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A World to Win

(The Lanny Budd Novels #7)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A World to Win is the seventh book of the epic historical narrative in Upton Sinclair's World's End Lanny Budd series. This spellbinding book covers the period or 1940-1942 following the Nazi partial occupation of France and the formation of the Vichy government. Lanny Budd, the protagonist in this classic series is the debonair, suave and wealthy American peace lover. He ...more
Hardcover, 654 pages
Published February 2nd 2011 by Frederick Ellis (first published 1946)
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Dr.J.G.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title comes halfway through the book in a quote, "Workers of the world, unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains; you have a world to win!", when the German occupation of Europe is almost complete, and war by Germany against Russia is imminent and expected.

A World to Win, seventh volume in the World's End series, begins where the previous one, Dragon Harvest, had left off - Paris taken, France overrun and humiliated as the temporary finale of Germany occupying Europe- beginning with
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Dr.J.G.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title comes halfway through the book in a quote, "Workers of the world, unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains; you have a world to win!"; nazi occupation of Europe is almost complete and nazis attacking Russia is imminent.

A World to Win, seventh volume in the World's End series, begins where the previous one, Dragon Harvest, had left off - Paris taken, France overrun and humiliated as the temporary finale of Germany occupying Europe- beginning with Rhineland and going on to Austri
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Clyde
The weakest of the Lanny Budd series so far. Lanny travels the world, does spy stuff, goes into danger, meets famous people, and romances lovely women. But somehow, Sinclair managed to make it boring. (I don't know if I will continue with this series. Several of the earlier volumes were quite good, and Dragon's Teeth was excellent. So ... maybe.) ...more
John Bruni
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I first heard that Upton Sinclair had written a WWII book I had to wonder: how the hell will he manage to fit the war into his ideals? Turns out, he did a good job. This book was written pretty closely to the end of the war, so this is nearly first hand. I found it surprising that so many Americans back in the day supported Hitler . . . and then Trump was elected. Wow. There are a lot more American Nazis that I thought there were. It's interesting because Lanny Budd, the protagonist, gets t ...more
Bob
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Presidential Agent 103, in the guise of an art dealer, embarks on a series of journeys, planned and unplanned, in which he gathers significant intelligence for the Allied cause in its fight against Nazism.

Most of us know Upton Sinclair as the author of The Jungle, an expose’ of conditions in Chicago meat packing plants at the beginning of the twentieth century. I was unaware that he was author of the Lanny Budd series of eleven novels, named after the primary character, the son of an Am
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DanielL
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Lanny Budd series was written between 1940 and 1953. A World to Win (Book 7) was released in 1946. The embers of the World War 2 were still hot and people were reflecting back on whom to blame for the carnage. In his Lanny Budd series, Upton Sinclair does not shy away from naming real people who he considered Nazi and Fascist sympathizers.

Upton Sinclair’s unflattering portrayal of William Randolph Hearst as a dotard and a Nazi and Fascist sympathizer surprised me; not that it wasn’t true, b
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Brodie Curtis
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sinclair’s historical spy yarns in The Lanny Budd series have our debonair socialite moving only in the highest circles. In A World To Win, set in 1940 to 1942, Lanny takes his orders from FDR and navigates Vichy France, infiltrates Germany and the appeasers in England, and has vivid encounters with Hitler, Goring and Hess, William Randolph Hearst, and even Albert Einstein. Hindered by skeptical French resistance and a life-threatening plane crash, Lanny convalesces on a yacht that moors in Hong ...more
Richard R
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
As with the other Lanny Buds novels, I really wanted to like this more than I did. The series is such an effective and clever construct, planting a young Lanny along the edges of pivotal early 20th century events, his character weaving through social, military, and most interestingly political movements and figures, giving us a rich and detailed inner view through the lens of a well to do socialist.

Sinclair moves very slowly and in great detail, giving events and ideologies their proper due, whi
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Greta G. Hambsch
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series of books needs to be a TV mini-series. I try to read 2 books a year from the series, while my husband read them all straight through without a break. They are long and wordy at times, but man, I sure have enjoyed meeting the historical figures populating the times, a timeline of events world-wide, and a discussion of political thought. This particular volume covered a lot of territory, and a lot of events. I am a Lanny Budd fan, but this particular year in his life was extraordinary. ...more
Jordan
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't often write reviews and I'm a pretty easy grader but man, this book was terrible. Budd's (and seemingly Sinclair's) blind love of socialism is annoying - its like reading propaganda. Budd's seemingly random love of seances feels out of place.
On the positive, the historical descriptions are interesting and enlightening though we learn them through a flat, robot like character in Lanny Budd.
The pace at times moves slow and its hard discern what the plot is besides one agent moving throug
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Eugenea Pollock
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was published in 1946 and set in 1940-42, so so close to contemporaneously. As always Sinclair’s device of using Lanny as an eyewitness to history totally sucked me in as he (and I, vicariously) meet the movers and shakers—F.D.R., Marshall Petain, Mao Tse-Tung, Joseph Stalin, to name a few. As world events grind inexorably closer to the abyss, then careen over it following Pearl Harbor, it is hard not to cross fingers and hope that, magically, this time the carnage to come is avoided.
Lehtomaki
Sep 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Stephen Courts
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A World to Win is the seventh book of the epic historical narrative in Upton Sinclair’s World’s End Lanny Budd series. This spellbinding book covers the period or 1940-1942 following the Nazi partial occupation of France and the formation of the Vichy government.

Lanny Budd, the protagonist in this classic series is the debonair, suave and wealthy American peace lover. He is intimately connected to every powerful political and military figure on the European continent and the corridors of power i
...more
Ellen
Oct 28, 2014 added it
I'm now obsessed with Upton Sinclair and his Lanny Budd Series! Check it out here: https://www.goodreads.com/series/6414.... After finishing A World to Win (why can't I italicize on Goodreads. It seems really important for book titles), I want to read the whole series and maybe some of his other books.

A World to Win (imagine italics) is an epic tale in which Lanny Budd, American-born, European-raised, socialite-socialist, son of an arms manufacturer, travels the world circa 1942 meeting importa
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Ants
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The history of WWII has been a chore to understand since there was so much happening in so many locations. The author threads the pieces together through an adaption of historical fiction, Lanny Budd. Budd travels through Europe and Asia and ties in the actions and historical sentiments that occurred in different parts of the globe.

Suddenly, the Vichy government, the US sentiment prior to entering the war, the actions of the Nazis, the revolt by Mao Tse Tung in China are all connected by histor
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Julie
May 21, 2007 rated it liked it
Not in any way earth-shattering, but I like 40's style writing and it's a nice thing to pick up when I want to kill half an hour. Recommended for people who are really into politics. The end section where they're in Communist China is really interesting. I don't know whether Sinclair was still around for the later stages of Mao's China (Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution), but I'd be interested to know how his views changed. ...more
Danielle
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I can't get enough of this series. We are entering into Russian territory! ...more
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Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. was an American author who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle (1906). To gather information for the novel, Sinclair spent seven weeks undercover working in the meat packing plants of Chicago. These direct experiences expos ...more

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