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  • 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)
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Richard Freeman has written several history books including The Great Edwardian Naval Feud and Admiral Insubordinate.

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Freeman's biography of Churchill during this period that was crucial, both in Churchill's career and in British history, is lucid, clear and informative.

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.
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Surprising as it may seem this is the only scholarly text reviewing Winston Churchill's entire career during the First World War. It is elegantly written, fair and balanced in it's judgements on both men and affairs. Churchill comes out of it as being second only to Lloyd-George in his efforts to bring victory to his country and in saving Europe from German domination as he was to do- on a much more impressive scale - twenty five years later. A wonderful addition to anyone's collection of books about Winston Churchill. A delight to read.
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2014
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Politics is a dirty business and history doesn't always tell the truth. The author of this book set out to prove that the Dardanelles debacle in the First World War was not Churchill's fault, and that the history was written by the Tory party, bitter at his switching from Tory to Liberal in 1904. If this book is correct, it seems at the very least that other people were primarily to blame for the Dardanelles debacle. As for the Tories being to blame for the history, that would seem perfectly reasonable except that Churchill returned to the Tories in the 1920s and one might have expected the Tories, if they were originally to blame, to correct the history at some point thereafter, especially given later events. Surely they wouldn't want the great Second World War leader to be tainted forever by the Dardanelles debacle in the First World War, if he were completely blameless?

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.
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To my knowledge this is the first and only book to focus solely on Churchill's roll in The Great War.

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.
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