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Hitler's invasion of Russia brought to an end a period of almost exactly a year during which Britain and her Empire had stood alone. Six months later, the United States, attacked by Japan, joined the war and the Grand Alliance was born. It was a momentous turn in the course of the war and Sir Winston Churchill noted, 'United we could subdue everybody else in the world. Many disasters, immeasurable cost and tribulation lay ahead, but there was no more doubt about the end.'
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By John M on 11-21-08
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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By John M. Whitcomb on 10-23-09
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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By Kirstine on 09-28-11
Another engrossing instalment
I've been riveted by the first three parts of Churchill's mastery story of the Second World War of which this is the third. Even though much of the narration relates to the strategy behind and execution of battles I found this book gripping, filling me with awe over Churchill's stamina and single-minded dedication to his tasks. In retrospect it's frightening to think of the risks he took flying hither and thither to speak face to face with Roosevelt, Stalin and various other leaders as the war raged. I am struck by his patient diplomacy, humility and willingness to admit mistakes, but at the same time being fearless in his quest to save Western Civilization. This book tells the stories of the USSR's heroic struggles and of disaster and then triumph in North Africa when, at last, the Allies started to have successes. I've down-loaded the fourth and final part of this monumental work and will start listening right away. It's a testament to Churchill's fine writing (and Christian Roska's outstanding narration) that such a wealth of detail about war should be so engrossing.
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By Lee on 10-06-11
A mind Boggling and inspirational listen
His diaries are probably the most evocative books I have ever listened to. A absolutely awesome man who thrived in the most complex and terrible period of our worlds history. Incredible stuff.
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