As a young, ambitious soldier, Winston Churchill managed to get himself posted to the 21st Lancers in 1899 as a war correspondent for the Morning Post - and joined them in fighting the rebel Boer settlers in South Africa.
In this conflict, rebel forces in the Transvaal and Orange Free State had proclaimed their own statehood, calling it the Boer Republic. Perhaps the most riveting personal account is found in London to Ladysmith via Pretoria, where Churchill is captured in Pretoria not long after he arrives to join the British forces - and is frustrated not by the conditions in the prison but by the fact that he was missing the action.
Churchill tells the story of how he escaped and made a daring overland crossing, travelling only at night to avoid detection.
Over a 64-year span, Churchill published over 40 books, many multivolume definitive accounts of historical events to which he was a witness and participant. All are beautifully written and as accessible and relevant today as when first published.
During his 50-year political career, Churchill served twice as Prime Minister in addition to other prominent positions - including President of the Board of Trade, First Lord of the Admiralty, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Home Secretary.
In the 1930s, Churchill was one of the first to recognise the danger of the rising Nazi power in Germany and to campaign for rearmament in Britain. His leadership and inspired broadcasts and speeches during World War II helped strengthen British resistance to Adolf Hitler - and played an important part in the Allies’ eventual triumph.
One of the most inspiring wartime leaders of modern history, Churchill was also an orator, a historian, a journalist, and an artist. All of these aspects of Churchill are fully represented in this collection of his works.
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Bringing history to life
This beats reading about history hands down. The narrator is superb, bringing to life an account of the Boer War from 1899. This book is so well narrated it is like listening to old Winston himself speaking to you down through time. The narrative is a product of its time and there is the use of words which we find, quite rightly, offensive today. That said, I cannot recommend this energetic, interesting account of the Boer War highly enough. A great starter piece if you want to begin your journey into the Boer War. You will not be disappointed.
Winston's escape from the Pretoria prison. I had never known that Winston had escaped from a prison. The account is so well narrated that your imagination runs riot picturing Winston strolling out the gate, hiding amongst the goods on the train, jumping off to avoid being discovered etc. Just fantastic.
Listening to someone recounting their experiences is always much more dramatic than simply reading words on a page. It really was like listening to Winston! Ric Jerrom put dramatic emphasis on words and phrases, as well as doing an Afrikaaner accent etc. He is brilliant.
On more than one occasion it had me holding my breath in anticipation, and also laughing out loug.
Does Not Cut It
Churchill book yes but narration by Ric Jerrom no. Sadly the mispronunciation of the place names is both distracting and jarring.
Did little research into correct pronunciation.
- Hardy Wilson