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Churchill (Life & Times) [Paperback]

Sebastian Haffner , Peter Hennessy

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19 Dec 2002 Life & Times
When Churchill died, ‘one might have thought that it was not a man who was being borne to his grave, but British history itself - a resplendent, fortunate history whose last illustrious chapter Churchill himself had written almost a quarter of a century before.’

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‘One of the most brilliant things of any length written about Churchill’ (TLS)

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Sebastian Haffner was ‘one of the outstanding figures in European journalism’ (Guardian, 1999). He emigrated to London from Berlin in the 1930s and became a vocal critic of the Nazi regime, writing influential articles in the Observer. After the war, he became Germany’s pre-eminent political commentator. His many books include Germany: Jekyll and Hyde and The Meaning of Hitler and most recently Defying Hitler: A Memoir (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2002).

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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerfully written and informative biography 19 July 2003
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This powerfully written and informative biography of Winston Churchill tells the story of a monumental British figure who was to influenced the world of the 20th Century. European journalist and Churchill biographer Sebastian Haffner was one of the foremost figures in European writing and influenced Churchill's policy towards Germany and the Nazis. In this major examination of Churchill's life and accomplishments, Haffner provides a passionate and involving probe of the man whose methods and motivations changed the political shape of European history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5***** 17 Aug 2007
By Erik - Published on
This book is a great account of Churchill's life; how 3 wars made him famous, his rise and fall in British politics, his private life and other subjects. Churchill had an interesting life. Haffner had an interesting way of telling and writing. Together it makes this book one that you should read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Winston 23 July 2009
By Christian Schlect - Published on
A concise and friendly biography of Winston Churchill notably written by a German.

While I disagree with a few of Sebastian Haffner's many interesting points, such as that Churchill was an absolute failure at school and that Sir Stafford Cripps the politician "might possibly have fitted into the landscape of the second half of the war better than Churchill", on balance Mr. Haffner's book is quite admirable and one that will be enjoyed by those interested in this great man.

Perfect for a cross-country airplane flight.
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