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The World Crisis, Vol. 1

1911-1914
Written by: Winston Churchill
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
Categories: History, Europe

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Publisher's Summary

The first in a five-volume set of essential listening that examines the causes of the Great War.

This, the first in Sir Winston Churchill's five-volume history examining the events and context leading up to the outbreak of World War I from a true insider's point of view, is unsurpassed as both a historical and personal account of the earth-shaking events leading up to The Great War. 

Churchill's epic series begins in 1911, when Churchill was First Lord of the Admiralty, and opens with a chilling description of the Agadir Crisis and an in-depth account of naval clashes in the Dardanelles - one of Churchill's major military failures. It takes listeners from the fierce bloodshed of the Gallipoli campaign to the tragic sinking of the Lusitania and the tide-turning battles of Jutland and Verdun - as well as the USA's entry into the combat theater.

Written in powerful prose by a great leader who would also go on to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature, and based on thousands of his own personal letters and memos, The World Crisis provides a perspective you won't find anywhere else: a dynamic insider's account of events that would shape the outcome of modern history.

Public Domain (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-19

Final Word on the Great War (pre-WW2)

Many consider this series (The World Crisis) to be the best work of Winston Churchill and the best explanation for the First World War from the perspective of Inter-war writers. Remember to those living in 1919-1937 those were not “The INTERWAR Years” but rather “The POSTWAR Years”. This fact shapes every aspect of Great War writing and from this perspective this book series really is unique. Given this importance I’m happy to say that Audible has done a great job in recording this first title in the series with outstanding recording clarity with a master narrator.

I am thoroughly enjoying this volume and I look forward to buying the further volumes in this series when they become available.

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  • 11-06-19

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Whoever decided to use an American narrator for Churchill instead of a British one should never work in publishing again. We are limited to this version here in the United States, and this reading is nothing but dull and monotonous, exactly what Churchill’s writing is not. Way to ruin a masterpiece. This audio book isn’t worth your time.


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  • Elena K Bolton
  • 12-08-19

Waiting for volume 2

At first I also thought that a reader with American accent was not ideal. But then I thought that this book was written by a fairly young Churchill while most of the speeches we heard are from WW2. So this Churchill should sound different. And he does. The accent is pretty generic so it didn’t bother me. But when are the other volumes coming out ????

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