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on 5 January 2012
I imagine that scores - possibly even hundreds - of books have been written about Churchill but for anybody who holds Churchill in the highest esteem - as I do - this is the perfect book with which to start to chart his life. Professor Jackson has researched his subject thoroughly and then has cut right to the bone. He has dealt with the man himself and those who aided him: Squadron-Leader Torr Anderson and Ralph Wigram, who assisted Churchill tremendously with details of pre-war aircraft manufacture (RAF with the former, Luftwaffe, the latter) don't get a look-in; and neither does his loyal secretary, Mrs. Violet Pearman - the devoted `Mrs. P'.
But it really doesn't matter; details of those (and many of Churchill's other faithful followers) can be found in other books: the rather wordy and overlong (double the size of this tome) book by Roy Jenkins and the excellent works by Martin Gilbert.
Not only does Professor Jackson concentrate on Churchill's life, from birth to death, he concisely explains the decisions made by Churchill and his contemporaries and how they affected him and world affairs. More than anything else, this book is extremely well-written; the author knows how to grip a reader's attention.
The book's puff states: `This is the eternally fascinating story of Winston Churchill's appointment with destiny'. It is.