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Adopting the technique Lytton Strachey pioneered in Eminent Victorians, Roberts produces a new and often uncomfortable portrait of those who, once they were certain Churchill was in the ascendant, hitched themselves to his star and then attempted to guide it for their own political ends. Roberts' revelations include the case for the impeachment of Lord Mountbatten; the Nazi sympathies of Sir Arthur Bryant; hitherto considered a 'patriotic' historian; the British Establishment's doubt and half-heartedness about ...
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Adopting the technique Lytton Strachey pioneered in Eminent Victorians, Roberts produces a new and often uncomfortable portrait of those who, once they were certain Churchill was in the ascendant, hitched themselves to his star and then attempted to guide it for their own political ends. Roberts' revelations include the case for the impeachment of Lord Mountbatten; the Nazi sympathies of Sir Arthur Bryant; hitherto considered a 'patriotic' historian; the British Establishment's doubt and half-heartedness about Churchill's role after Dunkirk; the appeasement of the trade unions in Churchill's Indian summer; the inside story of black immigration in the early 1950s; and the anti-Churchill stance adopted by the royal family in 1940.

A bestseller that's causing a scandal in Britain, this defiantly revisionist history of the Churchillian era paints a new and often uncomfortable portrait of those who, once they were certain Winston Churchill was in the ascendant, hitched themselves to his star. 8 pages of photos.

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A bestseller in Britain, Roberts's slashing and unsettling reappraisal of key figures in Britain of the period 1940-55 portrays Winston Churchill as a profound, unrepentant racist and white supremacist, even by the standards of his time. Roberts ponders the irony that Churchill's government, because of liberal guilt and postwar fatigue, made no move to limit immigration; the results, he argues, were the imposition of a multiracial society upon an unwilling nation and reliance on low-wage labor, which slowed the drive for greater industrial productivity. The Conservative party hierarchy, Roberts shows, fought an undeclared war against Churchill, privately airing doubts about his leadership even during critical moments such as the Battle of Britain. Lord Louis Mountbatten, in Roberts's scathing profile, was a mendacious hustler whose negligence and incompetence caused many deaths in WWII and contributed to the bloodshed attending India's partition. Also profiled with acid wit are King George VI, ardent supporter of appeasement of Hitler; Walter Monckton, Churchill's minister of labour, conciliator of trade unions; and popular historian Sir Arthur Bryant, a toady and Nazi sympathizer. July
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Winston Churchill's star shines so brightly in the firmament of post-war politics that it is hard to imagine a time when the scrappy British statesman did not enjoy unanimous approval. Yet in fact his rise to power was sudden and spectacular. A warmongering "has-been" with virtually no government support, by 1940 Churchill had become the most beloved politician in England, so powerful the British establishment that had largely ignored him for more than a decade found themselves scrambling to curry his favor. A slice of British public life between 1940 and 1955, this book examines several prominent public figures, including the Windsors, Lord Mountbatten, and Sir Arthur Bryant, who, as "hangers-on," hitched their wagons to Churchill's star. Inspired by Lytton Strachey's brilliant Eminent Victorians, Andrew Roberts, one of Britain's leading young historians, ferrets out several unpleasant facts about wartime England and the Age of Churchill, revealing the secrets, trade-offs, and political fictions that reduced a great nation to a mere shadow of its former self. B&W photos.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780671769406
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 6/20/1995
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.49 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The House of Windsor and the Politics of Appeasement 5
2 Lord Mountbatten and the Perils of Adrenalin 55
3 The Tories versus Churchill during the 'Finest Hour' 137
4 Churchill, Race and the 'Magpie Society' 211
5 Walter Monckton and the 'Retreat from Reality' 243
6 Patriotism: The Last Refuge of Sir Arthur Bryant 287
Archives 323
Notes 327
Index 339
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