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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris (30 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848857187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848857186
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 686,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Excellent'
(Andrew Roberts, BBC History Magazine)

'David Dilks is more than a pre-eminent historian of Churchill. For decades he has known friends and colleagues of Churchill and has a comprehensive grasp of the literature. His tempered view encompasses Churchill occasionally as a domineering bully, and sometimes as a despondent politician, but almost always as a buoyant, inspiring and high-spirited personality with creative imagination and energy of mind as well as body. Churchill and Company offers fresh and original insight into the most remarkable statesman of the twentieth century.'(Wm. Roger Louis, Kerr Chair in English History and Culture and Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Austin)

'David Dilks... throws an unusually vivid light on Churchill's personality and leaves one feeling: 'Yes, that is what he was really like.'' --(The Tablet)

'An illuminating study of Churchill from many angles, including some little explored.' --(Choice

'David Dilks... is one of the very few historians still writing who knew most of the people close to Churchill, including Anthony Eden (for whom he worked), Harold Macmillan, Oliver Lyttelton and some of the generals... he brings to this collection of essays the sense of context which we younger readers need. He understands how Churchill seemed to his contemporaries... Prof Dilks's version is fair, entertaining and succinct.' --(Daily Telegraph)

'An illuminating study of Churchill from many angles, including some little explored.' --(Choice

'David Dilks... is one of the very few historians still writing who knew most of the people close to Churchill, including Anthony Eden (for whom he worked), Harold Macmillan, Oliver Lyttelton and some of the generals... he brings to this collection of essays the sense of context which we younger readers need. He understands how Churchill seemed to his contemporaries... Prof Dilks's version is fair, entertaining and succinct.' --(Daily Telegraph)

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David Dilks was for more than 20 years Professor of International History at the University of Leeds, and then Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull. He previously worked as research assistant to Sir Anthony Eden, Mr Harold Macmillan, Lord Tedder and others closely associated with Churchill, and served as President of the International Committee for the History of the Second World War from 1992 to 2000. He is the author of Curzon in India, Neville Chamberlain and The Great Dominion : Winston Churchill in Canada 1900- 1954, and editor of The Diaries of Sir Alexander Cadogan.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Patricia M. Clegg on 19 Jan 2013
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Insightful, each chapter beautifully measured, constructed, and elegantly written.
Just as the subject loved language with a passion, so too does the author share a mutual love of the English language making this latest study of Churchill a delight to read.
The study also captures the difficulties on forming strategies and coming to wise decisions in the fog of a global war which left our antipodean brothers and sisters vulnerable to attack as well such decisions potentially weakening other fronts across the globe.
Monumental challenges which faced a giant of a man - whose humour and choice of the memorable quip - will resonate through history. This study does not flinch from a candid appraisal of the difficult, complex, and hugely demanding individual that Churchill was and the difficulties encountered by those who stood close to him.
A must-read for any student of twentieth century history and beyond.
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A good informative summmary of all aspects of Churchill's actions during and after WW2. Plenty of new details concerning the WW2 conferences and discussions between the individual parties.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris M on 30 Jan 2013
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This book gives an interesting and, at times, amusing insight into Churchill's relationship with those around him. It takes him off his pedestal and prtrays him as an extraordinary mortal. I would recommend it as 'a starter' for someone interested in the man and his times.

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert Michaud on 21 Nov 2012
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i just found this book interesting dilks cover churchill relations with france . and de gaulle more thoroughly than in many boooks. worth aread . go at it . first chapter churchill up churchill down is interesting . churchill great britain and the commonwealth . is chapter interesting too . can be read fast .
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Yet another Churchill book? 19 Dec 2012
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Adding to the already groaning shelves of books about Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) is this insightful volume that pokes into corners few have previously investigated. I picked it up as a Churchill collector, but found myself taken in (in the best sense) by the good writing, solid research, and insight that Dilts provides. His discussion of the difficult Charles de Gaulle, for example, helps illustrate why France and Britain had a difficult time with one another in the two decades after the war. Another is the fascinating story of "Operation Unthinkable" that Britain secretly explored--taking on the Red Army in 1945 to stop its press toward the West. Dilts' early career as an assistant to many of the people he discusses here--Eden, Macmillan, and Lord Tedder, among others--helps to illuminate his pages. The result is a most readable book that adds to the broader picture of the Churchill we think we know.
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