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Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
DVD ~ Winston Churchill

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! Yes! Yes! - Great job! Well worth the money!, May 25, 2010
This review is from: Winston Churchill (DVD)
This is a truly fantastic documentary and is a must for anyone interested in history.

The programme has credibility and is very accurate and there is a lot of unseen footage from the war years.

Great job! Well worth the money!

Winston Churchill


The Gathering Storm
The Gathering Storm
DVD ~ Albert Finney
Price: $5.89
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, May 25, 2010
This review is from: The Gathering Storm (DVD)
Albert Finney takes the role of Winston Churchill and makes it his own. HBO has done a fantastic job of depicting these ten years preceding Churchill's appointment as Prime Minister.

The story is appealing and exciting, interesting and, at times, funny.

I have no hesitation is recommending this film to anyone interested in the history surrounding Sir Winston Churchill and those ten years of 'wilderness'.

The Gathering Storm


Into the Storm
Into the Storm
DVD ~ Brendan Gleeson
Price: $11.39
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The language?, May 25, 2010
This review is from: Into the Storm (DVD)
This is the second film that HBO have produced on the life of Sir Winston Churchill and Brendon Gleeson does a good job of depicting Churchill. However, my personal preference was very much Albert Finney, who most certainly took the role of the Prime Minister and made it his own.

Despite the change in actors, HBO has done a good job reporting on the ten days leading up to Churchill's 1945 General Election defeat, however, the Churchill they have depicted in not the Churchill that existed. Sir Winston Churchill may have, (on rare occasions), used choice words when upset, but swearing as a pastime was not something he was often given to. Swearing shows a great lack of language command which Churchill never suffered from.

I am only disappointed from the language point of view and feel that although accurate history is very important to report, by including the bad language, the film cannot be widely seen by the younger generation.

Many of the moments when Churchill is depicted as swearing were personal entries and artistic license, as evidenced by the fact that Churchill was alone and there were no witnesses.

In my opinion, the language ultimately draws away from the important and interesting story that tells of those last trying days when Churchill was first Prime Minister.
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Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
by Jon Meacham
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.74
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but..., May 25, 2010
I have very much enjoyed Jon Meacham's 'Portrait of an Epic Friendship', however, I have feel unable to give the book more than three stars as I believe that the portrayal of FDR at Yalta as a leader who 'gave into Stalin', required more explanation than criticism.

FDR knew at Yalta that the chance were he may never see the end of the war, and as a result, he saw his responsibility as President of the United States, to be one of a cautious leader. It was well known that Churchill wanted to launch a war against Stalin as he felt that Europe had not been saved from the hands of one monster merely to give half of it over to another. FDR's choice came not out of weakness, but instead out of a belief that it was his duty as President to leave America in a situation of peace. America and its people had to come first before Europe and our needs.

I do not believe that Jon Meacham has satisfactorily explained this situation and leaves the reader with the impression that President Roosevelt cowered to Stalin out of fear. This is an erroneous misinterpretation of FDR and his intentions and other biographies on the President do bare that fact out.


Churchill and America
Churchill and America
by Martin Gilbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: $23.16
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST - Can one really say more?, May 25, 2010
This review is from: Churchill and America (Paperback)
Sir Martin Gilbert never ceases to amaze me with his knowledge and penmanship. Churchill and America is simply FANTASTIC! The story is exciting and enjoyable to read, I learned so much from Sir Martin's book, as I have done with all that I have read of his. Every book Sir Martin Gilbert writes is backed so well with strong research. So, as I said in the title: 'THE BEST' - Can one really say more?

Churchill and America


Winston and Jack: The Churchill Brothers
Winston and Jack: The Churchill Brothers
by Celia Lee
Edition: Hardcover
5 used & new from $97.66

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected..., May 25, 2010
In my opinion this is not the best work of Celia and John Lee. Sadly they have placed an unacceptable amount of blame on Winston Churchill for the lack of funds that Jack had available throughout his life.

Both Lord and Lady Randolph Churchill died leaving their children astronomical debts that needed to be repaid and Winston Churchill took the main responsibility for the repayment of the creditors.

Jack had the same opportunities as Winston, but he had no need for the finances that Winston required and I do not feel the book has taken these facts into consideration.


A Soldier's Life: General Sir Ian Hamilton 1853-1947
A Soldier's Life: General Sir Ian Hamilton 1853-1947
by John Lee
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, May 25, 2010
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A great guide to the army life of Ian Hamilton. I have read this book several times and each time I discover something new.


Churchill by Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations
Churchill by Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations
by Richard Langworth
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!, May 25, 2010
Richard Langworth has done a fantastic job of gathering together the accurate quotes of Sir Winston Churchill. I teach about Churchill constantly and this book certainly earns the acclaim that Winston Churchill's great-grandson Jack Churchill offered, "The bible of Churchill quotation"

This book is a 'must have' for any Churchill fan. No other quote book on the great man comes anywhere close to the depth and accuracy.

CHURCHILL BY HIMSELF: THE LIFE, TIMES AND OPINIONS OF WINSTON CHURCHILL IN HIS OWN WORDS.


Radiant Girl
Radiant Girl
by Andrea White
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.96
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GREAT BOOK BY AANDREA WHITE, December 6, 2008
This review is from: Radiant Girl (Hardcover)
Andrea White has out done herself in this outstanding novel combining both history and fantasy, encapsulating an insight into the life and effects of an 11-year old Ukrainian girl whose life is turned upside down after the Chernobyl disaster.


Window Boy
Window Boy
by Andrea White
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.16
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WINDOW INTO CHURCHILL..., May 15, 2008
This review is from: Window Boy (Hardcover)
'Window Boy' is a fantastic introduction into the life of my Great-Grandfather, Sir Winston Churchill. It completely encapsulates the principals of 'NEVER SURRENDER!' and 'DETERMINATION!' that he lived by. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. 'Window Boy' is a must read for any person of any age, especially a Churchill fan.


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