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Winston Churchill's superlative account of the prelude to and events of the First World War is a defining work of twentieth-century history.

With dramatic narrative power Churchill reconstructs the action on the Western and Eastern Fronts, the wars at sea and in the air and the advent of tanks and U-boats. The third and final part of Churchill's magisterial book includes the chapters Verdun, Jutland: The Encounter, The Battle of the Somme, The Intervention of the United States, Britain Conquers the U-boats, The Climax and Victory.

©1959 Charles Scribner's Sons 1931, renewed Winston S. Churchill (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

What listeners say about The World Crisis 1911-1918 - Part Three 1916-1918

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Amazing read, beautifully written and read.

The last part in the Great War covers Jutland & the Somme to the Armistice. Again, as with part one and two, it was gripping to listen to and absorb. Churchill is excellent in his story telling, and Christian Rodska is just as excellent in his narration.

It was interesting about Churchills views on Jutland and his interest (from his investment) of David Beatty. Churchill is clearly a supporter while being highly critical of Jellicoe. History has since judged Beatty to have made numerous critical errors at Jutland which Churchill conveniently glosses over or passes blame to Jellicoe or Evan -Thomas.

Again, as with my reviews on the previous parts, some of Churchills writings must be taken with a grain of salt as they are his version of events which helps define his legacy.

Overall, The World Crisis was an excellent book. Read it. You won't regret it.

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Staggering. Every human should should read this.

Staggering. Every human should should read this, to understand the horrors that destroyed the great European powers.

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  • 27-10-2018

typical Winston. imperialism to the end

Fascinating to hear Winston's version of the war coming from a pre-Nazi English Empire World-view.

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  • 03-08-2020

Winston at his best

Engaging memoirs, packed with a healthy dose of impressive self judgement. At its best when Winston speculates on how he could have won the war .... For both the allies and the hun.

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  • Athans
  • 19-05-2020

Truly excellent narration

A thrilling book elevated to greatness by a marvellous performance from the narrator.

Make sure you’ve listened to the previous two parts first.

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  • James Grundy
  • 22-09-2019

Great book covering the final 3 years of the war.

Enjoyed this book immensely, following all the major events which either had a hand in.

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  • Arnfinn Rong
  • 19-02-2019

PERFECT READER!!!!

An absolute unique performance; in an unusual approach to producing an audiobook, this recording have the history and the book, by Winston Churchill, rendered in a true, real-life voice approach by performer Christian Rodska. What could easily have turned into a farce, the marvelous performance by reader Rodska, not only saves the book, but brings the life and times of Winston Churchill so instantly into his own entire story of WW1. The book is a masterpiece of valuable first-hand insight by Churchill. The reading is a unique reenactment of Churchill himself in the given time-period of the history.

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  • 11-03-2012

History at it's best.

A history of the first world war by someone who was there. As you listen to it, you think about all the people who died in it. You realise just how bad it was. The words of Winston Churchill take you back to that time and tells what happen. Some of the best history I have every listen to. Christian Rodska is great he is just right for the voice of Winston Churchill great work.

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