Synopsis: (Publisher) Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman reveals the astonishingly accurate predictions of Britain’s most famous prime minister and how his critics’ perceptions of them shaped his political career. Who could have foreseen the start of World War I twenty-five years before the assassination of a Serbian archduke plunged Europe into war? Who could have predicted the rise of al-Qaeda nearly eight decades before anyone had heard of Osama bin Laden? Winston Churchill did. Now for the first time, bestselling author James C. Humes reveals these and other shocking predictions made by this legendary figure. Churchill didn’t need a crystal ball to tell the future. Using his skills as a historian, he studied patterns of the past to make his eerily accurate forecasts, including the rise of European fascism, the fall of the Iron Curtain, and the exact day of his own death as he entered his final years. In fascinating detail, Humes’ astonishing biography documents the spot-on prophecies Churchill foretold and the political consequences he endured for sharing them.
“The longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward” Winston Churchill, 1944
My take: If you are a fan of Churchill you’ll want to read or listen to this book. It would also be a great gift! I found it interesting as well as informative – both on a level that forced a “Wow!” out of me from time to time. Although I enjoyed listening to the book I would recommend also reading the print book. I had to stop and ‘rewind’ more than a few times to get the full gist of what had just been said. If I’d been reading the actual book there would have been a lot of highlighting involved.
That said, I thought narrator Matthew Brenher did a wonderful job with James C. Humes’ book. His Churchill voice was very good and fit perfectly into the narrative of each passage.
I find myself wanting to read more about Churchill and I see that Mr. Humes has written a few more so I’ll add them to my TBR list. Recommended.
Source: I purchased the audiobook.
9 thoughts on “Audiobook Brief: Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman by James C. Humes”
I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I don’t know that much about Churchill. I bet my mom would love this book!
I really didn’t know much more than what I’d learned about him in school – and that wasn’t much. I can see now why so many books have been written about Churchill – what an interesting man!
I’ve always been curious about Churchill, but don’t know much about him. This one sounds interesting.
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After reading this book I’m very curious about his early life so I’ll be looking for a book that covers that time.
I don’t know much about Churchill either but your review has made me curious. Some of his sayings have become famous quotes.
While listening to this book I did some online searches and found a lot of his quotes. The one I included in my review has been (mis)quoted often.
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Sounds like a fantastic book, but I’d have to read it in print.
I think his life is fascinating and I would probably read this one but then again, I’m finding that I’m loving audio more and more these days!
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