A Biography

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Baker & Taylor
Filled with humor, intelligence, and knowledge, a powerful glimpse into the extraordinary life of Britain's greatest modern prime minister and icon of modern history recreates his many accomplishments, trials, and tribulations, both personal and political, throughout his life that contributed to his great success as an invaluable leader. 30,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
A brilliant new life of Britain's greatest modern prime minister

Winston Churchill is an icon of modern history, but even though he was at the forefront of the political scene for almost sixty years, he might be remembered only as a minor player in the drama of British government had it not been for World War II. In this magesterial book, Roy Jenkin's unparalleled command of the political history of Britain and his own high-level experience combine in a narrative account of Churchill's astounding career that is unmatched in its shrewd insights, its unforgettable anecdotes, the clarity of its overarching themes, and the author's nuanced appreciation of his extraordinary subject.

From a very young age, Churchill believed he was destined to play a great role in the life of his nation, and he determined to prepare himself. Jenkins shows in fascinating detail how Churchill educated himself for greatness, how he worked out his livelihood (writing) as well as his professional life (politics), how he situated himself at every major site or moment in British imperial and governmental life. His parliamentary career was like no other - with its changes of allegiance (from the Conservative to the Liberal and back to the Conservative Party), its troughs and humiliations, its triumphs and peaks - and for decades almost no one besides his wife discerned the greatness to come. Jenkins effortlessly evokes the spirit of Westminster through all these decades, especially the crisis years of the late 1930s and the terrifying 1940s, when at last it was clear how vital Churchill was to the very survival of England. He evaluates Churchill's other accomplishments, his writings, with equal authority.

Exceptional in its breadth of knowledge and distinguished in its stylish wit and penetrating intelligence, this is one of the finest political biographies of our time.

Book News
This biography takes the perspective that Churchill always believed he was destined for greatness, and thus, throughout his life, positioned himself in his careers, writing and politics, and in his proximity to the most important people and events in British governmental life to assure he would be prepared for the moment he would be in charge. Jenkins, who has published 18 books and is currently President of the Royal Society of Literature, incorporates many humorous anecdotal moments in his evaluation of this oft heralded political giant. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Provides a glimpse into the extraordinary life of Britain's greatest prime minister, recreating his many accomplishments, trials, and tribulations throughout his life that contributed to his success.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2001
ISBN: 9780374123543
Characteristics: xxi, 1002 p., [40] p. of ill. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm


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Mar 28, 2017

A well researched, honest presentation of an icon. Though, you will need a dictionary close at hand as the author writes to a very high level.


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