In Search of Churchill: A Historian's Journey

In Search of Churchill: A Historian's Journey

by Martin Gilbert
     
 

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In Search of Churchill reveals the staggering extent of Gilbert's research, an epic undertaking that he began in 1962 as Randolph Churchill's assistant. From that auspicious beginning to the exultant moment when, some twenty-five years later, the author "reached the final file in the bottom drawer of the last filing cabinet," we witness the extraordinary process of… See more details below

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In Search of Churchill reveals the staggering extent of Gilbert's research, an epic undertaking that he began in 1962 as Randolph Churchill's assistant. From that auspicious beginning to the exultant moment when, some twenty-five years later, the author "reached the final file in the bottom drawer of the last filing cabinet," we witness the extraordinary process of countless interviews, of digging ever more deeply to dispel the myths and stereotypes, of alternately charming and cajoling those sources reluctant to confide. Now, share some of the great moments in Martin Gilbert's pursuit, and meet an unforgettable cast of characters along the way: secretaries, assistants, diarists, correspondents, soldiers, politicians, civil servants; the eminent and the unknown. All had tales to tell, many appearing for the first time in this book.

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Library Journal
Gilbert became a research assistant to Randolph Churchill soon after Randolph began an official biography of his father. After Randolph's death, Gilbert became the official biographer and finished the eight-volume life of Churchill (Winston Churchill: Volume 1, LJ 10/1/66; Volume 8, LJ 10/1/88). The present work is both the story of his research and a look at the more personal side of Churchill than one finds in his official biography. Gilbert has done extensive research on this and other books, using a wide variety of sources. He discusses the work, pleasures, disappointments, and pitfalls involved in historical research. At a time of renewed interest in Churchill, this book serves a dual purpose: it adds to our knowledge of Churchill, and it will either encourage or discourage would-be future historians. Recommended for most libraries.-Marilyn Dailey, Natrona Cty. P.L., Casper, Wyo.
Gilbert Taylor
Readers familiar with Gilbert's stout and stupendously long official biography of the Great Man perhaps wonder what relieved his lifelong toil with his subject. Although much was tedious sifting through documents, Gilbert relates that his most gratifying task was tracking down various associates of Churchill who, by choice or historical neglect, were retired in obscurity. Most opened up, lending this book half its character as Gilbert relates reminiscences: by Churchill's battalion troops from the Western Front; by civil servants who surreptitiously gave him data on the arms situation in the 1930s; by his entourage of literary assistants, typists, and private secretaries; and by former prime ministers Macmillan and Wilson. The book's other half is Gilbert's autobiography, encompassing his life as a wartime evacuee to Canada, his hiring by Churchill's irascible but generous son Randolph, and his subsequent three decades of work on every conceivable aspect of Churchilliana. As the peerless documentary expert, Gilbert concludes with the perils of his position (responding to myriad offers of information) and its pleasures (supplying speechmakers with Churchill quotations). An interesting bundle of anecdotes to supplement Gilbert's monument

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ISBN-13:
9781620459119
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
837,704
File size:
3 MB

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