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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849165475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849165471
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'a beautifully written account ... this book is to be warmly recommended' BBC History Magazine.

'A pleasure to read' Daily Express.

'It deserves to be ranked among the best biographies of Britain's best prime minister' The Winston Churchill Journal.

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Winston Churchill attracted far more criticism alive than he has since his death. He was, according to Evelyn Waugh, 'always in the wrong, surrounded by crooks, a terrible father, a radio personality'. To others, he was the saviour of the nation, even of Western civilization, 'the greatest Briton' who ever lived. Whatever one's view, Winston Churchill remains splendidly unreduced. He also remains enormous fun - a cartoonist's and caricaturist's dream on the one hand, one of the most powerful and successful statesmen in modern history on the other. Globally famed for his role as a leader during the Second World War, this study resists the temptation to conflate Churchill's post-war career with Britain's demise on the international stage. Nor does it endorse the notion that Churchill became an anachronism as he lived and continued to work, at a prodigious rate, through his seventies and eighties. As well as being Britain's most celebrated politician and war leader, Winston Churchill was a Nobel Prize-winning author. He was one of the most prolific writers of his age and his accounts of the momentous events through which he lived have indelibly marked the way in which modern British history has been conceptualized. Uniquely endowed with talent, energy and determination, Winston Churchill was, as a close wartime colleague put it, 'unlike anyone you have ever met before'. Ashley Jackson describes the contours and contradictions of Churchill's remarkable life and career as a solider, politician, historian, journalist, painter, amateur farmer and homemaker. From thrusting subaltern to high-flying politician, Cabinet outcast to elder statesman, this is the eternally fascinating story of Winston Churchill's appointment with destiny.


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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. D. M. Kirby on 5 Jan 2012
Format: Hardcover
I imagine that scores - possibly even hundreds - of books have been written about Churchill but for anybody who holds Churchill in the highest esteem - as I do - this is the perfect book with which to start to chart his life. Professor Jackson has researched his subject thoroughly and then has cut right to the bone. He has dealt with the man himself and those who aided him: Squadron-Leader Torr Anderson and Ralph Wigram, who assisted Churchill tremendously with details of pre-war aircraft manufacture (RAF with the former, Luftwaffe, the latter) don't get a look-in; and neither does his loyal secretary, Mrs. Violet Pearman - the devoted `Mrs. P'.

But it really doesn't matter; details of those (and many of Churchill's other faithful followers) can be found in other books: the rather wordy and overlong (double the size of this tome) book by Roy Jenkins and the excellent works by Martin Gilbert.

Not only does Professor Jackson concentrate on Churchill's life, from birth to death, he concisely explains the decisions made by Churchill and his contemporaries and how they affected him and world affairs. More than anything else, this book is extremely well-written; the author knows how to grip a reader's attention.

The book's puff states: `This is the eternally fascinating story of Winston Churchill's appointment with destiny'. It is.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By gzerovti on 12 July 2012
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I have just read "Churchill" by Ashley Jackson.

I thought that I already knew quite a lot about the life of Winston Churchill but this book filled in a lot of the gaps.

I found it very interesting and very easy to read. It was the sort of book that kept the interest going and I found it hard to put down.

A good, interesting overview of the life of Winston Churchill, recommended reading.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dr Tolstoyevsky on 9 Aug 2011
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Prof Jackson has managed to write a refreshing, entertaining and highly readable new biography about the great Winnie Churchill. The author addresses some of the common criticisms and misguided beliefs about Churchill, especially the unfounded opinions that Churchill was a warmonger and anti-working class. Although written objectively I could feel the passion and love of the man on every page. I would recommend this to anybody interested in learning about Churchill ahead of the bibliographies by Gilbert & Jenkins. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Simmonds on 30 Dec 2013
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A highly readable account of the life of one of the great figures of the 20th century. Extremely well written account which really puts Winston`s life into historical context with the wider events that were happening in the world. With any book trying to take you from childhood to old age on such a well known figure as Churchill its very easy for it to become a eulogy but this book manages to get strike a real balance in its analysis. There are numerous quotes throughout the book to give a real flavour of time and events and generally these seem well chosen. There are the mistakes and the triumphs but both are put into context. About a quarter of the book is dedicated to the events leading up to Second World War and perhaps for me it was Churchill`s earlier life that was most educating although I did not live through WWII. Overall I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history and wants a readable account of Churchill`s life. I have passed mine onto my best friend with a wholehearted recommendation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Mark W. Tebbit on 12 July 2014
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This is an excellent biography of Churchill, which manages to combine entertainment and readability with serious depth of character analysis. The steadily paced narrative of Churchill's life also throws new light on many of the historical events and upheavals that he lived through and helped to shape. From his participation as soldier and journalist in the Boer War through to his political career, his liberal imperialism and social conservatism, his crossing of the floor in parliament and his meteoric rise in the Liberal government to First Lord of the Admiralty in World War I, Ashley Jackson develops a gripping account of a highly complex character, explaining everything about the young Churchill with great clarity. Where the book really excels, and is to be preferred to its predecessors, is in his even-handed assessment of his subject's later years, carefully demolishing some of the negative myths about Chruchill's roles as Home Secretary and Chancellor in the 1920s. He acknowledges the mistakes and flaws in Churchill's character wihtout allowing these to cloud his maginficent achievements, especially as wartime prime minister. Anyone interested in a balanced overview of Churchill's life and understanding exactly why he was so important to Britain's national survival, should start with this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B Phillips on 6 Jun 2013
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I would recommend this book. It feels a little too pro-Churchill in places, but on the whole the author strikes a great balance of comment on the subject.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J McIntosh on 8 Jan 2013
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Great service - enjoyed book very much. passed it to my daughter who also found it excellent. But here again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Sokol on 1 Aug 2014
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Churchill is without a doubt one of the greatest politicians of the 20th century and is mainly known as a war-leader. However many facets of his personality are often unknown such as: he was the leading historical author of his time, accomplished painter and the list goes on.
This biography attempts to convey not only historical facts and speeches but also to give a sense of who Winston was a person. It strikes a balance between super-human larger than life image and the portrait painted by critics of Churchill. It covers his whole life, however no book will ever be able to fully describe 90 years in one of the most turbulent centuries.

I would consider this biography as a great introduction to W. Churchill with significant amount of details (Not a primer) and a fascinating insights into the life of a genius. Once you read it at the end there are suggestions for further study related to particular aspects of Churchill's life which offers a chance to investigate a particular area of interest.
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