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  • "Churchill (Unabridged)"

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    A great insight to one of the most distinguised figures of the 20th century. A true understanding of the ruling classes and thier insight of how the world should be. Without Churchill leading from the front the course of history would most certainly have been different. No matter what you previously thought of the man this book will give you a much deeper insight.

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    Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roy Jenkins
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
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    In this magisterial book, Roy Jenkins' unparalleled command of the political history of Britain and his own high-level government experience combine in a narrative account of Churchill's astounding career that is unmatched in its shrewd insights, its unforgettable anecdotes, the clarity of its overarching themes, and the author's nuanced appreciation of his extraordinary subject.

    Francis says: "A biography worthy of Churchill"
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  • Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII

    "Good but too short"

    Overall

    It is well-written and well narrated, but I'd have preferred an unabridged version - there didn't seem to be enough detail and the time period was sped through.

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  • "History made clear and easy!"

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    I am a third year degree student studying US Civilisation.

    This is an excellent book. The way it is presented in 'lectures' makes the whole experience much more enjoyable. I felt like I had spent 8 hours at a University conference and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is lively, full of anecdocts that make remembering facts a lot easier and it is delivered with passion. Wish my lecturers were half as good!

    Brilliant! Buy it you won't be disappointed.

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    The Modern Scholar: The American Presidency

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    • By Robert Dallek
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    This course explores the tenures of the men who held our nation's highest office during the 20th-century. The lectures look at each president and examine his strengths and weaknesses, as well as the times in which he served. Through this analysis, listeners will develop a better understanding not only of this supreme office and how it has taken shape, but also how it has shaped America and, indeed, the modern world.

    Maria says: "History made clear and easy!"

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