The Essential Works of Winston Churchill [NOOK Book]

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The Essential Works of Winston Churchill

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Overview

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a very large anthology, and some people have experienced trouble navigating the work. To find each work in the anthology, you must go to the "Go To" section of your Nook, and then select "Chapter." It might get a blank screen--if it does, then hit the page forward button and the work will appear. 

The Essential Works of Winston Churchill in one collection with an active table of contents. Works include:

Liberalism and the Social Problem
London to Ladysmith via Pretoria
The River War
The Story of the Malakand Field Force
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610422703
  • Publisher: Golgotha Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 243,621
  • File size: 817 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2011

    Excellent relevant history

    When reading this book, bear in mind that Churchill is the one who said that he didn't worry about his place in history because he was the one who would write it. You should also keep in mind that this is a 19th century member of the British aristocracy who makes some references to race relations may offend your 21st century sensibilities. My view is that his comments are a good window into the thoughts and prejudices of his contemporaries.

    I enjoyed this book a lot and I learned a from it. It is really four books. The first section is some speeches he made in Parliament in the early part of the 20th century, later then the actions which took place in the latter parts of the book. They are interesting because they give some insight into his own thinking on the events and the way the empire should proceed in the future. They are somewhat interesting, but the real action is in the next three sections.

    The next section deals with his experiences in the Boer War. He was acting as a war correspondent as well as a serving officer, and the book contains the dispatches he sent to the newspaper in Britain so it is essentially a diary. Among other things, he describes how he escaped from a POW camp and made his way back to British lines, the only British prisoner in the war who was able to do that.

    Next, he launches into an account of the "River War" fought by Generals Gordon and Kitchener in the Sudan at the end of the 19th Century against the forces of the Mahdi. Maybe you've heard of Khartoum?

    The book finishes with an account of an insurrection that occurred in India before the River War, mostly in the the Swat Valley in Afghanistan. His account of the people and the conditions that led to the insurrection is very interesting when contrasted with current events.

    These accounts deal with the same regions where we are experiencing so many problems today. Churchill was a correspondent as well as a serving officer in these wars and he provides a contemporaneous view that is a real help in understanding the history behind the events we are experiencing today. Apparently, crazy mullahs preaching jihad because of bumbling foreign governments who don't know what they are doing is nothing new.

    Churchill is an excellent writer and his accounts, especially in regard to his Boer war experiences are fascinating. If you are interested in the history of the British empire, South Africa, and the middle east, and if you wonder how we got into the mess we are in today, this will help you understand.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    The essential works of a politician and journalist

    He was good at using words though and getting his way.

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