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Milestones to Disasters: The Second World War (Condensed) Series, Book 1

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Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable, for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction. Milestones To Disaster is the first book in Churchill's account.

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Published March 4th 2009 by AudioGO (first published April 23rd 2002)
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Chris Walker
Mar 23, 2011 Chris Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Churchill's six volume history of the Second World War sat on my parents' bookshelves for decades and now sit on mine, unopened. I was therefore grateful to see that BBC Audio has produced Churchill's abridged history (four volumes rather than six) on CD, narrated by an actor with a passable immitation of Churchill's speaking style. Churchill himself said: "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it" and it is with this in mind that you need to approach these books. Nevertheless, it is ...more
Ross
Aug 31, 2012 Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the horrible story of the events leading to the start of the war.
Reread some 50 years later, still 4 stars. Riveting history by the most important figure in the war. I am going through this series again to revisit the evils and follies of nations. The errors of judgement by the European politicians and military were both unspeakable and unbelievable. On the side of evil on the one hand and blind pacifism on the other.
Churchill does attach more share of the blame to the U.S. than can rea
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Jeff Yoak
I'm going to come back to this. It both requires more attention than my bits of time while commuting allow and could use some more background on the history of the war before I start. I love the writing style and the information is excellent, but I need an overview of the history before I can appreciate this first-hand account. It is too much written as commentary on what everyone must have known when it was written for me to be able to get all I should from it.
Ryan Middlebrook
May 04, 2015 Ryan Middlebrook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs
Winston Churchill by any account must be one of the most amazing statesmen of the 20th century. His unparalleled position at the highest levels of government through both World Wars puts him in a unique position to reveal the forces at work in the interregnum between the two. In Milestones to Disaster, he does just that – not as he says as a “history” – but as an eyewitness account to be used by future historians. The fact that he is himself a masterful writer helps one not wait for some future ...more
Michael Kerr
The time commitment required to read Churchill's exhaustive account of the war has always proven daunting to me so I was glad to find it available on audio. The narrator's plummy accent is not bad, though lacking the resonant assurance of the original, and I'm looking forward to listening to part 2 sometime soon. The narrative clears up a lot of the circumstances around the march toward war and Churchill's clear style carries the reader along with such authority that it is easy to forget that th ...more
Matt Maples
If you want to learn about leadership then read about leaders, and if you want to learn about history then read those who lived it. This book checks both of these boxes, and I found it to be engaging and very eye-opening. I learned a great deal about the preWorld War II period, about the development of Nazi Germany, and about how the Allies failed to stop the war numerous times before it started. Being an American I have generally learned about the war from that perspective, but hearing the stor ...more
Gyoza
Mar 25, 2016 Gyoza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, politics, war
This is the first volume of the abridged version of Winston Churchill's series on the Second World War. It mostly covers the events leading up to the war, from the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, the formation of the League of Nations, the defense treaties of Locarno, and the unwise manner in which the treaties were enforced, with the former Allies putting undue emphasis on Germany's reparations payments while at the same time being lenient about seeing to it that Germany stayed disarmed. Chu ...more
Jay
Nov 17, 2014 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A cautionary tale of a preventable war, according to Sir Winston Chrurchill, who was sounding the alarms for years as England and France did everything they could to pretend danger wasn't looming. On top of all his other qualities, Churchill is an amazing writer who's not afraid to call it as he sees it. My only criticism is he spent a lot of time talking about interactions with this minister or that lord, too many people to care to know who he was taking about.
Nate
Apr 09, 2014 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Churchill was not only a key figure in the 20th Century, but also an avid writer. His work is easy to read, but clearly a personal account. This work is particularly helpful in understanding British perceptions of Europe prior to the outbreak of WWII. Filled with unique accounts of Churchill's personal encouters with key European political figures this work should be balanced by an objective historical record, and possibly a similar work from the Axis point of view.

I would recommend this book f
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Craig
Apr 28, 2012 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A well written account of events in Europe from 1919 through 1940 which led to the rise in power of Nazisim in Germany and the resultant World War. Churchill focuses mainly on the collective thinking and actions (or inaction) of the British ruling leaders (Baldwin, Chamberlain, Eaton - and Churchill himself). He cites certain points in time and actions not taken (but should have been taken) which could have prevented Hitler and Nazism from coming to power, thus preventing the war. This is a firs ...more
D'mitri
Apr 05, 2015 D'mitri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well it wasnt an exciting read, but very informative. Churchill was a necessity to the war, don't get me wrong, but his account, I feel, is sodden with the old mans bias.
Tim Gillen
Jul 10, 2015 Tim Gillen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely interesting, especially a firsthand account from a key decision-maker. I thought there was a wealth of information on the background that led to war.

R. August
I started this because of the movie "The Gathering Storm" about Churchill prior to becoming First Lord of the Admiralty, specifically because of the language used in Churchill's speeches - the flow of "proper English." Hoping to encounter more of the same I came to this series and was no disappointed. I've enjoyed the formal British English of this almost as much as the content, though Churchill writes assuming an already established knowledge of names and places, many of which, never having car ...more
Bonnskip24
May 29, 2015 Bonnskip24 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it was a very well done book showing what Churchill thought about the governments mistakes and problems when confronted with Hitler.
Rick Davis
Apr 21, 2016 Rick Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Churchill points out in his introduction, this is not a history book, but rather a personal memoir of the years leading up to the Second World War by someone in a position to have a good view of the proceedings. This was an engrossing book, made even better by the fact that the reader of the audiobook sounds like Winston Churchill. I enjoyed the time spent in this period of history and with Churchill, and I feel like I now have a much better understanding of the issues and events leading up t ...more
John Martindale
Feb 06, 2011 John Martindale rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, audiobook
Churchill talks about what lead to WWII and its something else to learn how the war could have likely been prevented if Britain and France did not so aggressively seek the dis-armament of their own nations, while they allowed Germany to break the treaty and build up their army to alarming rates. They cut out their own claws and thus the mouse (Germany) came out and had free reign. And then as Mussolini and Hitler started invading other countries, they kept striving for peace at all cost and it a ...more
Kendar88
Apr 20, 2011 Kendar88 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good insight into what happened before WW2. A ton of information. I gave it 4 stars because it was hard for me to digest it all in the car for an audiobook. Definitely recommend for reading.

The book mixed facts with Winston's thoughts and perceptions. I enjoyed the parts where Winston spoke in the first person best.

This is just the first book in the series. This book covers all the events that lead up to WW2. Perfect if you've ever wondered how they let Germany build up its forces after t
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Rob
Oct 01, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've not read much history, but I must say that I was fascinated by this book. I listened to the audio book version and I believe that contributed to my enjoyment of the book.
Ryan Powers
painful
Paul
Jul 19, 2011 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of a set of four books Winston Churchill wrote, documenting WWII and his involvement. It is a fantastic read from a historical sense, but even more amazing is the perspective he provides on the political disaster that precipitated WWII. A dry historical textbook on the same accounts would not have nearly the drama and feeling that comes through from his own accounts of political figures, generals, English leaders and evil powers. I can't wait to read the second volume.
Johnsergeant
Mar 06, 2011 Johnsergeant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
10 hrs and 42 mins

Narrated by Christian Rodska

Publisher's Summary

Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.
Tim Thomas
May 25, 2013 Tim Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thus Spake Sir Winston Churchill himself -- a wonderful follow on to Defender of the Realm, Vol 3 of Paul Reed and William Manchester's masterful biography. So I set out to read all 4 voklumes of Churchills own WWII history. Marvelously verbose, articulate, and the quality of writing - superb
David
Jul 20, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't get a better account of WW2 than from the pen of Churchill... As he says in the book, he was probably the only person in the world to have held a high level office in both world wars. It's amazing that there were so many opportunities missed to stop the war before it began...
Nathan Collier
May 30, 2012 Nathan Collier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This should seriously be required for every high school student. This is volume one of a four volume set. Masterfully written, and, in the Audible version I listened to, brilliantly read. I'm on to book two already.
Alan Housley
Jul 12, 2013 Alan Housley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved storeys about WWII. Simply put, this is by far the best one. Churchill has a flow of authenticity most others somehow lack, and his words are riviting. I loved this book.
Tim Jin
Dec 06, 2013 Tim Jin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on sale and I should had bought it sooner. I'm looking forward of listening to the next book in a few and hope to finish the series by summer/fall.
Teresa
Jan 26, 2013 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war
Utterly gripping! Even though I knew what was going to happen, I found myself holding my breath and hoping a different choice would be made.
Joao Trindade
Apr 30, 2013 Joao Trindade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book with the view (not impartial) of Winston Churchill of the coming of the Second World War. Extremely well written and captivating.
David Hurst
Apr 22, 2013 David Hurst rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How did he write such books? Was running the country at a most difficult time not achievement enough?
Christiana Mouzouri


I got it as an audiobook. In plain words is just amazing. I m just at the beginning but I love it.
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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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