Churchill: The Unexpected Hero [NOOK Book]

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During the Second World War, Winston Churchill won two resounding victories. The first was a victory over Nazi Germany, the second a victory over the legion of sceptics who had derided his judgement, denied his claims to greatness, and excluded him from high office on the grounds that he was sure to be a danger to King and Country. In this incisive biography, Paul Addison examines both the life of the most iconic figure in twentieth-century British history, and also the battle ...
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Overview

During the Second World War, Winston Churchill won two resounding victories. The first was a victory over Nazi Germany, the second a victory over the legion of sceptics who had derided his judgement, denied his claims to greatness, and excluded him from high office on the grounds that he was sure to be a danger to King and Country. In this incisive biography, Paul Addison examines both the life of the most iconic figure in twentieth-century British history, and also the battle over
his reputation, which continues to this day. - ;During the Second World War, Winston Churchill won two resounding victories. The first was a victory over Nazi Germany, the second a victory over the legion of sceptics who had derided his judgement, denied his claims to greatness, and excluded him from high office on the grounds that he was sure to be a danger to King and Country.

Churchill was the only British politician of the twentieth century to become an enduring national hero. The curious thing is that it happened at the age of 65, at a time when he was considered to be a spent force, with a track-record of disastrous decisions. All but the most hostile of his adversaries conceded that he possessed great abilities, remarkable eloquence, and a streak of genius. But it was almost universally agreed that he was a shameless egotist, an opportunist without principles or
convictions, an unreliable colleague, an erratic policy-maker who lacked judgement, and a reckless amateur strategist with a dangerous passion for war and bloodshed. At one time or another in his career, he had offended every party and faction in the land, yet despite this he became the embodiment
of national unity, an uncrowned king who threatened to eclipse the monarchy.

In this incisive new biography, Paul Addison tells the story of Churchill's life in parallel with the history of his reputation. He seeks to explain why Churchill was transformed into a national hero, and why his heroic status has endured ever since in spite of the attempts of iconoclasts to debunk him. He argues that we are now in a position to reach beyond the mythology - both positive and negative - to see the real Winston Churchill, a warrior-statesman whose qualities were remarkably
consistent through all the vicissitudes of his career. - ;...this volume is ideal as a very short introduction to a very big man. - David Reynolds, The English Historical Review;Addison's book could be read with profit and enjoyment by anyone interested in modern history - The Independent

"In this incisive biography, Paul Addison examines both the life of the most iconic figure in twentieth-century Bristish history, and the battle over his reputation, which continues to this day."--Jacket.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191608575
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, UK
  • Publication date: 1/13/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 478,400
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Paul Addison teaches history at the University of Edinburgh. An authority on modern British history, he is the author of Churchill on the Home Front and The Road to 1945: British Politics and the Second World War.

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Table of Contents

1 The youngest man in Europe, 1874-1901 7
2 The renegade, 1901-1911 29
3 The Lilliput Napoleon, 1911-1915 57
4 The Winstonburg line, 1915-1924 82
5 Respectability won and lost, 1924-1939 112
6 The making of a hero, 1939-1945 153
7 Climbing Olympus, 1945-1965 216
8 Churchill past and present 246
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2005

    Good Intro to Winston Churchill

    The objective of this book appears to be a summary look at Churchill's life and an impartial review of his legendary status. The author, Paul Addison, does a decent job of both. I believe Mr. Addison accomplishes a third objective also. He leaves the reader hungry for a greater, more in-depth book regarding its subject.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Neither Hagiography nor Hatchet-Job

    A really insightful interpretive biography--one can learn more of real value from this brief volume than from many much longer biographies. The author discusses Churchill's strengths and weaknesses with economy and fairness.

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