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Masterfully researched book
on 20 February 2002
I thought long how to describe this book as it covers unbelievingly wide range: from the Churchill's fascinating personality, his approach to various problems during all important periods of his life, to masterful description of the most important events of the first half of the 20th century, both political and military. Development of secret services, relations among them and towards Churchill add to the extraordinary extent of this work.
Though having read the book I haven't understood how Mr. Stafford managed to put so many facts in one book only, even more to write it in so vivid way. (Just to illustrate the extent of the work - only bibliography covers unbelievable 17 pages!).
I have been interested in the 20th century history (especially the WWII period) since being a boy and I have to admit this is the best book I've read about the topic. It is definitely "the must" for every scholar or fan of the modern history, Churchill's personality, secret services' history or World War II.