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Hugely Informative and very readable in great chunks,
This review is from: Churchill: A Biography (Hardcover)Even at this late stage there is something to be added to our appreciation of WSC, Roy Jenkins has the perception to do so. Whatever view we may have formed of RJ as a politician- and I imply nothing by that-RJ as an author is enjoyable and one soon settles down to his style with it's many sharply observed asides which lets us in on political life. There are so many facets to WSC, many of them were perhaps not admirable but RJ takes them all in his stride with tolerance and understanding of some of the less succesful phases of WSC's career.
What strengthens the book are the many one-liners summarising the important politicians and other notable characters of the day pithily. It is so important to understand the context in which WSC operated.
This is a political biography with sufficient personal details to round out the character. We learn that the quarrels between WSC and son Randolph were legendary but we do not know the detail of them and do not need to.
I was reluctant to come to the end of the book.
Critiscism or errors? Very trivial. RJ is less than sure in handling some militarisms eg Rawlinson's Fourth Army was a headquarters formation and replaced Gough's Fifth Army headquarters after it took the brunt of the March 21st attack. Most of the front line units in the order of battle were lost, many of the other units came under command of Fourth Army, new units joined. Not quite the inpression RJ gives but it really does not matter and has no effect on the centrepiece of the book. Why mention it? because RJ 'compelled' me to pay attention to every word that he wrote.
I must read more Roy Jenkins and have ordered Gladstone