The Second World War: The Grand Alliance : Churchill's WWII

  • by Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by Christian Rodska
  • Series: Churchill's WWII
  • 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This volume of Churchill's history of the Second World War recounts the events of 1941 surrounding America's entry into the War, Hitler's march on Russia, and the alliance between Britain and America.
"After the first forty days we were alone," writes Churchill. This edition is part two of Churchill's own abridgement of his original six-volume history of the Second World War.
Please note: This book was originally published in six volumes:
1. The Gathering Storm
2. Their Finest Hour
3. The Grand Alliance
4. The Hinge of Fate
5. Closing the Ring
6. Triumph and Tragedy
Churchill then condensed these into four volumes, which have since been released as one, rather hefty, publication. This is an unabridged recording of Churchill's condensed volume, broken up into four parts, as follows:
1. Milestone to Disaster
2. Alone
3. The Grand Alliance
4. Triumph and Tragedy


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Fascinating and Insightful

During this third volume of the four volume set Churchill continues his wonderful (if occasionally self-serving) narrative. This volume roughly covers the time period of late 1941 through early/mid 1943. This was a rough period for Britain and the military engagements during this period almost always go against the Allies. Though at the end of this volume the tide of war has definitely turned and would usher in a period of practically unbroken victories.

Any casual Churchill fan knows of his affection for the United States. But it was still very interesting to hear first hand his reaction to Pearl Harbor and the official entrance of the US into the War. At that point, as he tells it, he felt the War was won - he was jubilant - it was just a matter of time. His regard for Roosevelt was just shy of worship.

It was also very interesting to see his dealings with the Russians as they shifted sides to the Allies and began immediately insisting on a second front in the West. Churchill alternates between extreme patience and unconcealed exasperation at Stalin's single-mindedness here all the while conveniently forgetting he was Hitler's ally less than a year before.

He has a masterful wit and I literally laughed out loud several times during the narrative.

A must for any fan of military history and World War II.
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- John M


Just a great listen. Like the other reviewers I can assure you - its like listening to Churchill read the book. I have listened to three of books and just downloaded the fourth. It is compulsive listening.
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- John M. Whitcomb

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-14-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios