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Churchill Hardcover – 7 Jul 2011
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'A pleasure to read' Daily Express. (Daily Express)
'a beautifully written account ... this book is to be warmly recommended' BBC History Magazine. (BBC History Magazine)
'It deserves to be ranked among the best biographies of Britain's best prime minister' The Winston Churchill Journal. (Winston Churchill Journal)
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Winston Churchill attracted far more criticism alive than he has since his death. He was, according to Evelyn Waugh, 'always in the wrong, surrounded by crooks, a terrible father, a radio personality'. To others, he was the saviour of the nation, even of Western civilization, 'the greatest Briton' who ever lived. Whatever one's view, Winston Churchill remains splendidly unreduced. He also remains enormous fun - a cartoonist's and caricaturist's dream on the one hand, one of the most powerful and successful statesmen in modern history on the other.
Globally famed for his role as a leader during the Second World War, this study resists the temptation to conflate Churchill's post-war career with Britain's demise on the international stage. Nor does it endorse the notion that Churchill became an anachronism as he lived and continued to work, at a prodigious rate, through his seventies and eighties.
As well as being Britain's most celebrated politician and war leader, Winston Churchill was a Nobel Prize-winning author. He was one of the most prolific writers of his age and his accounts of the momentous events through which he lived have indelibly marked the way in which modern British history has been conceptualized. Uniquely endowed with talent, energy and determination, Winston Churchill was, as a close wartime colleague put it, 'unlike anyone you have ever met before'.
Ashley Jackson describes the contours and contradictions of Churchill's remarkable life and career as a solider, politician, historian, journalist, painter, amateur farmer and homemaker. From thrusting subaltern to high-flying politician, Cabinet outcast to elder statesman, this is the eternally fascinating story of Winston Churchill's appointment with destiny.
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This biography attempts to convey not only historical facts and speeches but also to give a sense of who Winston was a person. It strikes a balance between super-human larger than life image and the portrait painted by critics of Churchill. It covers his whole life, however no book will ever be able to fully describe 90 years in one of the most turbulent centuries.
I would consider this biography as a great introduction to W. Churchill with significant amount of details (Not a primer) and a fascinating insights into the life of a genius. Once you read it at the end there are suggestions for further study related to particular aspects of Churchill's life which offers a chance to investigate a particular area of interest.
I thought that I already knew quite a lot about the life of Winston Churchill but this book filled in a lot of the gaps.
I found it very interesting and very easy to read. It was the sort of book that kept the interest going and I found it hard to put down.
A good, interesting overview of the life of Winston Churchill, recommended reading.
He was the bad boy as his style was dictatorial but that is the way of command.That others did not have the macro view and foresight that he had did not help either as they could not bring themselves to believe in "the impossible". He engineered the Americans into the Second World War and when they became dominant following the end they arrogantly ignored him To the Worlds detriment. Read and enjoy.
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No one book on Churchill can tell all the story, but this one gave at least some enlightenment.