Winston Churchill's magnificent narrative history of the United States, one of the greatest ever written, united in a single volume for the first time by the author's grandson, Winston S. Churchill.
The best history of America ever written is embedded in the four volumes and two-thousand-odd pages of Winston Churchill's Nobel Prize-winning A History of the English People. Never before has America's story been told with such authority and piercing insight. The New York Timesdescribed the original series as "both massive and readable, authoritative and exciting, instructive and pleasurable, stimulating and abundantly fair...Witty, vigorous,ironical, invariably instinct with life. The legacy of a man of superhuman energy, great intellectual powers, and the utmost simplicity of soul." It is an enthralling love song to America by one of the great men of our century. Lovingly brought together and introduced by Churchill's grandson and namesake, it is now ready for discovery by a new generation of Americans, and many generations to come.
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Drawn from uncollected speeches and articles as well as from the author's four-volume History of the English-Speaking Peoples, this anthology of the great statesman Winston Churchill's writings on American history highlights both its author's vigorous prose style and his commitment to the idea that the United States and the United Kingdom shared not only a common past but a common destiny.
As a young man, writes his namesake and grandson in his introduction, Churchill toured some of the battlefields of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and it is in writing of these two epochs and the expansionist years between them that Churchill is strongest. Of particular interest are his remarks on the ideological origins of the colonial revolution in such documents as the Magna Carta and the teachings of the Puritan elders, although, as an eminently practical politician, Churchill gives attention to less lofty causes of dissent--for instance, the English crown's logistical difficulty in governing an overseas empire with ideas of governance and resources of its own. Churchill's reflections on the Second World War are also of much value, and he provides an insider's view of the defeat of Nazism and the birth of the cold war.
Devotees of Churchill's work will not find much new here, but readers approaching him for the first time will find this volume to be a fine introduction to Churchill's writing and thought. --Gregory McNameeFrom the Back Cover:
"In this absorbing volume, skillfully culled by his grandson from
Winston Churchill's vast literary output, the greatest Englishman of the twentieth century paints with surpassing elegance his
portrait of American history and the American character. This is
a good book to read--and a book to savor."
--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
"This excellent volume gives the gist of all Winston Churchill's writings and observations about American history. It is a wonderful read for Americans, and tells them a great deal about their country which many of them do not know and ought to know."
--Paul Johnson, author of A History of the American People
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Book Description Random House Large Print, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110375408568
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