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3.0 out of 5 stars A book too far?, 20 Aug 2005
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This review is from: Churchill's Hour (Paperback)
I must be running out of steam because I really found this recent installment of Dobb's otherwise excellent historical fiction of Churchill both the dullest and most unbelievable. Perhaps Dobb's is running out of steam as well because the prose and pace are stale and stilted throughout.
My enduring memory of the book (and I only finished it seven days ago) is a procession of meals at which Churchills habits as a trencherman are given more prominence than the issue of his status as a beleagured Prime Minister trying by all means to entice the USA into the war as an ally of Great Britain.
The central thesis of the book (without giving anything away) does not suspend one's disbelief because there are so few scenes where Churchill is engaged with his War Cabinet or the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In several instances Churchill eagerly reads the papers or listens to the news to discover what is going on in the world. Come on! A control freak like Churchill would have had people coming and going at all times briefing him on every piece of minutiae that was going on. The image conveyed in the book is that of a man who is distant from both his responsibilities as a Prime Minister and a war leader.
There may be a grain of truth in this but to paint a picture where this is over emphasised makes the whole book unbelievable.
If you have read "Churchill's War" and "Never Surrender" then you will want to read this third installment. But let's all hope that Dobb's recovers his form to provide us with a cracking fourth installment or I will personally find my patience exhausted.
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