very extensive, and very well presented and balanced. Even though it comprised periods of history which I don't know much of, I was able to follow the main events and personages and learn a lot from it. Churchill's phrasing and writing is superb. There are various parts in which he seems to speak to the reader, in which he puts asides about curre ...more
Tony Cavicchi
Winston Churchill, in his classic energetic yet understandable prose, narrates the history of Britain from the ascension of Henry Tudor at the end of the Wars of the Roses to the crowning of William of Orange in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. This book in his history covers the evolution of Parliament into what we know today--the supreme authority in the British Constitution. This book should be the first resource for anyone seeking to understand the personalities, causes, and effects of the E ...more
Todd Stockslager
Jun 04, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Review title: A history of the rulers of the English speaking peoples, you mean

In Volume Two of Churchill's classic, the weight of historical documentation starts to tell on the ability of a narrative history like this to encompass its scope, such that even with a much narrowed focus (covering just two centuries) Churchill is also forced to narrow his scope even further, to basically a history of the rulers; even Shakespeare fails to earn a mention in the index and the text. As modern readers, w
May 30, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Winston Churchill was without doubt the greatest man to live in the 2nd millennium A.D. When the whole world was either neutral, allied with or dominated by Nazi Germany, only England stood against it. England was ready to fight but needed someone to provide the leadership and Churchill, the right man and the right time, provided it. It could so easily have gone the other way. Churchill, the son of and English father and American mother was all English but always believed that those nations whic ...more
Apr 07, 2016 Garrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Churchill continues his magnificent history in this volume covering the end of the Wars of the Roses with the founding of the Tudor dynasty up to and including the Glorious Revolution.

Churchill's use of language is astounding as he is able to draw the reader into the various scenes with portrayals of various personages that stay with one even over dozens of pages. I for one am always moved by Churchill's account of the English Civil War culminating in the regicide of Charles I.

This is quite a pa
Dec 04, 2013 Marie rated it liked it
Shelves: fact
This book was written by Winston Churchill the famous war leader and politician and he actually won the Nobel prize for literature for this series of four volumes of English history.

I read this because my knowledge of English history is surprisingly full of holes. Instead of Learning from start to finish we learnt the highlights and hopped over loads of stuff. For instance Charles I got his head cut off and then it was fast forward t the restoration and then suddenly the American war of independ
Jun 04, 2010 Desclian rated it really liked it
Very, very good. This second volume covers quite a bit less (in terms of time as well as in page numbers) than the first, and Churchill is both better and worse in terms of writing and mood. Churchill gets deeper into both the politics between King and Parliament (which was fascinating) and the twisting and turning of generals and admirals in war (which I have never found interesting). One thing I did appreciate was that, no matter who he was writing about, Churchill found something good to say. ...more
Jun 21, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it
Shortly before the eruption of the Second World War, Winston Churchill was busy at work authoring a history of the English and American people, of which this is volume II. Although one might think The New World is set in North America, the new world here is one of political culture, not geography. To be sure, this volume is set in in the Age of Discovery, and there is a section on the first few English colonies...but this work's primary focus is charting the transformation of England from a stro ...more
Oct 09, 2007 Brennan rated it really liked it
I read this series when I was in high school but I'd forgotten nearly everything. This was a good volume to start with, for me at least, as it covers the period of British history about which I know the least - the 16th and 17th century. If I'd read this in undergrad before I had my course on Restoration lit it would have helped; as it is, I was reminded of: Roundheads, Cavaliers, the beheading of Charles I, the English invasion of North America, and why the Irish really, really loathe Cromwell. ...more
Jan 11, 2013 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second of four volumes in Churchill's (thus far) lively and interesting history. His very strong sympathies and prejudices were even more apparent in this volume than the first (especially when he was talking about Cromwell or the Scots), but I tend to like that kind of unapologetic, honest bias, even when it's not the slant that I would personally take; at least you can be sure of where the author stands, without having to spend most of the book trying to figure it out. For all that I did d ...more
David Miller
Feb 15, 2015 David Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obviously the major component of this volume was the 17th century, a very dramatic one for England: civil war, the republic, the restoration, and the Glorious Revolution, all in 45 years! Churchill is of course a very good story teller, and with so many stories to tell in the time period covered here, he does not disappoint.
Jan 06, 2016 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels, history, military
Virtuoso use of the Queen's English; read this book if you want to forget about the terrible English/European history you learn in American HS and relearn it from one of the greatest historical novelist of English history.

Note about author: This was written on his break from kicking the Kaiser's and then Hitler's ass.
Balakrishna Pillai
Brilliant book. This, alongwith the preceding The Birth of Britain and the last in the series The Age of Revolution makes for a brilliant read. And it is written not in the dry style that u r usually used to while reading a history book, but in a fast pace and with precision of words.
Apr 25, 2013 Sally rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Dempsey and I finished this book today. It covers English history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, from Henry VIII through Cromwell and ending with the Glorious Revolution of 1688. My main problem with these books is that Churchill assumes a lot of familiarity with the topic on the reader's part, so the less informed of us have a hard time following some things.

This book saw the Appearance of the Churchills, which was at once charming and obnoxious. He mentioned his forebearers when
Sep 05, 2015 Jill rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as volume 1, but I probably learned more, especially about the English Civil War.
Nov 04, 2013 Erik rated it really liked it
I found this to be a very interesting history that I will likely read again to help myself remember much of the detail better. It covers 200 years of history, from 1485 to the 1680s. The writing is information dense, so keeping the people straight and their allegiances is difficult. The writing is engaging, but I sometimes get the feeling that there are aspects of what is going on that I do not understand as well as I should because I lack much background in understanding the current system of g ...more
Sep 12, 2014 Juan rated it it was ok
Me decepciono, esperaba mas análisis que historiografia y listado de hechos y personajes.
Charlene Gordon
Aug 16, 2014 Charlene Gordon rated it it was amazing
I read these nearly 40 years ago. Fascinating books.
Aug 03, 2015 Francisca rated it really liked it
I'm fairly convinced that from 1457 till 1688, Wales did not exist.
Tom Nysetvold
Jun 19, 2015 Tom Nysetvold rated it it was amazing
Like vol. 1, a cool panoramic view of English history.
Jan 19, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frightful how much blood was shed during this period based solely on whether you were a Catholic or not!
Jun 19, 2008 Wesley rated it liked it
Just finished this read thanks to the Arapahoe Library District and the online card catalogue . . . and Prospector. I am ridiculed by the librarians for ordering antiques and expecting them in within days of my request. C'est la vie.
Also, a good read!
Due to the civil war, War of the Roses, etc., the book winds its way through a more confusing history of England than I received in high school. Good - but thank God for the charts.
Steve Swanson
Aug 11, 2016 Steve Swanson rated it really liked it
I have found these books great. I know little about England and European history, and these have filled the void. And it's not dry facts, but just good story telling.
Jan 03, 2013 Geneva rated it really liked it
I had assumed that this volume (which is the only volume I have of the series) would be mainly about the colonization of America. It turned out, however, to be almost entirely about Britain, from Henry VIII to James (the second? I think?). Anyway, I now know far more about British history than I did before and, while it's dry in places, I feel like it was a comprehensive and well presented history.
This is a very lively and engaging story. Complex persons and events are explained in detailed writing that is both clear and elegant. Churchill is startlingly balanced in some episodes and tellingly biased in others; his own sympathies are always clear. I found his unashamed bias charming even as I heartily disagreed with much of it. I look forward to reading more in this series.
Tom Schulte
Dec 15, 2011 Tom Schulte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Another volume of Churchill's excellent, four-volume history. This one takes through the end of the monarchy (Charles I), the terrible Cromwell era, and The Restoration (Charles II). Now, Churchill has left me hanging as William of Orange readies his forces in the Low Countries. I cannot wait for Volume 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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