- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 432 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 34mm | 422g
- Publication date: 5 July 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0857388347
- ISBN 13: 9780857388346
- Sales rank: 13,646
Winston Churchill attracted far more criticism alive than he has since his death. He was, according to Evelyn Waugh, 'always in the wrong, surrounded by crooks, a terrible father, a radio personality'. Whatever one's view of 'the greatest Briton', and despite the best efforts of an army of writers who have penned portraits of him, Winston Churchill remains splendidly unreduced. In this new biography Ashley Jackson describes the contours of Winston Churchill's remarkable life and political career, and gives a sense of the man behind the dark eyes and bulldog features. From Cabinet outcast to the greatest war leader ever, this is the eternally fascinating story of Winston Churchill's appointment with destiny.
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Ashley Jackson is Professor of Imperial and Military History at King's College, London. He completed his doctorate at New College, Oxford in 1996. His research concentrates on the history of empire, particularly the British Empire. He lives in Oxford.
'A pleasure to read' Daily Express. 'succinct and and even-handed study' Times Literary Supplement. 'A beautifully written account that runs efficiently and with confidence over the full course of Churchill's career ... warmly recommended' BBC History Magazine. 'The best medium-length Churchill biography now available' Finest Hour: The Winston Churchill Journal. 'beautifully written ... Ashley Jackson manages to convey the drama and fun that surrounded the great man' Daily Express. 'Packs a terrific punch and succeeds in keeping its mercurial subject sharply in focus' Mail on Sunday.
Table of contents
Introduction. Landscape for a Lifetime: Winston, Woodstock and Oxfordshire. Cadet to Frontier Soldier: Warrior and Writer. Pundit and Politician: A Rising Star. High Office: War on Land and Sea. Home and Colonial: New Nations, Strikes and Gold. Man of Kent: A Frenzied Unemployment. War Machine: The Management of Global Conflict. A Higher Vision: Post-war Government and a Changing World. Symbol of the Nation. Epilogue. Further Reading. Notes. Acknowledgements. Picture Credits. Index.