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Not a word wasted in this beautifully crafted starter biography,
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This is a wonderful starter biography on Churchill. At only 192 pages in length it still manages to provide a clear view of Churchill's life whilst whetting your appetite for more weighty tomes on the subject. Paul Johnson has written this book for the American market and, although he does not stint from criticising Churchill at times, it is very much a pro-Churchill work. That does not make it a poor read; it just means you know where the author stands on the subject. In fact, the biography is pretty remarakable in that it achieves so much in such little space. Johnson covers all stages of Winston Churchill's life, applying a broad brush approach at times but also focusing on key moments, including excerpts from Churchill's speeches or writings to provide illumination and depth where appropriate. The technique works very well and the result is a beautifully crafted short biography which I would recommend to anyone with even a remote interest in Churchill's life.