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The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy | [Winston Churchill]

The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy

This volume of Churchill's history of World Ward 2 recounts the dramatic months as the war drew to a close - the normandy landings, the liberation of western Europe, the bombing of hiroshima and Nagaski, and the surrender of Germany and Japan.
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This volume of Churchill's history of World Ward Two recounts the dramatic months as the war drew to a close - the normandy landings, the liberation of western Europe, the bombing of hiroshima and Nagaski, and the surrender of Germany and Japan.

Please note: This book was originally published in 6 volumes:

  1. The Gathering Storm
  2. Their Finest Hour
  3. The Grand Alliance
  4. The Hinge of Fate
  5. Closing the Ring
  6. Triumph and Tragedy
Churchill then condensed these into four volumes, which have since been released as one, rather hefty, publication. Audible are publishing the unabridged recording of Churchill's condensed volume, broken up into four parts which are as follows:
  1. Milestone to Disaster
  2. Alone
  3. The Grand Alliance
  4. Triumph and Tragedy

©1990 The Estate of Winston Churchill; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom 28/09/2011
    Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom 28/09/2011 Member Since 2014
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    "Awe-inspiring history"

    I have been enthralled by listening to all four parts of this inspiring story of the Second World War of which this is the final book. Christian Rodska's fine narration has added to the experience. This last part high-lighted for me how history can be changed by individuals for good or ill. The duplicity of Stalin, once a cherished ally; the premature death of Roosevelt; the surprise result of the 1945 General Election ousting Churchill: all had ramifications that coloured the rest of the 20th century. By the end of these books I felt a great sadness over the huge waste of lives, but also inspired by the peoples' bravery and tenacity. We owe a great debt of gratitude to Churchill who worked tirelessly for five years against the odds. Not only was he a great leader, but also a great writer able to convey in such a riveting way the fears, triumphs and tragedies of war.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Cambridge, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Amazon Customer Cambridge, United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the read"

    Winston Churchill is a great writer besides being a great Prime Minister. Really good to hear it form his point of view rather than from others writing about him or the war. You definitely realise this was a man ahead of his time, and one of the few to really get Hitler.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luis SantanderSpain 19/11/2008
    Luis SantanderSpain 19/11/2008 Member Since 2008
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    "Two brief comments from a spaniard"

    I would not dream to say anything new on this fascinating work of Mr. Churchill's. However, two topics in the book might be worth underlining at the present moment. On one hand, the scaring and astonishing similarities between the finacial crisis we are enduring and the 1929 crisis, as explained in the book. And, on the other, Mr Churchill's analysis on the causes and motives for the nationalists uprising in july 1936 against the Spanish republican goverment who, as the author states, had lost its legitimacy through its atack on the same republic they nominaly represented, trying to establish a communist totalitarian regime through revolutionary means. His short, but nevertheless clarifying comments, will surely be embraced with enthusiasm by the politicians and intelectuals who, after decades of peace and reconciliation among spaniards are trying to revive, via what they call \"Memoria hist?rica\" (Historic Memory,)past and happily forgotten tragedies.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 15/06/2015
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    "A bucket list listen"

    No history lesson is complete without its makers adding their footnotes. Few history lessons are so completely recalled by their maker as this one is

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • John M
    Lafayette, CA USA
    15/12/08
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    "Always good, occasionally great"

    This is the concluding volume in Winston Churchill's incomparable history of World War II. As in his previous three volumes it provides remarkable insight and an unparalleled "you are there" view of the events. It is an absolute must-read for anyone that has had the pleasure of completing the previous books.
    However, it suffers in comparison to the other books. This first-person view of history worked incredibly well in the first three volumes because Churchill was, quite literally, in the middle of much of the significant action and decisions from 1938 to 1942. His insight, speeches, decisions, and influence on diplomacy literally made history and changed the course of the war. Having a front-row seat to that power and thought process is a treat.
    However, starting in 1943 and certainly in 1944 the United States and the Soviet Union became the primary players on the Allied side and Great Britain (and thus Churchill), exhausted and smaller than the others, became a junior partner. Churchill had less and less influence in the conduct of the war and it is not surprising he was greatly frustrated by it, though he certainly knew that only through the combined efforts of the USA and USSR could complete victory be achieved.
    In this volume he spends most of his time on things he had direct impact over (which were smaller scale) or talking about his frustrations about not being able to prosecute the war as he saw fit. For example, we hear much more about a small invasion of Italy he tried to coordinate than we do about D-Day. And we hear practically nothing about the treatment of Jews or concentration camps.
    But Churchill really comes through in the end as he chronicles the Soviet transformation in 1944/5 from ally to adversary. And there is an epilogue where he discusses the transformations of the geopolitical situation from 1945 to 1957 that is remarkable in its anticipation of many of the issues we continue to face.

    39 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Angus Davis
    Northeast USA
    31/12/11
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    "Winston Churchill knew more about WW2 than anyone."
    Would you listen to Triumph and Tragedy again? Why?

    And he wrote about it with an excellence no one else has equalled. I would certainly listen to it again. I am amazed at how candid yet diplomatic Churchill is, and how beautifully he writes. Imagine a great world leader, also a brilliant journalist, who knows first hand the course of the most important war in history describing events and the personalities of the principal world rulers with penetrating insight and great humor. There is so much to be learned by this book, listening to it twice would only be good for starters.


    What other book might you compare Triumph and Tragedy to and why?

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is a brilliant book and I loved it. However, the account of a journalist who lived through the war and observed it first hand pales in comparison with Churchills authority and intimate knowledge of events.


    What about Christian Rodska???s performance did you like?

    I thought of him as Churchill. I felt Churchill was telling me about the war.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Triumph and Tragedy. The birth of the world today.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one book I am going to get a hard copy and take notes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • András
    Pilisvorosvar, Hungary
    12/11/12
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    "Intensely interesting not just for history buffs"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Triumph and Tragedy to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What other book might you compare Triumph and Tragedy to and why?

    You should definitely listen to the whole series to understand this tragic period of history. It is true what others wrote before that the book is a little bit self serving, but nonetheless it's a great listen.


    What does Christian Rodska bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have the feeling that Churchill himself is telling me the story. Rodska is a great narrator, he even paid attention to using slightly different voices and accents if the contents of a letter or telegram is related written by Roosevelt or Stalin.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Many films were already made no need for more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JonMontanavega
    13/08/12
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    "Sounds just like Churchill + Fascinating"

    I don't really know if the narrator sounds just like Winston, but ... I constantly forget that I'm not listening to the Prime Minister himself. I normally purchase fiction. Also, I'm generally familiar with the course of WWII. This book is not fiction and I learned a lot. Plus, for those who enjoy period mysteries, this book nicely makes the reader think he or she has a seat at the creation of history. Plus, like any good listen it made me stay in my car after I arrived at my destination.

    What WC brings to the history is excellent writing and "the" offical British view of what they were trying to accomplish in WWII.

    I got Vol 1 cheap somehow and kept on purchasing. Well worth all those credits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    26/05/15
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    "Eloquently written first hand account."

    Eloquently written first hand account. Churchill was in the drivers seat for this historic adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dorothy
    08/02/15
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    "Informative and Commanding Account"

    There is no witness to history to compare with Winston Churchill. The writing is vivid and intelligent, the narration good, and Churchill's analysis is always superior.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • adam
    25/01/15
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    "The Definitive work!"

    Possibly the most accurate and telling work of any work done on the subject of the Second World War. Despite any belief about the personal character of Winston Churchill, he remains, I believe, to be the greatest leader of nations on modern history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • james gagnon
    31/12/14
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    "Perfect"

    Christian Rodska's performance perfectly captures Churchill's sound & persona. Absolutely the next best thing to hearing Churchill narrate the work himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timothy W. Jones
    Lansdale, PA United States
    31/12/14
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    "The Best, most complete outline of WWII ever!"

    The backstory as told by one of the greatest statesman of all time is invaluable to anyone who desires a complete, unfiltered telling of this great and tragic conflict from an inside perspective. A MUST read for any student of history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Placentia CA, United States
    20/08/14
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    "Such an amazing man"
    If you could sum up The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy in three words, what would they be?

    Honest. Eloquent. WINSTON!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is his perspective.


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

    no


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    See the Story of our Time


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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