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A History of the English Speaking Peoples, 4 Vols

(A History of the English-Speaking Peoples #1-4)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,251 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Вашему вниманию предлагается комплект из 4 книг У.Черчилля ИСТОРИЯ АНГЛОЯЗЫЧНЫХ НАРОДОВ.

Том 1
Рождение Британии (Автор: Черчилль Уинстон Спенсер, Переводчик: Самуйлов Сергей Николаевич).
Первый том «Истории англоязычных народов» У. С. Черчилля посвящен ранней истории Британии.

Том 2
Новый мир (Автор: Черчилль Уинстон Спенсер, Переводчи
1785 pages
Published 1990 by Dorset Press (first published 1958)
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Cathy DuPont
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History buffs or historians
Prior to My Self-Imposed Challenge
Guys, applaud, please, I'm getting out of my comfort zone, mysteries. All with Jeff's Yoak's encouragement, and I'll say thanks, Jeff, when I finish. Maybe.

Yes, I'm Happy I Read It and Yes, Happy I Finished the Book
Dedicated to Jeff Yoak who said "Look forward to reading your review."

My effort to step outside my comfort zone due to Jeff's kind remark. My apology for the length, however I can assure you it's not as long as the book!


Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sir Winston S. Churchill has been rightfully penned as the “Last Lion” (William Manchester) and if this is the case then certainly the “First Lion” would have to be King Henry II (the “Coeur de Lion” is King Richard I). King Henry II legacy is lasting in terms of organization and of the continuance of the British Commonwealth today. The masterpiece of Sir Winston S. Churchill work lays the foundation for the persons who are interested to pursue new interest along old lines – I personally have di ...more
Lu Wang
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
I have rarely seen a book of history so deeply personal and analytical at the same time. By reading this 4-volume book, one gets a glimpse of Winston Churchill's intricate thinking pattern. As one of craftiest politicians of the 20th Century, he led a deeply pacifist British public to rise up against the Nazi's; he predicted America's downfall in Vietnam; he also infamously forced America into WWI at the cost of more than one thousand civilian lives aboard RMS Lusitania.

His mastery s
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps one of my all time favorite books. I have reread this several times. If you are a lover of history this is it. If not, you will probably be bored to death. Either way a win-win for the rest of us!
Alexander Kerensky
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is useful to remember that books tell you as much about their author as they do about their subject; indeed, that's sometimes the point of reading them. And these four were penned by none other than Winston S. Churchill -- soldier, painter, politician, historian, war leader, and often voted the greatest Briton -- or even Anglo -- of the entire second millennium. "We are all worms", he once said, "but I do believe that I am a glow-worm".

Churchill wrote prolifically in his life, whe
Aaron Crofut
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, history
"It is all true, or it ought to be; and more and better besides."

The day is going to come when I run out of new Winston to read, and that will be a very sad day indeed. I absolutely loved this series. Churchill has a written voice unmatched in the English language, and the reader will struggle less with finishing the 1700 plus pages than he will in putting the book down. I would absolutely recommend this for those homeschooling middle school aged children, as it provides a delightful overview o
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Oh my word, if I could give this series 6 stars I would. It's as good as they come. Outstanding material. Covers British and American history quite well. Churchill's integrity as a historian is made evident in every book in the series, and he's not lacking in a sense of humor or a sense of scene. He keeps his own opinions on the characters to himself--for the most part--but occasionally flashes out in glorious commentary. His remarks on Catherine Howard are interesting--he so rarely comments on ...more
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a history, it is merely okay. Far too much emphasis is placed on political and military history; social and cultural history is barely mentioned. However, when read as Churchill's take on how the two great democratic powers of the last 200 years arose and evolved from a Roman backwater, it's fascinating.
Wesley Kavanagh
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Churchill's classic is a must read for any history fan. Churchill's style is exciting, and he has an amazing gift for taking some of the most mundane details and making them interesting. His facts are a bit dated at times, and his own biases come through, but you cannot help but be drawn into this amazing story, and be fascinated by its colourful characters, as well as the battles and events that shaped our modern world.
If 1500 years of British history is a lot to digest in one book - Romans, Vikings, more Vikings, Saxons, Normans, all the way through the 100 Years' War through the ascension of Henry VII.

Churchill's conclusions on everything from the Magna Carta to the accomplishments of reigns of the first English kings are often quite insightful. In other cases - ie: covering 7 adjacent Anglo-Saxon kingdoms from the 6th through 9th centuries, or the constantly evolving succession dramas and blood feuds of t
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I began this in 2013. Six years later I have finished it, not because I abandoned it but because I used it as a primer. I had very little knowledge of British history when I started this book and I realized that it couldn't give me everything I wanted to know. To that end, I read sections then supplemented with other books about the same period. This is why it took so long to finish. I think this book is an amazing piece of writing and research by a very busy man. It is written in the style of t ...more
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the greatest histories ever written, on part with Gibbon and Macaulay. Winston Churchill's command of English history is unparalleled and his style of writing is clear and accessible. This history is directed at the general public so if you are looking for a serious academic treatment of English history, Churchill's work is not for you. However, it is a useful read in case you wanted to know more about the names, places, and dates of English history. Churchill is particularly stro ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So nice to get Churchill’s quintessential British perspective on such a huge chunk of Western and world history. It took time to read, but very well worth it. Sipping some fine scotch during the read... it was like sitting in a private library, having Winston narrate all of this to me, personally. Filled a lot of my historical “blanks”.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never realized what a wonderful historian Mr. Churchill was. His prose is entertaining and you can tell when he describes the battles that he looks at it from his military and strategic experience. He is very sensitive, too, to the American side of the story when he includes that part of his story.
May 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Churchill's writing is clear and eloquent.
But I just got bored in places, mostly with the details of battles/war .... but that's just me....
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I am reading history lately. This is so I can better foresee if my country is heading towards political dissolution. That's all I'll say about my motivations.

TL;DR: The book succeeds due to Churchill's strong narrative, accessible style and intense focus on political development.

This is not a new book, of course. Originally written in the mid-1950s, after Churchill's time in politics, his four volumes represented a well-researched, comprehensive review of history from pre
Jeff Stilwell
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It may sound odd to hear it, but I've reread the first volume of this excellent four-volume series so many times that I can almost quote sections from memory. Why? What is his trick of making medieval history even more enthralling than, say, Arthurian legends, or the stories of the Merovingians?

Churchill's writing carries the dictum: if you don't love history, it's because you had awful history teachers. Interestingly, his magic seems rooted more in the past than in the near present.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In general very informative. Given the vast amount of time and covering The commonwealth etc it was a lot to take in. It was abridged so all of Elizabeth I in 10 pages or so. Therefore you have to already know a lot or allow the significance of things to not really be clear. I felt I learned a lot and Churchill’s style was generally readable. I enjoyed parts of it a lot but some of it not at all. Military history details of battles number of cannons horses etc generally not that interesting to m ...more
David James
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Likely the Twentieth Century's greatest master of the English language. Winston Churchill's narrative from pre-Roman Britian to the modern age is a singularly eloquent read. Though his narrative only sails across the wave tops of history, he brings history alive in a manner few can.

A great and broad introduction to the history of the birth and growth of England through the centuries, the expansion to empire and the birth of the United States. A must read.
Daniel Moguel
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great books, not too challenging to read, but excellent to review at large the history of Great Britain without missing any important or trascendental information. Keeping in mind that a very extensive period of time is covered in Churchill's work, the books are pretty detailed. Once you start you won't be able to stop. The history of England is not only captivating, but essential to the deeper understanding of pretty much everything that has happened in the last millennia. Worth reading from be ...more
David Corley
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The man could write.
Marco Etheridge
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This is an amazing four-volume history. The perspective of the Author, Winston Churchill, is evident throughout, but it remains a seminal work.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Didn't finish. Bored the crap out of me personally.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Volume 1 was fantastic but it became too dense and boring for me.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After finishing the fourth volume, The Great Democracies, I hesitated to give a 5 star rating, but this is a fantastic historical work when considering all 4 volumes. Churchill provided just the right amount of detail on so many pivotal events in the history of the English-speaking peoples. Monarchy is truly a foreign concept to Americans like me, and this work shed light on the institution and how/why it's changed over the centuries in the UK - and why it's still relevant. His treatment of the ...more
Jacob Lines
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-history
What a marvelous work these volumes are. Winston Churchill must have been one of the best writers of his generation. His writing is delightful to read. These books are long, but I almost didn’t want them to end because the writing is so nice to read.

Churchill set himself a formidable task – to write a short history of the English-speaking peoples of the world. He starts with Britain in Roman times and tells the story all the way to the death of Queen Victoria, covering Great Britain, American,
Rik Brooymans
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, as always. A master word-smith, Churchill brings character and insight to stretches of the book, mostly concerning the comings and goings within the British Parliament, which might otherwise have been dull. The more exciting historical passages are simply enthralling. The entire narrative comes with a perspective that you cannot really get anywhere else. No matter how thorough your knowledge of any particular time or issue, it is guaranteed that you will come across something new or b ...more
J. Alfred
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Five Hour Energy Severely Unhealthy Things have, on their cover, a silhouette of a man sprinting up a mountain. I've always taken that to mean that unless I need to sprint up a mountain, I should leave the stuff alone. And yet there are times in one's life in which a mountain looks as if it's daring one to sprint up it. Or at least, amble.
Churchill's massive volume of history, which begins in the year 50 before Christ, and ends with the death of Victoria, is much like one of those mountains
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this over my summer vacation. its a very good book by a great man (Winston Churchill is the author). its clear Churchill has a passion for his subject. British history is clearly a great subject for Churchill. he is also passionate about other english speaking people, especially about Americans. All great! i only thought that the subject is so massive that it is impossible to fit into even a 1,000 page history. after cranking through the first 1,000 years (Roman colony in Britain to Magna ...more
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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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