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"Far and away Churchill's best one-volume biography."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. From acclaimed historian Roy Jenkins, a comprehensive portrait of Winston Churchill, an icon of modern history, from his childhood to the critical World War II period and beyond, in this definitive volume. A member of the House of Lords, Jenkins combines unparalleled command of British political history and his own high-level government experience 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. Exceptional in its breadth of knowledge and distinguished in its stylish wit and penetrating intelligence, Churchill is one of the finest political biographies of our time. "Wryly astute... shrewd."--The Washington Post "Jenkins catches Churchill's studied self-inspection with the sure-shot sharpness of an expert portraitist."--Simon Schama, The New York Review of Books "Churchill stands forth with Shakespearean bravura as the necessary hero for the most testing moment of national (and world) crisis. A satisfying summation of an unsurpassed life."--The San Diego Union-Tribuneshow more

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  • Paperback | 1024 pages
  • 147.32 x 228.6 x 43.18mm | 1,111.3g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • India
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0452283523
  • 9780452283527
  • 584,357

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"From Roy Jenkins''s masterly biography, we emerge marveling at the manifold gifts that informed Churchill''s genius for leadership." --Harold Evans in the New York Times Book Review"One might wonder whether anything fresh remains to be said about Winston Churchill, but Roy Jenkins uniquely combines the skills of a master biographer with the insights of a practical politician and draws a fresh portrait of the great Englishman with authority, elegance, and wit. This is far and away Churchill''s best one-volume biography." --Arthur Schlesinger, Jr."This is a splendid addition to Churchillian lore, a chronicle full of revealing personal anecdotes, delightful wartime vignettes, and fascinating new insights into the critical 1939-1945 years." --Milwaukee Journal-Sentinelshow more

About Roy Jenkins

Roy Jenkins was the author of 18 books, including Gladstone, which won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Active in British politics for half a century, he entered the House of Commons in 1948 and subsequently served as Minister of Aviation, Home Secretary, and Chancellor of the Exchequer; he was also the President of the European Commission and Chancellor of Oxford University. He died in more

Table of contents

List of Illustrations Preface Glossary of Parliamentary Terms PART ONE A Brash Young Man 1874-1908         1. A Doubtful Provenance     2. Subaltern of Empire and Journalist of Opportunity     3. Oldham and South Africa     4. Tory into Liberal     5. Convert into Minister     6. An Upwardly Mobile Under-Secretary PART TWO The Glow-worm Glows: The Morning was Golden 1908-1914         7. Two Hustings and an Altar     8. The Sorcerer's Apprentice at the Board of Trade     9. A Young Home Secretary     10. From Prisons to Warships     11. ‘The Ruler of the King's Navee’     12. Churchill in Asquithland PART THREE The Noontide was Bronze 1914-1918         13. A Flailing First Lord     14. Last Months at the Admiralty     15. Finished at Forty?     16. An Improbable Colonel and a Misjudged Re-entry     17. Lloyd George's Ambulance Wagon Arrives a Little Late     18. Making the Most of Munitions PART FOUR Hesitant Afternoon Sunshine 1919-1939          19. Anti-Bolshevik Crusader and Irish Peacemaker     20. A Politician without a Party or a Seat     21. Gold and Strikes     22. A Relentless Writer     23. Cuckoo out of the Nest     24. Unwisdom in the Wilderness     25. An Early Alarm Clock     26. Arms and the Covenant     27. From the Abdication to Munich     28. The Last Year of the Peace PART FIVE The Saviour of his Country and the Light of the World? 1939-1945          29. Quiet War with Germany and Uneasy Peace with Chamberlain     30. Through Disaster in the Fjords to Triumph in Downing Street     31. Twenty-One Days in May     32. The Terrible Beauty of the Summer of 1940     33. The Battle of Britain and the Beginning of the Blitz     34. No Longer Alone     35. The Anglo-American Marriage Ceremony     36. The Hinge Year     37. 1943: From Casablanca to Teheran     38. The Return to France     39. The Beginning of the End     40. Victory in Europe and Defeat in Britain PART SIX Was the Evening Leaden? 1945-1965          41. ‘The English Patient’     42. Two Elections and a Resurrection     43. A Consensual Government     44. ‘An Aeroplane ... with the Petrol Running Out’     45. A Celebration and a Last Exit     46. The Sun Sinks Slow, How Slowly References Select Bibliography Indexshow more

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