Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

By (author) Robert Blake

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Winston Churchill is probably still the best-known Prime Minister of Great Britain. Born at Blenheim Palace, he joined the army after Harrow, but in 1899 resigned his commission to report on the Boer War. Elected to Parliament in 1900, he served in both Conservative and Liberal governments, and became Chancellor of the Exchequer under Baldwin. A period in the political wilderness was ended by the declaration of world War II and his appointment to the Admiralty; after Chamberlain's resignation in 1940 he led a coalition government. He worked closely with Roosevelt and to a lesser degree with Stalin throughout the war. He lost the election of 1945 but became Prime Minister again from 1951 to 1955. His last years saw a return to writing, including his memoirs of World War II.

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 128.5 x 197.4 x 11.4mm | 153.58g
  • 20 Aug 1998
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Sutton Publishing Ltd
  • Stroud
  • English
  • 8pp b&w illustrations, chronology, bibliography
  • 0750915072
  • 9780750915076
  • 115,496

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Churchill, the great hero of World War II, had a fascinating history - and the author pulls no punches in revealing his failings as well as his merits. His failings included an inglorious youth and a less-than-successful career at the Home Office and Admiralty (though he was adored by the navy); his merits included a charisma which enabled him to emerge as one of the great war leaders of history, despite continued fallibility in many areas of government and an inability to understand why ordering the bombing of Dresden or alleging that Mr Attlee would establish a Gestapo state in England were less than admirable. An excellent, short biography. (Kirkus UK)

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