Churchill: An Unruly Life

Churchill: An Unruly Life

by Norman Rose


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Winston Churchill (1874-1965) is often proclaimed as the greatest Briton in history and one of the world's eminent leaders. Born into a dazzling political family, Churchill was awkward and eccentric as a young man but flourished in the army, where he served in the North West Frontier, Sudan and during the Second Boer War as a successful war correspondent. As a politician he was brash and petulant, but succeeded in holding most of the major offices of state, acting as Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer as well as First Lord of the Admiralty and Secretary of State for War. On the resignation of Neville Chamberlain in 1940, Churchill became Prime Minister and led Britain through one of its darkest moments. Charismatic and adventurous, egotistical, visionary and unconventional, Churchill was an enigma. Achild of his time, his paradoxical lifespanned two world wars and the rise and fall of the Victorian British Empire. His death marked the end of a British era. In this, the definitive biography, Norman Rose brilliantly illuminates the man behind the myth, producing a fresh, balanced, and incisive portrait of an extraordinary life and the legacy that remains undimmed to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845118631
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/15/2009
Series: Tauris Parke Paperbacks Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Norman Rose was born and educated in England. He is Professor of International Relations at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he is also the author of an acclaimed biography of Chaim Weizmann.

Table of Contents

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New preface by the author


1. 'The Boy is Wonderfully Pretty'

2. Becoming Educated

3. In Pursuit of Fame

4. "I am an English Liberal. I hate the Tory Party"

5. Radical Politics

6. 'The Biggest Thing that has ever come my way

7. A Water Creature

8. 'God Bless the Dardanelles'

9. Eclipse

10. Fighting Bolshevism

11. Running the Empire

12. 'I will make you the Golden Chancellor'

13. Squandering the Treasure

14. Private Diversions

15. An Independent Voice

16. "What Price Churchill?"

17. His Finest Hour

18. Standing Alone

19. Grand Strategy

20. "Advance Britannia!" The Great Commoner


Notes and References



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mrwalker More than 1 year ago
If you already know something of Churchill’s life and times, and you want to know more, this book is a worthwhile next step. It’s not bad as an introduction to the man, but much of it assumes that the reader is already familiar with the characters and the events. If the names Halifax, Ismay, and Lloyd George mean anything to you, and if you know the rough outline of events between 1938 and 1940, then this book will help you weave the characters and events into a comprehensible whole. For example, the book gives interesting background about how and why the British government acted during the series of crisis leading up to World War II, but it assumes that the reader already knows the events surrounding the Nazi takeover of Eastern Europe. The book deals mainly with politics and war, and much less with Churchill’s personal life. Don’t look for a psychological analysis here. And if you hope to ever really understand Churchill, well, lots of luck--but not because this biography falls short. The book shines daylight on the mythical Churchill, shows his infuriating shortcomings and his bewildering complexity. Don’t worry, if you love Sir Winston Churchill, you will still love him after reading this book. And the same goes if you hate him (yes, many did). In either case, you will end up with a clearer picture of him, a flawed human who, nonetheless seems to have been molded to become the man who would break Hitler.