Churchill: A Study in Greatness

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Winston Churchill's inspiring leadership in the Second World War once put him above criticism. In recent years his record has come under attack. In Churchill: A Study in Greatness, one of Britain's most distinguished historians makes sense of this extraordinary man and his long, controversial, colourful, contradictory and heroic career. What was at the heart of him? Was he a romantic or a realist? How central was his part in Britain's survival and in the defeat of Hitler? Geoffrey Best brings out both his ...
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Overview

Winston Churchill's inspiring leadership in the Second World War once put him above criticism. In recent years his record has come under attack. In Churchill: A Study in Greatness, one of Britain's most distinguished historians makes sense of this extraordinary man and his long, controversial, colourful, contradictory and heroic career. What was at the heart of him? Was he a romantic or a realist? How central was his part in Britain's survival and in the defeat of Hitler? Geoffrey Best brings out both his strengths and his weaknesses, looking past the many received versions of Churchill in a biography that balances the private and the public man and offers a fresh insight into his character.
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Editorial Reviews

Churchill
I should have made nothing if I had not made mistakes.
Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review
A study of character, rather than an encyclopedic biography, but there is little that is missing; and it is superbly written.
LA Times Sunday Book Review
A study of character, rather than an encyclopedic biography, but there is little that is missing; and it is superbly written.
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"a rich portrait, presenting the man's great virtues and small vices in the right proportions and restoring him to his proper place as a giant of the twentiet century." –W. F. Deedes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195161397
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 388,474
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Best is the author of Mid-Victorian Britain, Humanity in Warfare and War and Law since 1945.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations \ Prologue \ 1. Unwillingly to School \ 2. Willingly to War \ 3. Clementine and the Commons \ 4. Board of Trade and Home Office \ 5. First Lord of the Admiralty \ 6. The Dardanelles \ 7. Recovery \ 8. Bolsheviks and Irishmen \ 9. Eastern Questions \ 10. Tory Chancellor \ 11. Empire and India \ 12. Chartwell and Hitler \ 13. 'Winston is Back!' \ 14. His Finest Hour \ 15. Democratic Warlord \ 16. 'Action This Day' \ 17. America and Roosevelt \ 18. Special Operations and Bombing Offensive \ 19. France and de Gaulle \ 20. Russia and Stalin \ 21. Victory Overcast \ 22. Iron Curtain \ 23. Summitry and the Bomb \ 24. Returban to Downing Street \ 25. Sunset and Nightfall \ 26. Epilogue \ Notes \ Bibliography \ Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    Churchill: A Cogent Inspiration to Future Leaders

    Geoffrey Best has realized an impressive tour de force in concisely narrating the life of Winston Churchill in less than 350 pages. Best excels at making a cogent analysis of Churchill¿s strengths and weaknesses. Churchill knew early on that he was called to great things and made his best to make it happen. Churchill¿s road to destiny was not straightforward in part because of his own personality. ¿Churchill: A Study in Greatness¿ is an invitation to know more about an exceptional man who stands out in world history while most of his critics and detractors have sunk into total oblivion.

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