The fourth and last volume in Churchill's famous account spans 1815 to 1901. It closes when the British Empire is at its peak, with a staggering one-fifth of the human race presided over by the longest reigning monarch in British history: Queen Victoria.
In America he assesses the position of the "Great Republic" from slavery and secession to its position as a world superpower. He charts the rise of Germany and the unification of Italy and examines the situation in the Balkans in 1878, all of which had a deep impact not only on the war he was soon to fight, but on the geography of the European continent today.
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It is easy to listen to and contains more events and facts than I can remember
Winston Churchill he significantly changed the course of the war and never gave up.
clearly spoken and engaging. liked his Churchill voice
it is too long for that
in my top ten audible books
"The Great Man on the Great Democracies."
No one is better able through ability and experience to relate man's struggle in securing democracy and in doing so, in building Western Civilization.
"A EXCEPTIONAL HISTORY BY A GREAT STATESMAN."
This view of our history is made brilliant by Churchill's participation in what followed. Brilliant!
If you like British history, then this is a defining work on the subject. Well researched, well written and well read.
"Churchill knows his stuff but left me wanting more"
• Covers the European peace treaty post-Napoleon, The Crimean War, the rise of Germany, and the Russo-Turkish war relatively well
• At times it was difficult to listen to (flowery language obscured the meaning of what the writer was trying to convey)
• Too much time seemed to be spent on politics in England
• Too much time spent on minute details of events like the wars rather than summarize the main conclusions or how certain details related to the greater picture
• Was expecting it to be more focused on England than other countries
• Was left with a sense that the general progression of English society to a modern state was not covered or at least not summarized
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