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Winston Churchill The man that the world knows as Winston Churchill looms large on the stage of world history. Like some sort of colossus from antiquity, Churchill strides between two major epochs in the world, one foot planted in the glory days of the British Empire when the sun never set on history


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Winston Churchill The man that the world knows as Winston Churchill looms large on the stage of world history. Like some sort of colossus from antiquity, Churchill strides between two major epochs in the world, one foot planted in the glory days of the British Empire when the sun never set on history

30 review for Winston Churchill: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sulie

    This was a very good overview of Winston Churchill's life. His achievements, struggles, and failures, in many aspects, during his life of service. It shows how he was very forward in his thinking, often preparing for things other allies scoffed at and then saw them come to pass.. He had some outrageous opinions in some regards, particularly one about Ghandi, as his main priority was to hold on to the British empire at all costs, but there is no doubt he made some hard decisions and definitely le This was a very good overview of Winston Churchill's life. His achievements, struggles, and failures, in many aspects, during his life of service. It shows how he was very forward in his thinking, often preparing for things other allies scoffed at and then saw them come to pass.. He had some outrageous opinions in some regards, particularly one about Ghandi, as his main priority was to hold on to the British empire at all costs, but there is no doubt he made some hard decisions and definitely left his mark on the world. This was an enjoyable and informative quick read.. quite liked it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    Winston Churchill: A Life From Beginning to End is a fantastic overview of Winston Churchill and his life's events and accomplishments. This really is a book that can be read in about an hour, which will result in knowing quite a bit more about Churchill than you might previously have known. This book is not in-depth, so if you are looking for something with detailed insights into his life and the various things he was a part of, that is not what you will get. However, if you are merely looking Winston Churchill: A Life From Beginning to End is a fantastic overview of Winston Churchill and his life's events and accomplishments. This really is a book that can be read in about an hour, which will result in knowing quite a bit more about Churchill than you might previously have known. This book is not in-depth, so if you are looking for something with detailed insights into his life and the various things he was a part of, that is not what you will get. However, if you are merely looking to know more about Churchill, this covers a lot. It seemed that this focused most on Churchill's actions during WWII and the events immediately after. Churchill is an extremely interesting figure; he did many great things, but there are also many controversial aspects of his character that as well, which makes him a great historical figure to study. I do wish that this book went into more detail about Churchill himself and some of the lesser-known struggles that he faced, but I understand that this book was meant as a brief overview. Overall, I'm giving this book four stars! This is a great little introduction to a fascinating historical figure.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    As someone who enjoys history and just fancied reading a quick book, this was a good choice. However, I felt disappointed by it. As a book that is about the life of Winston Churchill, I felt like this lacked the discussion of Chuchill's actual personal life. This book focused on his achievements with WW2, but I wanted to know more about the man himself. Most of us are aware of the achievements of this man and are in awe of them, but sometimes it is nice to read a quick book which would detail more As someone who enjoys history and just fancied reading a quick book, this was a good choice. However, I felt disappointed by it. As a book that is about the life of Winston Churchill, I felt like this lacked the discussion of Chuchill's actual personal life. This book focused on his achievements with WW2, but I wanted to know more about the man himself. Most of us are aware of the achievements of this man and are in awe of them, but sometimes it is nice to read a quick book which would detail more about his life, his family, his health, but this book really lacked that which is why I can only give this 3 stars. It was concise, discussed his achievements and I learnt from it, yet didn't contain all I had hoped.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenelle Lopez

    Very well written! Short, compact, to the point and very cohesive. Mostly about his military life. Very little about his early or personal life. Good to have a basic knowledge of WW2 history going into it. I loved it and so did my husband.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrey Michel Andrade

    Inspiring life story .

  6. 4 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Sir Winston Churchill If a man can be called bigger than life, that man must be Winston Churchill. He was born two months premature on November 30, 1874, in his ancestral home of Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. One could glean that from birth, Churchill was impatient to get on with life. At the age of nineteen, he enrolled in the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst as a Cadet Officer. It took him three tries to pass the en “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Sir Winston Churchill If a man can be called bigger than life, that man must be Winston Churchill. He was born two months premature on November 30, 1874, in his ancestral home of Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. One could glean that from birth, Churchill was impatient to get on with life. At the age of nineteen, he enrolled in the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst as a Cadet Officer. It took him three tries to pass the entrance exams (a coruscant example of the tenacity that would pull him and Britain through the darkest hours of history) and he was determined to succeed. Churchill served in various capacities, military and diplomatic, until being appointed Navy Minister in 1911. Just prior to the outbreak of the Great War, Churchill inadvertently expanded the scope of the approaching war by having ordered the seizure of two Turkish battleships currently in British ports. This put the Ottoman Empire squarely in the enemy camp when war was officially declared a month later. Churchill played a large part in organizing, improving, and modernizing the Royal Navy, as well as the eventual independence of Ireland but when storm clouds of war once again hung over Europe, Winston Churchill shone the brightest. Churchill was a devout imperialist. Under Queen Victoria, Britain developed into the greatest imperial power in the world. With colonies and possessions throughout the world, Great Britain was the first true world power. This vast empire began to crumble after the Great War and accelerated after World War II. Try as he might, Churchill could stem the flow of British world interest and eventually had to accept the inevitable. Like Sir Winston Churchill, this book may be small in stature but it packs an impressive punch. Churchill lived by his words, proving that attitude does make a big difference.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mari Reads

    Winston Churchill: A Life From Beginning to End is a short biography by Hourly History, self-described as a publishing group that provides concise, straightforward and takes no longer than one hour to read. This book provides an excellent condensation of the life story of Winston Churchill from birth to death, providing facts about his personal military adventures as a soldier and then as a war reporter, and later progression in political ranks in England. The only thing lacking from this book w Winston Churchill: A Life From Beginning to End is a short biography by Hourly History, self-described as a publishing group that provides concise, straightforward and takes no longer than one hour to read. This book provides an excellent condensation of the life story of Winston Churchill from birth to death, providing facts about his personal military adventures as a soldier and then as a war reporter, and later progression in political ranks in England. The only thing lacking from this book was a view into the more controversial aspects of his leadership. The most interesting role Winston Churchill had to play was in the final plans for the invasion of France, known as Operation Overlord. Churchill noted that the closest launching point across the Channel was in Dover, directly across from Pas de Calais, but that Pas de Calais had been fortified by the Germans. The Normandy landing sight, however, provided a broader platform for maneuver. Tthe Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Churchill after claiming a victory of France, he tried to bargain with Stalin before the Soviet capture of the remaining European countries. During a his farewell address after losing reelection, he gave his famous "Iron Curtain" speech, stating that Soviet domination seemed to be spreading. Churchill appeared to be genuinely concerned with Stalin's plans of conquest, but when seen dealing was Stalin, was viewed as promoting British imperialism. To bolster the strength of Western Europe, he had the idea to create the European Union. The union that Churchill dreamed of was one that a free Europe would voluntarily join out of a mutual desire to work together. In addition, Churchill notably stepped in during May of 1945 when the French attempted to regain the territory in Syria and Lebanon lost during the German occupation.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Raj Shekhar

    A quick and essential read I liked this book for its brevity, carefully balanced with details. It introduced me to various nuances about the world after the "Great Wars". I had known little about Winston Churchill before this. This book did not portray him as a perfect man. In fact, it showed his imperfections and his strong will to overcome challenges including depression. I would recommend this book for those who like nonfiction and want to know more about the man who led the "Empire on which t A quick and essential read I liked this book for its brevity, carefully balanced with details. It introduced me to various nuances about the world after the "Great Wars". I had known little about Winston Churchill before this. This book did not portray him as a perfect man. In fact, it showed his imperfections and his strong will to overcome challenges including depression. I would recommend this book for those who like nonfiction and want to know more about the man who led the "Empire on which the Sun never sets" in its prime. It was quite interesting for me since I'm an Indian. In school I was taught about our colonial past but never from the perspective of the British consciousness.

  9. 5 out of 5

    James Moffett

    Short, Succinct and Interesting: I thoroughly enjoyed this short read and reminder of one of the world’s greatest statesmen. This series of books from Hourly History are meant to give a brief overview and in this they succeed admirably in painting a decent and interesting portrait of this British leader. Known for his sharp wit and keen intelligence, Churchill used his vocabulary to win many an argument or convince a recalcitrant audience. His memorable quotes are still used and as applicable tod Short, Succinct and Interesting: I thoroughly enjoyed this short read and reminder of one of the world’s greatest statesmen. This series of books from Hourly History are meant to give a brief overview and in this they succeed admirably in painting a decent and interesting portrait of this British leader. Known for his sharp wit and keen intelligence, Churchill used his vocabulary to win many an argument or convince a recalcitrant audience. His memorable quotes are still used and as applicable today, as this quote from the book shows “Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential”. If you are needing something uncomplicated to while away an hour or just a “briefing” of Churchill, I highly recommend this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sergio

    Concise and Information The approach to Winston Churchill provides concise and helpful information which allow for the reading to get a realistic view of the values and life of such an important person in human history without disconnecting the reader by means of using an adequate level in the language used which neither feels snobish nor does it feel too simplistic as to attempt to dumb down the info too much. I am really appreciative of finding this book and the author's approach Concise and Information The approach to Winston Churchill provides concise and helpful information which allow for the reading to get a realistic view of the values and life of such an important person in human history without disconnecting the reader by means of using an adequate level in the language used which neither feels snobish nor does it feel too simplistic as to attempt to dumb down the info too much. I am really appreciative of finding this book and the author's approach

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This is another hourly History, a book that can be read in one hour. It's a quick overview of the Life of Winston Churchill. The biggest part of the history was on what Winston did during and after World War II. Churchill first used the term, "behind the iron curtain", during a talk in Missouri. He was criticized by many national leaders for his concern about what would happen to areas under control of the Soviets. The book was a nice small look at Churchill. This is another hourly History, a book that can be read in one hour. It's a quick overview of the Life of Winston Churchill. The biggest part of the history was on what Winston did during and after World War II. Churchill first used the term, "behind the iron curtain", during a talk in Missouri. He was criticized by many national leaders for his concern about what would happen to areas under control of the Soviets. The book was a nice small look at Churchill.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carolina Casas

    A fair assessment of Churchill This is a good introduction on Winston Churchill that covers all the important aspects of his career and his life without overloading the reader with too much information or using big words to make this look imposing; or, as is the case with many short introductions, over simplifies it. The end result is an accurate and mostly objective account on one of England's best PMs and world's greatest leaders. That being said, the reason why I give it four stars out of five A fair assessment of Churchill This is a good introduction on Winston Churchill that covers all the important aspects of his career and his life without overloading the reader with too much information or using big words to make this look imposing; or, as is the case with many short introductions, over simplifies it. The end result is an accurate and mostly objective account on one of England's best PMs and world's greatest leaders. That being said, the reason why I give it four stars out of five is because the author fell into the trap that most of us fall and that is to look at him through a 21st lens. It is a minor setback. I still recommend the book. History buffs and newcomers alike will enjoy it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Balu

    Winston Churchill: A life from Beginning to End is a book which has covered most of the important aspects from Churchill's life.. Many books have been written about Churchill, but this short narration clearly explains and gives a good scope and provides an even deeper understanding of the legendary politician. It deals with his plans, actions, failures and illness, overall it holds great information Winston Churchill: A life from Beginning to End is a book which has covered most of the important aspects from Churchill's life.. Many books have been written about Churchill, but this short narration clearly explains and gives a good scope and provides an even deeper understanding of the legendary politician. It deals with his plans, actions, failures and illness, overall it holds great information

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeramie J Curtice

    Sir Winston Churchill the British Prime Minister As with most writings about Winston Churchill, they often forget to clarify which one the book is about. This creates confusion for anyone new to learning about Sir Winston Churchill the British Prime Minister or Winston Churchill the novelist. Both Churchill's were prolific writers and near the same age. While one was the Prime Minister of Britain the other only ran for governor of New Hampshire and lost the election. I wonder however, how many of Sir Winston Churchill the British Prime Minister As with most writings about Winston Churchill, they often forget to clarify which one the book is about. This creates confusion for anyone new to learning about Sir Winston Churchill the British Prime Minister or Winston Churchill the novelist. Both Churchill's were prolific writers and near the same age. While one was the Prime Minister of Britain the other only ran for governor of New Hampshire and lost the election. I wonder however, how many of each of their famous quotes get confused? With that said, this is a fantastic account of Sir Winston Churchill the British Prime Minister. Enjoy the book knowing which one you are reading about.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mike Briley

    As all of this series of short biographies, this summary of such a full life leaves the reader wanting to know more details. The overall tone of the book is less triumphant than many other Churchillian biographies. Is it closer to the truth? I am not enough of a student of Churchill to judge but I am stimulated to learn more about his life which was pivotal in the history of the 20th century.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julian Orozco, Jr.

    The Old British Bulldog I really enjoyed this book. Learned some new interesting facts about Sir Winston Churchill. With having a few resurgent projects on Churchill on television and the theatre, I became more curious about the man. This book helped feed that curiosity. Very good read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mark Laufenberg

    It's difficult to try to cover everything in a one hour read about such an accomplished man including the aspects of his leadership in World War II, but I think that the book did a decent job of it. As far as covering his political life, it pointed out his successes, misjudgments, and also his unheeded warnings, especially of the communist agenda at the conclusion of World War II. Definitely worth reading if you're somewhat familiar with him, but would like to be filled in on more details of his It's difficult to try to cover everything in a one hour read about such an accomplished man including the aspects of his leadership in World War II, but I think that the book did a decent job of it. As far as covering his political life, it pointed out his successes, misjudgments, and also his unheeded warnings, especially of the communist agenda at the conclusion of World War II. Definitely worth reading if you're somewhat familiar with him, but would like to be filled in on more details of his life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Terri Gostola

    This short biography covered a lot of ground. I had never heard before that he suffered from destabilizing mood disorders that led to self medicating, which included alcohol, barbiturates, and amphetamines. Considering all that, it is amazing what he accomplished. Quote: "You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something sometime in your life." Winston Churchill This short biography covered a lot of ground. I had never heard before that he suffered from destabilizing mood disorders that led to self medicating, which included alcohol, barbiturates, and amphetamines. Considering all that, it is amazing what he accomplished. Quote: "You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something sometime in your life." Winston Churchill

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kaushal shah

    An interesting account of Sir Winston Churchill's life The biography is interesting and written in a short and a crisp format. I would have liked to see some more details about his personal life. The details of his handling of one of its major colonies like India are missing. However, I would recommend all to read this book An interesting account of Sir Winston Churchill's life The biography is interesting and written in a short and a crisp format. I would have liked to see some more details about his personal life. The details of his handling of one of its major colonies like India are missing. However, I would recommend all to read this book

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Good book. I learned a lot that I did not know about Winston Churchill. I think that if Roosevelt had listened to him about the Soviets, the occupation of Berlin might never have taken place. Things could have been very different.

  21. 4 out of 5

    miss r j torr

    Good read A good and yet brief history of his life. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this as it gives a little history about not only Churchill but the world around him at the time. I would read more by this author.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Seb

    Another excellent book from Hourly Histories. I read some negative reviews before reading it but was happy to discover that whoever wrote them was talking out of their backside. I loved it. Well done.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rodrigo Silva

    Hourly Book First time with this series of "Hourly History", a brief compilation of a very deep and charismatic figure, therefore no more than just enumeration of facts and some interesting details are found. Not useful if you want something with more substance. Hourly Book First time with this series of "Hourly History", a brief compilation of a very deep and charismatic figure, therefore no more than just enumeration of facts and some interesting details are found. Not useful if you want something with more substance.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dan Mingo

    A quick yet informative look into the life of Winston Churchill. It was meant to be a quick read so with that it was very good, but I did feel it was missing some things. Not sure what that may have been.

  25. 4 out of 5

    johnanimalantics.net, Margaret G Conlan

    Super What an absolutely fantastic read from beginning to end. I didn’t know a few facts about Winston however we the British people have to thank him for his resilience. Great recount. Love factual books. Thank you.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debarati

    Very succinctly Written This biography of Winston Churchill takes us through every phase of the "British Bulldog" in a succinct manner. Quite lucidly and vividly described. Short and Good read. Very succinctly Written This biography of Winston Churchill takes us through every phase of the "British Bulldog" in a succinct manner. Quite lucidly and vividly described. Short and Good read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    William

    This book is very informative, and shared aspects of Winston Churchill’s life of which I was completely unaware. However, the author allows his personality to intrude upon this biography in the form of commentary and idioms that disrupt the easy reading.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rafael Nascimento

    The book is a very useful resource to learn some information about Churchill's life and also some of his quotes, you can also get a superficial overview of British situation and political background in the WWII years. The book is a very useful resource to learn some information about Churchill's life and also some of his quotes, you can also get a superficial overview of British situation and political background in the WWII years.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Carter

    History come alive This book is well written and tells about the incredible life of Winston Churchill. Some facts are well known while others I was shocked to learn.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

    Great brief review of a great and inspiring man.

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