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A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume 1 - The Birth of Britain (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    Winston Churchall was probably the most remarkable men of the last century. When he was out of power in the 1930s Churchill went against the leadership of his own party as he tried to warn people of the Naxy menace. WWII begand then Churchill became PM in Britains "finest hour." He inspired the British people to rist Hitler and saved the world from a babaricy tryanny that new knwow bounds.

    Besides being the world'ds greatest statemsen Churchill was also a hiustorian and biographer. he was a Master of the English language. After the War Che wrote a six folume history of the conflict and earned the Nobel Prize in 1953. In the late 50s Churchill completed a four volume History of the English Speaking Peoples

    The Birth of Britain is the first volume of that series.It covers a lot of years from the Roman invasion of Julias Ceasar to King Henry III. We are introduced to a frascianting cast of characters Queen Boadicia who in the year 60 or 61 lead a failed rebellion against the Romans. Churchill talks of tribal wars, dynastic struggles and the Norman Invsasion.

    Britain went through many changes and saw much bloodshed. But at the same time the Magna Carta was procalmed. Churhill also talks about the development of Parliment and rule by law. Unlike other European countries it became an English tradition that no man, not even the monarch, is above the law. We see the begininghgs of the English Constition in this volume. It would grow and become Britain's gift to the world.

    I enjoyed this book and gave it the highest possible rating. I intend to read the other volumes in this series. In my humble and highly undeducated opinion I think Churchill wshouled be ranked up there with Edward Gibbon -Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and should be remembered as one of the best all time histories of the English people.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Definitely not boring history

    At first I thought this was going to be rather dry and dull. Boy, was I wrong. The style of writing is anything but dry or dull. The whole subject is treated with an underlying affection and respect. This could have been written yesterday and not 50-60 years ago. I wish this had been a textbook in my history class. I will search out more books by Sir Winston as his style of writing is very easy to understand and is quite readable. I would recommend this to anyone with a middle or high school student that thinks history is boring.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

    excellent

    Winston is as good an orator as he is a writer of books. It is a well written classic that takes you through the history of early england(britania) and europe. From the celts, the picks and the vikings to Cromwell, the magnacarta and the kings court. from the times of the romans to the current. if u want a good understanding of the english speaking peoples...this is a must!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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