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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, this second part of Churchill's magisterial book covers the year 1915 and includes the chapters 'The Deadlock in the West', 'The First Defeat of the U-boats', 'The Battle of Suvla Bay [in Gallipoli', and 'The Abandonment of the Dardanelles'.

©1959 Winston S.Churchill (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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PERFECT READER!!!

An absolute unique performance; in an unusual approach to producing an audiobook, this recording have the history and the book, by Winston Churchill, rendered in a true, real-life voice approach by performer Christian Rodska. What could easily have turned into a farce, the marvelous performance by reader Rodska, not only saves the book, but brings the life and times of Winston Churchill so instantly into his own entire story of WW1. The book is a masterpiece of valuable first-hand insight by Churchill. The reading is a unique reenactment of Churchill himself in the given time-period of the history.

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Very interesting history

Well written defense of British actions in WW1 particularly regarding Gallipoli.. The ultimate insider story.

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Essential

Second part of the essential works of Churchill. Wonderfully read also. The story continues and the great powers come to a deadlock. Churchill comes across as a man who wants to think outside the box and perhaps is ahead of his time. Onto the last part..

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Superb

This will change your entire understanding of the Dardanelles campaign. Thought provoking and brilliantly read.

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How Winston Could Have Won the War

Mostly about Gallipoli, Winston explains time a d time again how if only everyone had listened to him, it would have ended in success. At its most ridiculous as he explains how with a few territorial concessions, he could have united the Balkans and near instantly collapsed the Austria and Ottoman Empires.

All beautifully written and narrated, well worth a listen. But, believe near none of this inter war self justification.

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Excellent coverage of the ill-fated Gallipoli initiative

Vol 2 covers the detail of the 1915 initiative to cease the initiative at Gallipoli, as seen from Churchill’s perspective and self-justification of course. Even more than 100 years later it is a moment of “what might have been” that would have fundamentally changed the world in the decades that followed. A poorly understood failure and so overshadowed by the Western Front and Western European
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Excellent history

Winston needs no introduction from the likes of me. This will be read again and again and again 13 world minimum achieved.

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  • 01-08-16

Very enlightening

Essential reading for anyone who wants to know the backbone of events amd political context of the battles amd outcomes.

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  • 24-04-11

Full of details, but no big picture

I liked very much The Second World War, and thought that WWI would be similar. But it focuses mainly on what Churchill himself was involved- The Drdanells campain. Telegrms between generals are described in detail, whereas the global picture of the war id not mentioned.