A Life

Book - 1991 | 1st American ed.
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Martin Gilbert's highly-acclaimed "Churchill: A Life" is a story of adventure. It follows Winston Churchill from his earliest days to his moments of triumph. Here, the drama and excitement of his story are ever-present, as are his tremendous qualities in peace and war, not least as an orator and as a man of vision. Gilbert gives us a vivid portrait, using Churchill's most personal letters and the recollections of his contemporaries, both friends and enemies, to go behind the scenes of some of the stormiest and most fascinating political events of our time, dominated by two world wars and culminating in the era of the Iron Curtain.
Publisher: New York : Holt, 1991.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780805006155
Branch Call Number: 941.084 C563g4
Characteristics: xxii, 1066 p. : ill., ports., maps.


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Jun 28, 2018

Not very readable, highly biased and doesn’t come off as terribly reliable. One must give it credit for assembling a lot of information and putting it in some sort of shape. Then again, Churchill certainly led an interesting life. There were long passages of what I considered mindless tedium interspersed with really interesting parts where amazing things happen.

The Gallipoli episode was carefully written and persuasive to the effect that W. C. was not responsible for it becoming a disaster. On the other hand, the author happened to forget to mention that the Anzio landing was Churchill’s idea.

In spite of “Life’s” worshipful slant, I get the impression that W. C. alternated between brilliant and baffled. But he wasn’t descended from the first Duke of Marlborough as is claimed on page 1. (The First Duke died childless.)

Incredibly, this is a condensation of an eight-volume original. I reckon three people read it: one suicide, one in the madhouse and one PM of England.

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