Churchill and Secret Service

  • by David Stafford
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winston Churchill believed passionately in the value of secret intelligence, in times of war as well as peace. Historian David Stafford makes the compelling case that one cannot understand Churchill's astounding success as a modern day statesman without reference to his deep involvement in the world of espionage.With absorbing detail about the secret world of agents and double-agents, this groundbreaking work traces Churchill's connections with that world, from his days as a member of the Cabinet that established the Secret Service to the war years, when his extensive intelligence network provided him with superior information. What results is a major contribution to the study of modern and military history and a crucial missing key to understanding Churchill himself.

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What the Critics Say

"A first-rate and, what is more remarkable, an original contribution to Churchilliana, of sure interest to students of Churchill, modern history, or military intelligence." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Starting off as the standard BBC announcer, narrator Frederick Davidson cranks up for the stirring speeches and dips the pithy observations in venom or bile. This reading is superb." (AudioFile)
"Stafford's narrative is concise, easy to follow, and often exciting. Lovers of spy novels should get particular enjoyment from the fine examination of the genuine article." (Booklist)

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Fascinating History

War buffs, intrigue addicts and Churchill admirers will enjoy this book. Well written, well researched and the material is mainly new.

I shall check to see if the reader, David Stafford, has been employed BEFORE I buy next time. Once again, this readers style is totally off putting. His lingering final syllables and over pronounced vowels become tiresome within a few sentences. I wish Audible would pay more attention to this facet of customer enjoyment.
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- peter "A transplanted Englishman, I spend my time on biography, history and military books. I appreciate good English and good narration."

Complaints about reader are entirely misplaced!

Frederick Davidson is a GREAT narrator...I seek him out. It is a shameful, narrow provincial 'Americanism' which I think motivates the complaints...how absurd! But by all means, listen to the preview!!
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- Aaron

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.