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A History of the English-Speaking Peoples (The Birth of Britain / The New World / The Age of Revolution / The Great Democracies) (Book-of-the-Month Club) Hardcover – Box set, January 1, 1966


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Company (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000MXMIYQ
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wish I had read this book and series years ago!
Mazda 6
Winston goes into great depth of the birth of England and its subsequent development including all the detailed trials and tribulations.
Richard C. Geschke
I can thoroughly recommend this book to the reader of general history.
Andrew Desmond

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21 of 21 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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20 of 21 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Barton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Barton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SDB Mike on May 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My inlaws have an ancient four-in-one edition from the 50s. I was always interested. I spend 2+ hours a day commuting so I listened to the audio version on Audible -- highly recommended for those who want to learn while droning in traffic. I will now add the paper version to my library for when I am no longer daily stuck in traffic.

Churchill is a master. How can you not trust his commentary when you examine his judgment and leadership? Anglophile comments from other reviews should be taken in stride. It is an easy series to read or listen to as Churchill conveys his ideas effortlessly. As with many histories, folks may complain there is an over emphasis on military campaigns. Sadly, wars are a large part of history. For more of the other aspects of history, Durant is a better bet. Regardless, Churchill covers a vast timespan and provides an excellent basis from which to base further study. Marlborough, for instance, is now on my future studies list.

Also, if you find it hard to plod through Gibbon, audio is an excellent alternative.
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