Churchill: Walking with Destiny (Hardback)
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Churchill: Walking with Destiny (Hardback)

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Hardback 1152 Pages / Published: 04/10/2018
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Acclaimed historian Andrew Roberts unmasks the man behind the icon in an exhaustive biography that the Sunday Times’ Dominic Sandbrook calls ‘the best single volume life of Churchill ever written.'

'Drawing on a vast range of resources, Andrew Roberts has produced the best single volume life of Churchill ever written.' - The Sunday Times

A magnificently fresh and unexpected biography of Churchill, by one of Britain's most acclaimed historians

Winston Churchill towers over every other figure in twentieth-century British history. By the time of his death at the age of 90 in 1965, many thought him to be the greatest man in the world. There have been over a thousand previous biographies of Churchill. Andrew Roberts now draws on over forty new sources, including the private diaries of King George VI, used in no previous Churchill biography to depict him more intimately and persuasively than any of its predecessors.

The book in no way conceals Churchill's faults and it allows the reader to appreciate his virtues and character in full: his titanic capacity for work (and drink), his ability see the big picture, his willingness to take risks and insistence on being where the action was, his good humour even in the most desperate circumstances, the breadth and strength of his friendships and his extraordinary propensity to burst into tears at unexpected moments.

Above all, it shows us the wellsprings of his personality - his lifelong desire to please his father (even long after his father's death) but aristocratic disdain for the opinions of almost everyone else, his love of the British Empire, his sense of history and its connection to the present.

During the Second World War, Churchill summoned a particular scientist to see him several times for technical advice. 'It was the same whenever we met', wrote the young man, 'I had a feeling of being recharged by a source of living power.' Harry Hopkins, President Roosevelt's emissary, wrote 'Wherever he was, there was a battlefront.' Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, Churchill's essential partner in strategy and most severe critic in private, wrote in his diary, 'I thank God I was given such an opportunity of working alongside such a man, and of having my eyes opened to the fact that occasionally such supermen exist on this earth.'

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241205631
Number of pages: 1152
Weight: 1480 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 53 mm


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'Roberts shows us Churchill's complexities, faults and rough edges as a biographer should. New readers should definitely start here.' - The Telegraph

'Drawing on a vast range of resources, Andrew Roberts has produced the best single volume life of Churchill ever written.' - The Sunday Times

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“Unequivocal?”

In your promotional email, you said: "The Times is unequivocal: 'The best biography of Winston ever written.’"

I don't know if that's true, as I haven't read the book. But I do have this... More

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“Five stars for a five star book by a five star historian”

ByRichard Cohen

I found it just as easy to read this biography as I do to read an essay by George Orwell because it is written with striking clarity and in a straightforward manner. I am not suggesting for one moment... More

Hardback edition
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“Where is Churchill's role in Colonialism? Where is the Bengal Famine? ”

The big faults of Churchill can't be told without consulting histories of the colonies.

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