Churchill was an extraordinary figure. There has never been anyone quite like him, and inevitably legends have accumulated. How can he be treated both realistically and fairly after so much has been written about his controversial career by himself and others? This is a fresh look at Churchill and his role in twentieth-century history. Each of the authors in this book is an authority on at least one aspect of Churchill's life. The result is a fascinating interplay of ideas about his policies and motives. Some of it is critical and unflattering. Even the greatest of statesmen can make mistakes and misjudgements, and Churchill was at the centre of the political scene for more that half a century. Yet he emerges with both his integrity and his greatness intact. His achievement seems as remarkable as ever. The picture that is drawn by this lively and readable study is of an astonishing personality with some flaws but also with immense strengths. The book provides a fuller understanding of how Churchill came to be, in A.J.P. Taylor's words, `the saviour of his nation'.
`his greatness emerges intact. It is both the best book and the best value' Crossbow `quite brillant' Peter Grosvenor, Daily Express `[includes] almost every eminent Churchill scholar ... The result is the most important contribution to Churchilliana since Martin Gilbert's offical life - it deserves to be placed on the bookselves of every serious Churchill enthusiast' Andrew Roberts The Times `elegantly written and entertaining summaries of the debate ... The sheer range of topics covered reminds us how remarkable was the length of Churchill's career in high office' Richard Overy, Observer `Those who revere Churchill as Britain's greatest statesman will enjoy these essays ... written by an impressive team of 29 historians' Richard Lamb, Spectator `about as objective as we are likely to find in this imperfect world' Godfrey Smith, Sunday Times `the contributors' list amounts to almost a full platoon of historians of wide reputation at least, with a good many ranking the full three stars' Edward Luttwak, LRB `a glittering collection of essays by a distinguished cast of historians ... guaranteed to be scholarly bestseller. There is hardly a contribution that does not contain a golden nuggest or a suggestive idea. This deconstruction of Churchill's political life is revisionist history at its best' Zara Steiner, Financal Times `The high and low points of Churchill's career are well delingated in this volume' Martin Gilbert, Sunday Telegraph 'both a refreshing and fascinating new approach to the greatest figure in 20th century history ... At the end of it all Churchill emerges perhaps a flawed personality but with his achievement greater than ever. It will be some time before the Churchill revisionists can put together a line-up like this.' Reg Little, Oxford Times 'This book provides a full and well-considered study of a great English statesman.' This England 'Almost every Churchill scholar of note has contributed to this glittering collection of essays.' Sunday Telegraph 'The essays are perceptive, many by experts in their fields ... and the scholarly apparatus is impressive.' The Observer 'the various essayists brought together by Blake and Louis ... provide a more complex and plausible account of his military career than that produced either by Churchill himself or his detractors ... comprehensive coverage ... It is a common criticism of essay collections that individual essays vary in quality ... it is a testimony both to the individual contributors and to the editors that this is one of the most satisfying examples of the genre.' E.H.H. Green, University of Reading, Parliamentary History, Vol. 13, pt 3 (1994)
Number Of Pages: 598
Published: 29th February 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.95