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The Great Democracies (History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Volume 4) Paperback – 1963

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam; Third Printing edition (1963)
  • ASIN: B000KS3Y3M
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Geschke VINE VOICE on December 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
During the 1930's Winston Churchill was enduring his "wilderness years" and was quite prolific in his journalistic efforts. Mr. Churchill began this rather ambitious effort of the history of the English Speaking Peoples in 1937.
This four volume effort wasn't published until the years of 1956-1958. You see Winston had to serve England as Prime Minister from 1939 to 1945. After that he had to write his Nobel Prize winning 6 volume compilation of World War II. During this time Sir Winston was the leader of the Conservative opposition party from 1945 to 1951. After that he again served as Prime Minister until 1955.
Mr. Churchill didn't finish this history of the English Speaking Peoples until he was in his early 80's. One thing about Mr. Churchill, he didn't let any grass grow under his feet.
As a great writer and historian, Mr. Churchill has always had a bias of the English language, laws and its history. Being the master of the English written word, it seems quite right that it was he to write this historical sketch of the English people. Winston goes into great depth of the birth of England and its subsequent development including all the detailed trials and tribulations. He details the narrative of the monarchy into the development of a Democratic form of government.
The rather long history is divided into four books as follows:
1.) The Birth of Britain
2.) The New World
3.) The Age of Revolution
4.) The Great Democracies
Churchill expounds of the development and governance of the British Empire. He also details much of American history, especially the minutiae of the Civil War.
The writing is clear and concise. I think it rather remarkable that these volumes are still relevant today. I took delight in reading Mr. Churchill's last great historical writing. Here's to you Winston. Hear! Hear!!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Regenhardt on August 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you were short changed on your history education, like most of us, this is a must read. This is the kind of reading the can make the casual reader, an avid reader of histories. Most people don't know that Churchill had to write to earn a living. Along with his works on the Duke of Marlborough, The World Crisis (WWI) and his 6 volume work on WWII, this series stands out. I covers a lot of ground and leaves you wanting to read more.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Barton VINE VOICE on February 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
After completing the four volume set of Churchill's History of the English Speaking Peoples, I was struck by not only how easy and interesting the writing was to pour through, but just how diverse, rich and relatively obscure the general knowledge of our history is. The series takes the reader from the raids by the Romans about 250 BCE to the end of the Boer Wars and the cusp of the First World War in 1905 (which, Churchill would dispute - as he calls out the war with France in the 1740-50 time frame as the first truly world war). Exploring the emergence of constitutional monarchy, the English language and laws, modern political thought, the Reformation, and more than a few deeper dives into military campaigns ranging from Caesar to Nelson to Robert E. Lee and Baden-Powell. Churchill's ability to convey 2000 years of history as "his story" and allow it to be a tale rather than an academic history commend this to a broad range of readers. Surprisingly light, this isn't a quick read, but certainly is approachable by almost any reader with interest. A must read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By History buff on July 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a very good book for the eariy history of Britain. Fantastic! It covers when the Roman Legions were in Britain & when the Normans came to stay. The most interestering part I thought was coverage of the civil war there & the crusades (King Richard the Lion Heart). The devastion of the Black Death, which killed millions in Britain & the rest of everywhere else. The war of the Roses was very interestering as well as devasting. The volume ends with the discovery & colonization of the New World. A Very good & fast paced history that helps the reader come to learn about & understand the early part of Britains history. A history that eventually led to the British Empire. A place where the sun never set on different parts of it. Great book. Loaded with information! Highly recommend.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Barton VINE VOICE on February 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
After completing the four volume set of Churchill's History of the English Speaking Peoples, I was struck by not only how easy and interesting the writing was to pour through, but just how diverse, rich and relatively obscure the general knowledge of our history is. The series takes the reader from the raids by the Romans about 250 BCE to the end of the Boer Wars and the cusp of the First World War in 1905 (which, Churchill would dispute - as he calls out the war with France in the 1740-50 time frame as the first truly world war). Exploring the emergence of constitutional monarchy, the English language and laws, modern political thought, the Reformation, and more than a few deeper dives into military campaigns ranging from Caesar to Nelson to Robert E. Lee and Baden-Powell. Churchill's ability to convey 2000 years of history as "his story" and allow it to be a tale rather than an academic history commend this to a broad range of readers. Surprisingly light, this isn't a quick read, but certainly is approachable by almost any reader with interest. A must read.
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