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Marlborough: His Life And Times

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Abridged and with an introduction by Henry Steele Commager.
Paperback, Abridged Edition, 983 pages
Published 1971 by C. Scribner (first published August 1968)
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Jean Poulos
In Leo Strauss eulogy to Winston Spencer Churchill he wrote, “Not a whit less important than his deeds and speeches are his writing, above all his Marlborough the greatest historical work written in our Century, an inexhaustible mine of political wisdom and understanding, which should be required reading for every student of political science.” I finally have finished the four volumes of “Marlborough, His Life and Times” by Winston Spencer Churchill.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Churchill’s writi
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Hannah
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
It's Churchill. Need I say more?
Well, I will also add that the man in charge of the abridging did an excellent job. The book is magnificent and long now, but less overwhelming than the 6 book set it is derived from.
My one comment is Churchill is--for obvious reasons--a big fan of Marlborough and rarely admits to the man making a mistake. He was one of the more admirable guys in the government at that time in England, so this isn't a big deal, but if you happen to dislike Marlborough, go somewh
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Paul Cool
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read the abridged Scribners version in 1970s. Outstanding example of the so-called 1930s Golden Age of biography, enhanced by Churchill's literary gifts and his access to never-previously accessed private papers held by then current Duke of Marlborough. I also played Avalon Hill games at the time and was inspired by book to create a Spanish Succession game. This summer plan to get an unabridged set and re-read and review that.
Ron
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography, u-k, war
Winston Churchill writes about his illustrious ancestor. This is the "abridged" version, almost 1000 pages long. Churchill describes the battles in the "world war" in a Victorian style, emphasizing the heroism but also the price paid. He naturally favours Marlborough throughout his more controversial moments, such as turning on James II, yet endeavours to present all sides of the story.

In describing the great world events, especially during the War of the Spanish Succession, Churchill is always
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Jeffrey
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow! This was a monumental undertaking, and it is only the first volume of Churchill's biography of the Duke of Marlborough. This is not objective historical writing in the sense that we think of it today. In many ways this is a blatant apology for John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough. W.S. Churchill is appalled by what he considers to be shoddy, biased historical research from previous Marlborough biographers and researchers, and he clearly intends to set the record straight (at least from h ...more
Bruce Knotts
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4 Volume book and not always the easiest read. Fascinating period of European history covering the reign of Louis XIV of France and the amazing career of the first Duke of Marlborough who was possibly the greatest military commander in British history. I felt at the beginning of the book there was too much refutation of other writers who denigrated Marlborough's reputation and there were times when the description of military battles and maneuvers became tedious. However, for most of the book, I ...more
Ross
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I am reading all three volumes and will do review for series for the 3rd volume.
Review done following Vol. IV.

Having completed Vol IV (12/21/16), here is my review of the whole 2,000 pages written by Churchill over a period of 30 years.
Half the book is straight forward unbiased history which I found very interesting, 4 stars.
The other half of the book is just about Marlborough and his family and most of this was speculative argument by Churchill defending his famous ancestor from all the attacks
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Erwin
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
A little bit interesting, but so long. I can understand the meaning for Churchill in learning about his ancestor in exhaustive detail, but he could have edited it a bit before publishing it for the rest of us...
Michaelbatte
Sep 14, 2011 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
very interesting but hard to get through - will have to tackle again later this year - on page 327
Teddy
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
A little dry - kind of like reading a textbook.
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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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