How Churchill make so many costly mistakes and still be the greatest English politician of the 20th century? This book goes a long way to answer this whilst being generally a good read. RJ unveils the story with judgement and balance and obviously has a good mastery of the source material. However, there are niggles related to unecessary use of obscure vocabulary and foriegn phrases that will narrow its appeal. Also he assumes more historical background knowledge than I think is reasonable, for example he neglects to overview the Dardenelles fiasco sufficiently even though this was crucial to Churchill's early career. Also we are constantly reminded that it is RJ telling the story which comes over as self aggrandisement. This is epitomised in the last paragraph of the book when RJ grandly tells us that, having written this book, he now rates WSC higher than Gladstone. There is no analysis to back up this assertion and we are expected to accept it as a nugget of wisdom generously handed to us by the esteemed author. Still, its essential reading fans of political biography and I would not hesitate to recommend it with the above caveats.