Dr Andrew Norman's WINSTON CHURCHILL - Portrait of An Unquiet Mind provides the first ever psychological study of Churchill's personality from childhood, through troubled school years and into adulthood. Dr Norman puts Churchill under the microscope as never before. The recurring theme is one of insecurity, begun at St George's public school where Winston's confidence at age just 8 years was undermined by thrashings from the headmaster. It would be years before Churchill would gain total confidence in himself but he rose to the occasion during the Second World War working a 120-hour week. As war time Prime Minister there was no sign of his infamous 'Black Dogs' of depression about him. Churchill addressed himself entirely to the administration and conduct of war, securing success and democracy for the western world. The insecure little boy would rise to become a world leader unsurpassed in our time. This is an excellent book, well written and produced and impeccably sourced and researched. All Churchill followers will consider it a must for their collections. Celia Lee
This is such an interesting book,It goes through Sir Winston's life with a psychological tint but this is not a heavy brush with which Dr Norman paints his picture.It is very readable.
It develops Sir Winston's personality as he goes through his life from childhood to death,discussing amongst other things "formative years",the deaths of his father and his beloved Nanny,meeting Clementine ( a lovely chapter entitled "Romance-Marriage" ), in and out of the government and of course the "war years" and after.
Chapter 25 "How Winston's workload and lifestyle took their toll" is revealing and relies on material published by Sir Winston's doctor,Lord Moran appointed as such on 10th May 1940 when Sir Winston became PM and with him thereafter.
Highly recommended for all admirers of the great man
For someone fairly familiar with Winston Churchill's history this book offers not much new. It is an easy read and only has a few pages regarding 'the true nature of Winston's disorder'. 13,5 pages in the Appendix are, however, titled 'Opinion of Dr John H. Mather as to the cause of Lord Randolph Churchill's death and the author's response'! It is difficult to see how that concerns 'the true nature of Winston's disorder'. 5,5 other pages (out of totally 249) are, in comparison, reserved for the 'diagnosis' of Winston, about whom the book is actually written. So much for the book's and author's 'medical angle'.