In the thirties, his out-of-touch views on subjects such as Indian nationalism meant that his warnings on German militarism were not taken seriously. On the day Churchill took office as Prime Minister, Hitler invaded the low countries; by mid-June France had fallen. A lesser man would have been overwhelmed. Even his opponents do not doubt his greatness as a leader during the Second World War. But the 1945 election brought a shock defeat. Despite this setback, in 1951 at the age of 77 he returned to serve a second term as Prime Minister.
Churchill Remembered draws on a wealth of archive broadcasts by, among others, Robert Boothby, Violet Bonham Carter, Nancy Astor, Oswald Mosley and Churchill himself, and encompasses the whole of his extraordinary life. This is a fascinating and illuminating audio portrait of the life and career of one of Britain's greatest leaders, recounted by those who knew him and in his own words.
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The distilled essence of Churchill in two hours. This radio programme romps through his life, bringing in key witnesses to give us an inside view. The only criticism - I wish it was three times longer.
I have always been facinated with the history of Churchill before WWII and this book did not disappoint; whilst a slow start with a bit too many interviews from his time at school, it soon picked up and I was riveted. A fantastic insight into a complex character who was obviously the right man at the right time in our darkest hour. The Narration was excellent, but I would have enjoyed more of the famous speeches. Highly recommended.
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