This is a first class biography and a must read for anyone interetsted in Chruchill, human conflict, leadership, or the social history of the UK and its empire. It is also a story of a dysfunctional family who's lineage produced probably the geatest leader of the 20th century. He was a man of his times, from childish and arrogant to bullish and brave. The book is very well written and easy to digest, the author does not make value judgements but presents the facts with assurance, offers intrepretations, with logical assumptions based on solid academic research. Whilst this is an excellent reference book it is also the story of probably the last Great Briton to reflect what this country stood for, and some of it was'nt all that good. But also how an era ended in such tragic loss of life with 2 global conflicts that reverberate today. Also if you want to understand 21st century relationships with the middle east, Iran - Iraq, with muslim fundamentalism, African relationships, European suspicions and much more, read this and discover the roots of many modern problems.
I remember Churchills funeral and the national mourning that surrounded it. This book tells me why a country, and the greatest empire ever assembled came to a standstill when when he died.
This is a first class piece of work that is thoroughly enjoyable to read whilst heartbreaking to absorb. I have not read d'Este before but I will certainly find his previous work.