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His Finest Hour: A Biography of Winston Churchill

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Who was Winston Churchill? Even fifty years after his death, he is one of the most iconic figures in British history. As a young man he was a maverick journalist; his many positions in politics before 1940 marked him as a courageous but foolhardy man.

Yet it is Churchill?s record in war, which has recently been questioned, that confirms his genius as a military commander and national leader?someone who understood the dangers of Nazi Germany before 1939 and someone uniquely ...

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Overview


Who was Winston Churchill? Even fifty years after his death, he is one of the most iconic figures in British history. As a young man he was a maverick journalist; his many positions in politics before 1940 marked him as a courageous but foolhardy man.

Yet it is Churchill’s record in war, which has recently been questioned, that confirms his genius as a military commander and national leader—someone who understood the dangers of Nazi Germany before 1939 and someone uniquely capable to lead the empire through the turmoil of the Second World War. Christopher Catherwood argues that it was Churchill’s stand in 1940-41 that saved Britain and that only he was able to bring together the allies that eventually defeated Hitler in 1945. Catherwood has produced a challenging yet lively reassessment of the life and career of Winston Churchill, lion of British history and flawed hero.

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Publishers Weekly
Throughout his 60 years in politics, Winston Churchill played an enormous part in the direction of the British Empire, even though his career, mirroring his manic depression, ran fantastically high and low. In 1933, his foresight in recognizing the danger of Nazi Germany led him to push the English to bulk up their military forces. By refusing to capitulate to cries for surrender, he saved Britain and the Western world from Nazism. Catherwood gives us Winston Churchill, "warts and all," without the dry, miniscule details of most history texts, delivering an absorbing tale focused on the incredible survival of England through the desperate days of 1940-41. The book flows much like a novel, appropriate since the life it chronicles was extraordinarily novel. To ensure Churchill's place in history, Catherwood covers his heroic exploits in India, the Sudan, the Boer War, and WWI, and intersperses them with his roller coaster political life, which began as an MP in 1900, saw cabinet posts to First Lord of the Admiralty, Secretary of State for War and Air, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and finally, Prime Minister—twice. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616080945
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 544,490
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Catherwood, as consultant to the Blair Cabinet’s
Strategy Unit, worked in the Admiralty building where Churchill was based (1939-40) as First Lord of the Admiralty. He teaches history at the Universities of Cambridge and Richmond (Virginia),
where he is annual Writer in Residence. His books include Why the
Nations Rage: Killing in the Name of God, Britain’s Balkan Dilemma in World War II, Christians, Muslims, and Islamic Rage, and His Finest Hour: A Biography of Winston Churchill.
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