- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Spellmount (1 Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752498894
- ISBN-13: 978-0752498898
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 900,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
'Unsinkable': Churchill and the First World War Hardcover – 1 Oct 2013
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About the Author
Richard Freeman has written several history books including The Great Edwardian Naval Feud and Admiral Insubordinate.
Top Customer Reviews
I was surprised to discover that the popular view (that Churchill was responsible for the disaster of Gallipoli) is wrong both in the sense that it wasn't really a disaster (at least not compared to the loss of life on the Western Front) and that it would almost certainly have turned out differently if Churchill had got his way. This, and many other commonly held presuppositions about the man and his work, are comprehensively demolished by Freeman. Nevertheless he is no Churchill apologist, drawing attention to his egotism, follies and errors.
On a couple of occasions there are minor unnecessary repetitions of material already covered but these do not detract from its overall excellence. A solid 5 stars.
Leaving aside the blame issues, this book gives a fascinating account of Churchill's career just before and during the First World War. He started the war as the minister in Asquith's Liberal government responsible for the navy, which at that time was apparently Britain's strongest military force. Aeroplanes were in their infancy but those that were available were mostly assigned to the navy rather than the army. The Dardanelles debacle happened in 1915. Asquith was soon forced to go into coalition with the Tories, at which point Churchill lost his government job, no doubt as a consequence of the Dardanelles debacle. (Even in modern politics, government ministers sometimes resign over things that happen in their areas of responsibility, whether or not they are personally responsible. When Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in 1982, Britain's defence minister resigned.Read more ›
Very well written and truely fascinating account of Churchill's time as first lord of the admiralty.
I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in Churchill or naval history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another intriguing book from the pen of Richard Freeman. Keeps the reader interested right to the end.
Richard always seems to tease out facts other writers have missed. Read more
A very insightful book drawing on information that I haven't come across in other books dealing with Churchill.
Very well researched and well written.