This is the story of the first 25 years of Mr. Churchill’s life, up to the point where his unique parliamentary career was just beginning. From childhood and his apprentice days at Harrow and Sandhurst we follow him on active service to Cuba, the North-West Frontier of India, Omdurman and the Boer War (including the historic story of his escape from captivity), while in the background are his early adventures in politics and literature.
“I have tried, in each part of the quarter-century in which this tale lies, to show the point of view appropriate to my years, whether as a child, a schoolboy, a cadet, a subaltern, a war-correspondent, or a youthful politician.... When I survey this work as a whole I find I have drawn a picture of a vanished age.”
from the author’s Preface
“Narrator Frederick Davidson employs a slight Churchillian drawl, making this one of the most completely satisfying programs in years.” (Library Journal)
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An entertaining intro to a great man
- Suzanne Haraburd
Excellent history and entertainment
Yes, I can well imagine going back to this. Churchill writes a rich combination of history, journal, reminiscence and sheer entertainment.
Frederick Davidson brings a very dry-wit style of reading, with a steady unhurried delivery and excellent pronounciation.
This would be a great story of anyone's life. Being the story of such a pivotal figure of history makes it so much more meaningful. His early life sets the pattern for WWII; determination, personal courage, a keen eye for political meanings and personalities, and an empathy for all he meets.
- Mark Jeffrey