Short evaluative biography a celebration,
This review is from: Churchill (Hardcover)
In only 181 pages (Viking hardcover edition c.2009) the conservative historian Paul Johnson reviews Winston Churchill's (1874- 1965) life and career with evaluative strokes on almost every page. At the core is Churchill's belief in freedom and democracy. Churchill was born to lead. From an early age he cultivated his considerable talents in writing and public speaking. The author has a rare facility for placing before the reader Churchill's view of the world and the priorities he established for solving the problems. Churchill's energy is evident throughout whether rising to success or rising to come crashing down. Churchill's dead ends and failures are noted.
The period of Churchill's life, which the world will always remember, are the war years from 1940- 1945 when he was Prime Minister of Britain. How he saved Britain and his hand in reshaping the postwar world is beautifully covered in 31 pages. And the other 6 chapters of Churchill's personal and public life are also lovingly written with short quotes that illustrate Churchill's personality, humor and humanity.
The book is wonderfully readable for those with some knowledge of British history. Nitpickers may complain that there are no footnotes or end notes. But this is still a solid work beneath the glow of the author's joy in writing the history. This book includes 9 photographs of Churchill, personal recommendations for further reading and index.