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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297869140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297869146
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seemingly miraculously, Lawrence James has found something fresh to say about Churchill by concentrating on his romance with the Empire. James is an unabashed admirer of the great man. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Lawrence James is the doyen of Empire historians (Philip Hensher THE SPECTATOR)

(A) highly original book... an entertaining read as well as a serious historical analysis... a pioneering biography of Churchill... It will be of abiding interest to all those concerned with Britain's past and how it influenced the world in which we live today. (D.R Thorpe THE TIMES)

a fascinating portrait of an endlessly interesting man... it makes for wonderful reading. You will certainly learn a thing or two about our finest statesman. (Natasha Hardin THE SUN)

witty and erudite... James' book does an important job (Nick Rennison THE SUNDAY TIMES)

Seemingly miraculously, Lawrence James has found something fresh to say about him [Churchill] by concentrating on the great man's lifelong romance with the Empire and viewing his multifaceted activities through that prism. (Nigel Jones THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH. Book of the Week)

a new, insightful narrative (Ben Felsenburg METRO)

He writes extremely well and refreshes a multitude of familiar topics with narrative skill. The clarity, pace and punch of his prose carry the reader along. (Paul Addison LITERARY REVIEW)

There have been so many books written about Churchill, but this one looking at his vision of Empire is a refreshingly new angle. (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

All the narrative drama, colour and insight that we have come to expect is once again on irresistible show in Churchill and Empire. He makes a convincing case that empire was never far from Churchill's mind and that the great conflicts of the 20th century in which he was involved were essentially imperial in character. (Richard Aldous IRISH TIMES)

(A) highly original book... an entertaining read as well as a serious historical analysis... a pioneering biography of Churchill... It will be of abiding interest to all those concerned with Britain's past and how it influenced the world in which we live today. (D.R. Thorpe THE TIMES)

a fascinating portrait of an endlessly interesting man... it makes for wonderful reading. You will certainly learn a thing or two about our finest statesman. (Natasha Harding THE SUN)

Seemingly miraculously, Lawrence James has found something fresh to say about him [Churchill] by concentrating on the great man's lifelong romance with the Empire and viewing his multifaceted activities through that prism. (Nigel Jones THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, Book of the Week)

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A genuinely new biography of Churchill, focusing on his contradictory and lifelong relationship with the British Empire.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nico on 4 May 2014
Format: Paperback
An interesting and well written book about Churchill and his relationship with the Empire. It was to be a long and enduring love from Churchill's perspective anyway, but as with any passionate relationship it certainly had its storms and tensions.The narrative covers Churchill's first contact with Empire as a young cavalry officer till his final hurrah as the aged statesman. What remains consistent throughout this time was Churchill's passionate love of empire and his desire to maintain it. In general the book portrays Churchill in a positive and favourable light. However it also highlights the ambiguities and contraditctions of both the British Empire and Churchill's views on it. Nor does it hide from the racial prejudice associated with Empire nor Churchill's own racial views and predjudces.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard FFord on 7 Sept. 2013
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This is beautifully written, by a skilled historian. I remember some of the events to which he refers. And more importantly, I recognise many of the attitudes and 'givens' which were instilled in us in the immediate post-Churchillian period. A thoroughly excellent read, highly informative
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor on 22 Sept. 2014
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Even though I have read more than a dozen books of and about Churchill, I got some new interesting historical information from this book. It is very well written.
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An excellent book for readers of recent history. I found that it gave me fresh insights into the events of last century and particularly Churchill's part in them and I would be surprised if it did not have a similar effect on most readers. It is not without relevance today either.
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