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While many have found fault with his historical method, and others have critiqued his idiosyncrasies, Time itself will I believe prove the truth in the spirit of Winston s writing if not in the letter For all his faults, I love him Although his bust no longer adorns the Oval Office, my four volume set of Winnie s History of the English Speaking Peoples shall continue to adorn my bookshelves and be referred to whenever the subject of British history comes up Sadly, I have never read them c While many have found fault with his historical method, and others have critiqued his idiosyncrasies, Time itself will I believe prove the truth in the spirit of Winston s writing if not in the letter For all his faults, I love him Although his bust no longer adorns the Oval Office, my four volume set of Winnie s History of the English Speaking Peoples shall continue to adorn my bookshelves and be referred to whenever the subject of British history comes up Sadly, I have never read them cover to cover, but I have enjoyed large sections from each of the volumes Churchill is witty, wise and incisive with a love for the English speaking peoples, on both sides of the Atlantic , borne of his Anglo American parentage.If you don t read any other history of Great Britain, read this one Reading this as a school assignment, I often did narrations on what I d read This book was interesting, but it was obvious that Churchill was partial to one party or the other throughout basically the entire book For example, near the end of the book he makes it clear that he did not approve of Oliver Cromwell at all Therefore, it was hard to see things from both sides In this manner it often disagreed with other history books that were about the same era Other than that, it was good As is to be expected with history, some parts wereexciting than others, but overall I very much enjoy Churchill s histories They re informative and well written. Volume II proceedsslowly and deliberately than Volume I, covering fewer regimes in a greater number of pages Henry VIII breaks with the Catholic Church, Richard II is a swine, and then Charles I tries to get the king s mojo back, but his reign devolves into 12 years of Personal Rule and a dissolved Parliament, which then brings on Cromwell and the Roundheads, and the first standing commoner officered army who end up reeking Puritan havoc on the land, and when finally the dust settles an Volume II proceedsslowly and deliberately than Volume I, covering fewer regimes in a greater number of pages Henry VIII breaks with the Catholic Church, Richard II is a swine, and then Charles I tries to get the king s mojo back, but his reign devolves into 12 years of Personal Rule and a dissolved Parliament, which then brings on Cromwell and the Roundheads, and the first standing commoner officered army who end up reeking Puritan havoc on the land, and when finally the dust settles and the fires are quenched, Parliament has brought back a king, Charles II Reading of the long struggle between the supporters of centralized government in the person of a king or queen and supporters of decentralized government in the persons of an elected parliament puts me in mind of what is happening in America today and gives insight into some of the possible directions matters could take I am supported by George Orwell in hisoptimistic London bombing days when I say that it seems that whatever happens in America, the ultimate result will remain some form of republican government This is a very engaging book I highly recommend It was my first, delving into the intricate threads shaping English rule in the 16 and 17th century The focus of this volume is mostly on the kings and queen and their interactions with the House of Commons and lords, with which they often fought From the start of the Stuart monarchy with Henry VII, the break wth Rome over the divorce of Henry VIII with Catherine in order to marry Ann Boleyn which he later got rid of , the rules of queen Elizabe This is a very engaging book I highly recommend It was my first, delving into the intricate threads shaping English rule in the 16 and 17th century The focus of this volume is mostly on the kings and queen and their interactions with the House of Commons and lords, with which they often fought From the start of the Stuart monarchy with Henry VII, the break wth Rome over the divorce of Henry VIII with Catherine in order to marry Ann Boleyn which he later got rid of , the rules of queen Elizabeth and the fights with the Spanish, the first civil war, the era of dictatorship under Cromwell, the restoration and the final glorious revolution of 1688, the rise and fall of such men as Pym, Stafford, Shaftesbury who was the philosopher John Locke s patron , and even an ancestor of Churchill A great cast of characters We see kings and queens, statesmen, generals and clergy, overtaken by the greatest religious upheaval in modern times Europe the Reformation and the spread of Protestantism This phenomena was of such huge consequence that it is impossible to overlook in any discussion about the transition out of the feudal and medieval age, towards the age of individual rights, democracy, constitutional governments and market and trade economies I was very happy to hear the story in the words of Winston Churchill whose smooth, almost conversational style makes the ride on the historical train a delight It has given me great background context for my readings in the history of political philosophy, which just started with John Locke s second treatise of government I was interested in learningabout the English Civil War and had this book on my shelf for a long time I finally picked it up and read it I enjoyed the book I always heard what I felt would be Churchill s voice while reading the text Churchill is deeply versed in the political and royal figures of the day I found myself referencing Wikipedia frequently to gain some understanding of all the players he mentions in the book I suggest reading the book for Churchill s grand prose and be re I was interested in learningabout the English Civil War and had this book on my shelf for a long time I finally picked it up and read it I enjoyed the book I always heard what I felt would be Churchill s voice while reading the text Churchill is deeply versed in the political and royal figures of the day I found myself referencing Wikipedia frequently to gain some understanding of all the players he mentions in the book I suggest reading the book for Churchill s grand prose and be ready to use Wikipedia and other sources to fill in the background I have been reading this book at the rate of a few pages a day, like a textbook, so it has taken almost two months to finish That pace was used deliberately to help me absorb the facts better If you enjoy history and especially enjoy English history, this is a terrific book and I highly recommend it My admiration for Winston Churchill, already great, has grown astronomically This history was such an ambitious undertaking and he did it well The book is readable and interesting Churchill fo I have been reading this book at the rate of a few pages a day, like a textbook, so it has taken almost two months to finish That pace was used deliberately to help me absorb the facts better If you enjoy history and especially enjoy English history, this is a terrific book and I highly recommend it My admiration for Winston Churchill, already great, has grown astronomically This history was such an ambitious undertaking and he did it well The book is readable and interesting Churchill focuses on events and years, but also the people, and the interactions between the people If only I could retain a tenth of what I read An interesting plus for me is that in these turbulent political times, the series of English civil wars and religious disagreements the text starts with the Tudors and ends in 1688 after Oliver Cromwell and the restoration gives me faith that the United States will find its way through our own turbulent times I plan to take a break from history and then order Vol III, the Age of Revolution &READ DOWNLOAD ↝ The New World ↟ This history will endure not only because Sir Winston has written it, but also because of its own inherent virtues its narrative power, its fine judgment of war and politics, of soldiers and statesmen, and even because it reflects a tradition of what Englishmen in the hey day of their empire thought and felt about their country s past The Daily TelegraphSpanning four volumes and many centuries of history, from Caesar s invasion of Britain to the start of World War I, A History of the English Speaking Peoples stands as one of Winston Churchill s most magnificent literary works Begun during Churchill s wilderness years when he was out of government, first published inafter his leadership through the darkest days of World War II had cemented his place in history and completed when Churchill was in his s, it remains to this day a compelling and vivid historyThe second volume The New World explores the emergence of Britain on the world stage and a turbulent period at home from Henry VIII s break with Rome and the English Reformation to the fending off of the Spanish Armada and the schism between parliament and crown that led to the civil war, the fall and rise of the monarchy and the rule of Oliver Cromwell The book also covers the historic journey of the Mayflower that saw the English speaking peoples arrival in the Americas This book was a pleasure to listen to The narrator is very competent, and manages to interpret the text with wit and meaning The information in it is very extensive, and very well presented and balanced Even though it comprised periods of history which I don t know much of, I was able to follow the main events and personages and learn a lot from it Churchill s phrasing and writing is superb There are various parts in which he seems to speak to the reader, in which he puts asides about curre This book was a pleasure to listen to The narrator is very competent, and manages to interpret the text with wit and meaning The information in it is very extensive, and very well presented and balanced Even though it comprised periods of history which I don t know much of, I was able to follow the main events and personages and learn a lot from it Churchill s phrasing and writing is superb There are various parts in which he seems to speak to the reader, in which he puts asides about current affairs and how certain events unfolded throughout history A very good and relatively brief overview of the time from Henry VIII to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 Some not much historical information contained herein is, granted, generally out of date now due toresearch having been done since the publication of the book but on the whole, this book was well written, interesting, and informative.