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The World Crisis 1911-18: Part 1 - 1911 to 1914

Part One Winston Churchill's superlative account of the prelude to and events of the First World War is a defining work of 20th-century history. With dramatic narrative power Churchill reconstructs the action on the Western and Eastern Fronts, the wars at sea and in the air and the advent of tanks and U-boats.
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Winston Churchill's superlative account of the prelude to and events of the First World War is a defining work of 20th-century history. With dramatic narrative power Churchill reconstructs the action on the Western and Eastern Fronts, the wars at sea and in the air and the advent of tanks and U-boats.

Rich with personal insights, the first part of Churchill's magisterial book covers the years 1911 - 1914 and includes Ireland and the European balance, the mobilization of the Navy, the invasion of France and Turkey and the Balkans.

©1959 Winston S. Churchill; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Graham LondonUnited Kingdom 03/02/2010
    Graham LondonUnited Kingdom 03/02/2010
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    I recently listened to Roy Jenkins' excellent biography of Churchill. This re-awakened my interest in the man (WSC) to the extent that I wanted to hear an account of his life and times in his own words. Like most people I have known him as the great statesman and warlord of popular legend and also that he had been a prolific writer. However, never having previously read any of his works I had not gathered what a brilliant writer he was into the bargain. This account of WW1 and its origins, given from WSC's personal perspective, is infomative, authoritative and utterly compelling. It practically fizzes with energy and life, thanks in no small part to a masterly reading of the text by Christian Rodska. I gained an entirely new perspective on that grim, Great War - hands up those who knew of the German Navy's bombardment Hartlepool, Whitby and Scarborough in December 1914 - and I was utterly intrigued by the inside account of the exercise of power in the great days of Cabinet Government and Parliamentary Democracy. By comparison with today's tawdry governance in the UK we have a vivid illustration of what we have lost in the past 100 years.

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    Andy Leicester, United Kingdom 13/01/2014
    Andy Leicester, United Kingdom 13/01/2014 Member Since 2010
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    "Not as informative as hoped - not really a history"
    What did you like best about The World Crisis 1911-18? What did you like least?

    Best thing was Rodska's superb Narration.

    I least liked Churchill's constant vindiction of himself, he also doesn't seem to follow any 'rules' of the historian and presents guesses and speculation as fact.


    Would you recommend The World Crisis 1911-18 to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes as it is an easy listen and gives an account of WW1, the accounts of naval strategy are relevant and interesting.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rodska’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes lots of them, him and Jayston are amongst the finest narrators.


    Was The World Crisis 1911-18 worth the listening time?

    On balance I think so, would have liked more history and less of churchill.


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    Stuart East Melbourne, Australia 19/08/2013
    Stuart East Melbourne, Australia 19/08/2013 Member Since 2009
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    "peerless"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The World Crisis 1911-18 to be better than the print version?

    it is better than the print version largely because of the masterly reading by christian rodska.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The World Crisis 1911-18?

    the description of how the new battleships were designed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    almost.


    Any additional comments?

    fabulous. better even than his wwii.

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    steve liverpool, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
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    "Fascinating"

    Got this as part of a research programme extending to the W.W.2 recordings and so glad I did. Gets you into the mind of the man. Compulsive listening and a treasure for researchers. Best thing I have listened to in a while historians it puts you in the place the time and the issues covered come to life in the telling. A very human history take on history thorough and at times humorous. Recommended

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    "Excellent presentation of a classic work"

    This is an excellent reading of this work.(Nobody does Churchill quite like Christian Rodska.)
    The work is an interesting but somewhat self serving view of the First world war from Churchills perspective. He had access to many documents denied to other historians initially and made good use of them.It is a nice contrast to listen to this in conjunction with Massies "Castles of Steel" which gives a different perspective on Churchills role as First Sea Lord.
    My only real quibble is that it isn't made clear that this is an unabridged reading of the abridged version!(Which is in fact far more readable than the full edition.)

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