How Winston Churchill Changed the World

Course No. 8400
Professor Michael Shelden, PhD
Indiana State University
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What Will You Learn?

  • Learn how Churchill's passion for literature and history informed some of his greatest public speeches.
  • Examine Churchill's early career as a liberal statesman trying to establish a social safety net for the working class.
  • Study some of Churchill's political blunders, including the miscalculated adventure" in Gallipoli."
  • Discover how Churchill collaborated with, and fought, political peers like Arthur Balfour and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
  • Follow Churchill's postwar struggle to solve the emerging Cold War through his characteristic personal diplomacy.

Course Overview

Few individuals personify the tumultuous story of the 20th century more than Winston Churchill. Great Britain’s most celebrated statesman, Churchill didn’t just live history—he made it. His was a fascinating journey that would take him from the dawn of the Edwardian Age to the dawn of Beatlemania; from the days when the British Empire ruled the seas to its twilight as the preeminent global power; and from the chaos of two world wars to the equally fraught tensions of the Cold War era.

To follow Churchill on his epic course as a politician is to experience, on an intimate scale, the dramatic highs and lows of world history. It’s also a chance to honor the concepts of democracy and liberty he held so dear. Churchill’s life offers a stirring reminder of how, in times when freedom is threatened, people can still stand up to defend it.

Even still, too many biographies of Churchill are hagiographic, choosing to gloss over the many equally intriguing complexities of a man who both shaped and was shaped by the world around him. Just as important as Churchill’s championing of freedom were his moments of weakness, his political failures, and his personal struggles. Taken together, they all offer an invaluable context to both Churchill the man and Churchill the legend.

“Churchill rose to the occasion because that’s what great leaders do,” notes preeminent biographer, Professor Michael Shelden of Indiana State University. “That’s why his life will always be worth our attention. Whatever our political persuasion, we can learn from him.”

In How Winston Churchill Changed the World, enjoy a thorough, multifaceted exploration of Churchill’s life, accomplishments, complexities, and legacies. Over the span of 24 lectures that unfurl like a great story, you will delve into Churchill’s military leadership during World War I and World War II; his personal relationships with family and friends; his abiding passion for history, literature, and public speaking; and his political relationships with historical giants like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, and Queen Elizabeth II. With Professor Shelden as your authoritative guide, you’ll embark on an unforgettable adventure through the 20th century in the footsteps of the one man who helped not just Great Britain but all of humanity prevail during violent, dangerous times.

The Life and Times of a Master Statesman

Professor Shelden provides a biographer’s keen insights into Churchill and uses this course to help you arrive at an amazing conclusion: No matter how much you reveal about the man, Churchill in every way lives up to his legend.

How Winston Churchill Changed the World guides you chronologically through the life and times of this master statesman, taking you from the dawn of his political career to his final years in a much-changed geopolitical landscape.

  • The Early Years: Follow Churchill from his beginnings in the early 1900s as a young liberal statesman, his rise to the Admiralty in 1914 and his relentless push for an imposing naval force, and some of his disastrous miscalculations during World War I.


  • The Second World War: Discover why, more than any other British politician, Churchill denounced the rise of Adolf Hitler and why, after the breakout of war, he led the fight against the Nazis and refused to make peace with Hitler even when it seemed most prudent.
  • A Postwar Britain: Examine Churchill’s equally dramatic postwar career, when he was voted out of office and caught up in a time of political, social, and economic crisis, as well as two different cold wars—one with the Soviets and one with Britain’s Labour party.


As you tour the 20th century from Churchill’s perspective, you’ll get fascinating insights into his accomplishments and triumphs, including:

  • His diplomatic maneuverings with allies and foes;
  • His iconic public speeches (including his celebrated “Finest Hour” speech, which draws on lines from an Andrew Marvell poem);
  • His investment in Britain’s military (including his early championing of tanks and seaplanes); and
  • His early realizations of the dangers of both Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia.


Learning from Failure

Central to all 24 lectures of How Winston Churchill Changed the World is the profound sense of history that was so important to Churchill’s philosophy as a politician and a leader.

As Professor Shelden puts it, “Knowing what happened—and where it happened—was not trivia for Churchill. It was part of the process of knowing your place in time, of understanding how what you do today will affect tomorrow and how it will measure up to events of yesterday.”

These lectures offer a more contextualized perspective on Churchill’s life and career with an appreciation of this kind of historical knowledge. As a result, Professor Shelden doesn’t shy away from examining Churchill’s failures and how, on occasion, his preference for the backward glance of history distorted his view of the future, leading to missteps and disasters, including his failure to understand the rise of independence movements in the British colonies, his underestimation of Japan’s strength in the Pacific Theater, and his controversial World War II bombing campaigns in German cities like Dresden.


Both “Great Man” and “Everyman”

One of Professor Shelden’s skills in these lectures, aside from his incomparable scholarship, is his ability to make Churchill feel both bigger than life and entirely relatable, both a “great man” and “everyman.”

A celebrated biographer, Professor Shelden is the author of Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill, as well as several other biographies of writers like George Orwell and Mark Twain. His literary background makes him the perfect biographer of Churchill, who himself was a celebrated and respected writer who went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953.

“It’s not too bold a thing to say that it was Churchill who admirably filled the post of poet laureate without any official reason to do so,” says Professor Shelden, “taking his prose to poetic heights in his best speeches, and moving his audiences in the way that great verse often does.”

Poet, historian, statesman, soldier, prime minister, husband—Winston Churchill played many roles throughout his life. And How Winston Churchill Changed the World brings all these varied roles together to create a fascinating, multilayered biography.

By the end of the final lecture, you’ll discover that Churchill’s most enduring legacy is anchored in something deeply personal and timeless: his individual stance as a champion of freedom when the world was at a tipping point between darkness and light, and as someone whose voice and courage helped to shift the balance toward the light.

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24 lectures
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  • 1
    Churchill and the Muse of History
    First, establish a strong sense of how Winston Churchill looked at the world, and what he brought to politics that made him stand out from the start of his career. Then, learn how the connecting thread of history helped inspire Churchill to deliver his iconic Finest Hour" speech." x
  • 2
    Young Churchill
    Survey the remarkable accomplishments of Winston Churchill's life before he turned thirty. Follow the future statesman as he fights on the frontier of India, takes part in the British army's last great cavalry charge, survives capture in South Africa's Boer War, and wins a seat in Parliament. x
  • 3
    Churchill, the Edwardian Titan
    Few British politicians have risen as far-and as fast-as Winston Churchill did during the first decade of his parliamentary career. Examine Churchill's meteoric ascent, including his conflicts with political veterans Arthur Balfour and Joseph Chamberlain, his time as a liberal statesman, and his relationship with Violet Asquith. x
  • 4
    Churchill's Rise to the Admiralty
    Focus on Churchill's career as First Lord of the Admiralty and his efforts to make sure the British navy could win battles in the North Sea. Central to this were technological developments (including a massive new gun for ships) and his knowledge of the newest twist in naval warfare: aviation. x
  • 5
    Churchill and Failure in World War I
    With the military disaster in Gallipoli and the Dardanelles during World War I, Churchill pushed his luck too far. Discover what led to this major failure and his subsequent resignation from government, as well as how he overcame this fall from grace by joining the fight on the Western Front. x
  • 6
    Churchill in War and Peace
    Gain insights into Churchill's return to government in 1917 as Minister of Munitions and, after the end of World War I, as War Secretary. Then, examine Churchill's fraught relationship with Prime Minister Lloyd George and the publication of his grand, four-volume history of the war years: The World Crisis. x
  • 7
    Churchill as Chancellor of the Exchequer
    As Chancellor of the Exchequer, Churchill's primary job was to maintain Britain's economic prosperity. Here, learn how his efforts to cut wasteful spending, implement modest tax cuts, and return to the Gold Standard hurt the British economy in a way that would undermine most of his good work elsewhere. x
  • 8
    The Rise of Tyranny in the 1930s
    Take a step back to investigate just how tangled the relationship between Britain and Germany was becoming in the 1930s. Professor Shelden reveals how Churchill led an uphill battle to persuade his country about the dangers of Hitler and the Nazis-even as his fellow countrymen turned against him. x
  • 9
    Churchill as Author and Historian
    During the 1930s, Churchill kept his name and fame alive through his books and essays. In this lecture, explore some of his greatest works from the period, including Great Contemporaries (a dazzling study of major leaders of the day) and Marlborough: His Life and Times (a multi-volume biography of a famous ancestor). x
  • 10
    The Gathering Storm in Nazi Germany
    As international danger loomed on the horizon, Churchill knew the Royal Air Force would be the key to Britain's future. Learn how Churchill set in motion a chain of events that led to the legendary (and revolutionary) Spitfire, then examine how Churchill tried to save King Edward's monarchy from scandal. x
  • 11
    Churchill in the Age of Appeasement
    Explore just how pitifully disunited and disorganized the British government was as it stood on the verge of war with Hitler. How did the "age of appeasement" begin? What made Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain think he could do business with Hitler? How did Churchill continue to prepare for war? x
  • 12
    The Road to Dunkirk
    On May 8, 1940, a speech by David Lloyd George validating Churchill's premonitions of war with Germany led to Chamberlain's defeat-and Churchill's succession to the role of prime minister. But, as you'll learn, within a month of taking office Churchill faced one of his most serious challenges at Dunkirk. x
  • 13
    Churchill in Power
    When Churchill took power over the government, he knew he'd not only have to fight the Germans but also the simmering resentments within the Conservative Party. Take a closer look at cabinet battles and the famous speech to the House of Commons after the Dunkirk miracle" that effectively crushed Churchill's defeatists." x
  • 14
    Surviving the Nazi Blitz
    Explore how Churchill responded to the terror of the Blitz and how his long history of experience with aviation had a major impact on the war in the air. Then, conclude with a look at the wisdom of a particular-and overlooked-sentence from his famous speech of June 18, 1940. x
  • 15
    Turning the Tide against Hitler
    When did the course of war with Germany take the decisive turn for England that Churchill had hoped for? Why did his attention wander to Malaysia and Singapore? Why was the Suez Canal such an important lifeline for Britain? What was Churchill's long-term strategy for facing down the German juggernaut? x
  • 16
    Churchill and Roosevelt
    Learn how another historical giant-U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt-became the one vital person Churchill needed at his side to win the war. You'll learn what made these two men such effective partners, including their strong wills, their love of attention, and their hatred of being on the sidelines. x
  • 17
    Churchill and Stalin
    Turn now to Churchill's relationship with another historical giant: Russian leader Joseph Stalin. Why was Churchill's August 1942 trip to Moscow one of his most difficult wartime challenges? How did he and Roosevelt balance their desire to help an enemy of Hitler's without allowing Stalin more leverage than was prudent? x
  • 18
    Debating Churchill's Wartime Leadership
    Take a look at some of the more controversial decisions of Churchill's war record, including his possible delay of the D-Day invasion and the bombing campaign against Dresden and other German cities. Also, consider Churchill's early public stance against the threat to Jews under the Nazis. x
  • 19
    Churchill from Tehran to Yalta
    At the Tehran Conference, Churchill realized how small Britain was compared to the rising world powers of Russia and the United States. At the Yalta Conference, he discovered the only bond of victors is their common hate. Here, go inside Churchill's experiences at these critical diplomatic events from World War II. x
  • 20
    Peace, Churchill, and the British Voter
    In July 1945, at the height of his triumph over Hitler, Churchill was kicked out of office by the British electorate and replaced with Clement Attlee. Examine how Churchill's struggle to save Europe from despotism left Britain a minor world power instead of the major power it once was. x
  • 21
    Churchill on the Iron Curtain
    In this lecture on the dawn of the Cold War era, investigate how Churchill grew increasingly disappointed with Britain's postwar future-including its reduced power, influence, and economic prospects-and his realization that another ominous threat loomed over the world: Stalin and the Soviet dominance of Eastern Europe. x
  • 22
    Churchill and Britain's Postwar Crisis
    As prime minister, Churchill had shared his government with Labour leaders. Learn what happened once Labour assumed power and walked away from that spirit of partnership. From a fiscal meltdown to rationing to British troops at war in Asia, ceaseless opposition became the rule of the day. x
  • 23
    Churchill's Return to Power
    Churchill devoted as much energy as possible in his second period as prime minister to cementing ties between the United States and Britain in response to the Soviet Union's rise as a superpower. Discover how he became a powerful, persuasive advocate for peaceful coexistence in the face of atomic destruction. x
  • 24
    Churchill and the Legacy of Freedom
    Was Winston Churchill really the indispensable man of the 20th century? Can one person even make that much of a difference in the course of history? Professor Shelden concludes his lecture series with a pointed consideration of provocative questions that most academic historians won't even go near. x

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Michael Shelden

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Michael Shelden, PhD
Indiana State University
Michael Shelden is Professor of English at Indiana State University, where he has won the top award for excellence in scholarship, the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research/Creativity Award, three times. He earned his PhD in English from Indiana University. Professor Shelden is the author of six biographies, including Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill, which has been translated into Russian, Chinese, and...
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How Winston Churchill Changed the World is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 70.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Overview Bought this a couple months and just got around to listening to it. I was very pleased with the presentation, organization and level of detail. I have always thought Churchill was the most accomplished man in the 20th century and over the last 30 years I have spent a lot of time studying him and visiting important places in his life. You don't need my interest level to thoroughly enjoy this course. Dr. Shelden makes a story out of Churchill's life and, in doing so, lends us insight into all the West's major characters from the 1890's to the 1950's. By the end of the course you will know not only what Churchill did and what is reasoning was but you will also gain a deep appreciation of what the man himself was really like. I have dozens of Great Course course and this one rates at the very top.
Date published: 2019-04-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It won't play on my MAC I have tried many times with 3 different DVD readers and it only opens to the home page but there is no "button" to make it play. ZIP A real rip off
Date published: 2019-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An appreciation of a great man and his work In the current climate of dismantling Western Civilization, when a public figure was recently forced to repent for using a quote from Churchill, it’s refreshing to listen to a 24-lecture series that unabashedly admires this great statesman. I’ve read many books by and about Churchill, so it’s difficult to surprise me with any new material, but Professor Shelden did indeed include some fresh items, and brought a new perspective to history I was already familiar with. I’ve already listened to TGC’s earlier 12-part Churchill series; this newer set goes into greater detail, especially about the last two decades of Churchill’s life. The Prof does a good job of integrating Churchill into the events and trends of his lifetime. I’m sure some people will complain about the Prof’s pro-Churchill approach, but it doesn’t bother me a bit. My only criticism is of the Prof’s verbal delivery…which tends…to chop up…sentences…in a breathless fashion. Since I followed the audio version, this tic was more pronounced to me than it might be for someone watching a screen. My first encounter with Churchill was at age 8, when I was upset to find that my Saturday morning cartoons had been replaced by a video feed of his funeral. “Who is this guy who thinks he’s more important than Quick Draw McGraw?” I fumed. Well, now I know, and I thank the Prof for reminding me again of how much the Western world owes to this “Great Briton.”
Date published: 2019-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting and Amazing These lectures go over like a good movie. Learning a lot about a character I only knew existed during WWII.
Date published: 2019-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent content, masterfully written I listened to these lectures on CD and thought they were great. The lecturer provides an excellent overview of Churchill's life and historical importance, with proper emphasis on the most important elements. He is apparently an English professor as well, and this comes across in the beauty of the writing, which was clear, absorbing, and artful.
Date published: 2019-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course The professor made it interesting. What you needed to know about Churchill is in there. No disappointment. The only aspect that I thought initially might be annoying was the professor’s constant hand motions. But after the first few lectures, you no longer recognize it.
Date published: 2019-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of your best! I purchase "on sale" Great Courses and have over 60 (have completed the majority). Some courses are OK. Some are Outstanding. Dr. Sheldon is one of the most inspired and well versed of the many excellent Great Course lecturers. I put him right there with Dr. Elizabeth Vandiver and Dr. Ron Davis. Fine company!
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lectures about Winston Churchill It took me two months to read a book about Churchill's life. It takes much less time to listen to those Teaching Company lectures, AND the lectures focus much better on the important things about Churchill and his life and his great decisions and his errors.
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Churchill Fascinating history! Learned more then I ever thought I would since I am a WWII history buff.
Date published: 2019-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I`m not impressed with the title. The course is a fine but brief survey of Churchill`s life and career. I would`ve preferred a course of thirty-six or even forty-eight lectures.
Date published: 2019-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's all in the delivery... I am a self-professed Churchill admirer. I have read countless biographies (the greatest of which is The Last Lion, incidentally the greatest biography PERIOD) and devoured this and an earlier TGC offering entitled Churchill by Dr. J. Rufus Fears. This course is rich in information and offers all the key highlights of Churchill's life. However, the video production and presentation are unfortunately flawed. The use of a green screen is painful in the video course. Often times, due to poor technical lighting, the shadows on the presenter's clothing blur into the chroma key spectrum and an elbow disappears into the scenery. Other times, the slow and soft delivery of the spoken word is dull to the point of tedium. Granted, the aforementioned course by the late Dr. Fears is on the opposite spectrum of delivery! So be forewarned that the gentleness of the professor may be off-putting to some. And yet again, the lack of video and audio clips is disheartening. Would that this course, or other offerings by TGC, had full clips rather than stills or silent video! Is it too much to ask to show Churchill offering one of his powerful rhetorics? Content-wise, this course is well worth the investment. It was just not delivered in as neat and tidy a package as one might have preferred.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Course This course excellent in all respects. Very well presented by the professor who is both interesting to listen to and excited by his subject matter (and it shows)! One of the best courses I have purchased! Learning about Churchill, what he accomplished and his insights is simply critical to understanding the world we live in today
Date published: 2019-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How Winston Churchill Changed the World I love history and the professor of English from Indiana State University, who has made the study of Churchill and the era in which he lived a main focus of his work, presents Churchill's story as only an English professor and writer could--with a flowing narrative style and lively anecdotes. I would recommend that Great Courses would ask him again to offer other course presentations as well. A major reason I purchased this course is to get glimpses into an earlier age--an age in which my other father and mother lived--in which there was a radical turn to nationalism. Our own time is also a time in which nations in Europe as well the U.S.have strong nationalistic movements. Conservative and liberal views about life, culture and politics have also turned polemic and divisive. How do great leaders and nations respond to such polemics and division? Churchill showed us one courageous and exemplary way in his day. Hopefully, our nations and political leaders can still learn from him.
Date published: 2019-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb! In this series of 24 lectures, Professor Michael Sheldon describes the professional and political life of Winston Churchill from his beginnings under Queen Victoria to his passing under the young queen Elisabeth 2nd. The series is extremely informative and well researched. Pertinent context is provided while avoiding pointless forays into personal or secondary issues. However, in the last third, including World War II events, less comment and more information would have been welcome. Overall, this is an outstanding course, Professor Sheldon’s tangible admiration towards Churchill not preventing him from being satisfactorily objective.
Date published: 2019-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superior in Every Aspect From a lifelong Churchill admirer, if there were a higher grade than A+, this course has earned it!
Date published: 2019-02-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Loving Narrative This is a loving, reverential and worshipful portrayal of WC. If you like history that deifies mortal men, this is the course for you. If you are looking for objective history, look elsewhere. I'll sum this course up for you - WC is responsible for single handly saving GB (and the world) from Hitler. He is the only man that recognized that Hitler was aggressive and bad. GB was alone against Hitler (the empire and self-governing dominions don't count). All those that didn't rush to war are fools, appeasers and isolationists (not just wrong) except russia - which really was isolationist and appeasing. WC is not responsible at all for Galipolli, Singapore, the defeat of the BEF - but he is responsible for Dunkirk.
Date published: 2019-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great story - but very onesided Some years back I listened to the other TGC course on Churchill (by J. Rufus Fears) and I liked it, but I was a bit annoyed by its very onesided (positive) portrayal of Churchill. If I recall correctly, there was one website review that suggested that the course should be renamed "Winston Churchill Could Walk on Water". When I saw that yet another TGC course on Churchill had been released, I became very curious and somehow got the idea that this new course might be a bit more balanced in its take on Churchill. Now, while I did enjoy this new Churchill course as well, I think it could be renamed "Yes! Winston Churchill Could Walk on Water! And Rainbow-coloured Unicorns Followed in his Footsteps, Praising His Magnificance!". Don't get me wrong. I think Churchill is an amazingly interesting figure and one of the towering personalities of the 20th century, but he was a lot more complicated as a person than these two TGC courses indicate.
Date published: 2019-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never a dull moment! My husband and I are so grateful to have watched this captivating series. Michael Sheldon is a storyteller of immense talent. His delivery is so impeccable yet very intimate at the same time. Our favorite lecturer from the Great Courses!
Date published: 2019-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Study one of the great men in all History! Professor Sheldon show you why Winston Churchill is one of the great men of the 20th century if not in history! Well worth the price!
Date published: 2019-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best courses This course felt like watching a drama series. The professor is fantastic and commands excellent storytelling skills bringing to life Churchill’s personal story embeded in 20th century history. A must watch for any history lovers.
Date published: 2019-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of The Great Courses' best I've just finished this course on CD, and it's one of the best items the Great Courses has produced. I've purchased quite a few GC products over the years, and this one ranks up there with courses by Gallagher, Bucholz, and Greenberg. Shelden has solid command of his subject, presents it well, and clearly admires Churchill but doesn't lapse into mere hagiography. I've already recommended the course to friends, and I can't recommend it strongly enough here.
Date published: 2019-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best This is one of the best Great Courses that I have watched. The professor is new to the Great Courses, but he is fantastic. The professor does an excellent job relaying the history while also telling a story. I previously listened to the Churchill course by Prof. Rufus Fears, and I was wondering what this course could add. While Prof. Fears's course focuses more on the personal biography of Churchill, this course focuses on his professional life. Both courses are excellent, and they are complimentary. This is truly one of the finest Great Courses, and I hope that this is the first of many by the professor.
Date published: 2019-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Presented like a nepic drama! One of the very best courses. It is easy to observe that Dr. Shelden is a professor in English. His presentation unfolds like a great epic drama. He knows the subject very well and the presentation is almost flawless. Churchill is seen within his world and background and the historian comes through as well as how he applied history to his own situation. Often Dr, Shelden shows how much Churchill loves to write. This is a well rounded and very enjoyable course. (I have watched Great Courses that bored me to sleep before. This one doesn’t!) This one may be watched with “A History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts” by Dr. Robert Bucholz. It tells the story of John Churchill, an ancestor of Sir Winston to whom he often refers and is very well presented. The only critique that I can find is the new format in which Great Courses are packaging their DVDs. All are piled in around a single button, making access difficult and causing the DVDs that has already been watched to lay loose until all have been watched.
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First course I've purchased from Great Courses where the lecturer isn't in front of a live audience. At first I thought this was a mistake, but now 1/2 way through the series I enjoy the presentation. Michael Shelden is excellent. I only hope Great Courses contracts with him to do more titles. Could well be the replacement for my favorite lecturer now that Rufus Fears is gone. Although I am quite familiar with Churchill's live and many of this written works, there were still many little nuggets here I learned for the first time. Overall the course is best seen as an overview of Churchill's life with reference to follow-on materials you should read to fill out the picture.
Date published: 2019-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A most entertaining series This is one of the best series of lectures that my wife & I have purchased from the Great Courses. The lecturer did a first rate job of unpacking the history of a complicated man. The result was a nuanced portrait of one of the most important figures of the 20th century. We would be interested in hearing more from this lecturer.
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a remarkable set of lectures done in a more appropriate and serious tone than the very disappointing piece done by Rufus Fears which I also bought and was extremely disappointed by his less than serious style
Date published: 2019-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good history of Winston Churchill, the instructor new the subject and presented it very well.
Date published: 2019-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uplifting series... When I finished this series of lectures, I was left wanting to read every book Churchill has written, a goal I plan to take on this summer. There are few true heroes in this world, people who have made a difference on the course of history, rather than being praised only for their ability to entertain. Shelden shows us the victories and defeats of a great man who was rejected by those either too short-sighted or too exhausted to see the importance of his wisdom and work. These were truly enlightening lectures.
Date published: 2018-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WELL WORTH YOUR TIME A great story, presented by a great storyteller. Highly recommended
Date published: 2018-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New information ! I've seen many programs about Churchill and thought I knew just about everything. This course provides information and background about the WW 1 era, the 20s and finally the post WW 2. And, surprisingly, new background material about the 1935-45 era.
Date published: 2018-12-15
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