Man of the Century: Winston Churchill and His Legend Since 1945

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Overview

He is commemorated throughout the world in museums and statuary, on street signs and in gift shops; even more prominently, Winston Churchill's monumental presence persists in shelves upon shelves of biographies and histories, dozens of which were written by Churchill himself and have been international bestsellers. While political figures are routinely the objects of intense posthumous scrutiny, few have achieved such pervasive and ongoing influence, and fewer still have so adeptly orchestrated their own place in history. Man of the Century is the often surprising story of how Winston Churchill, in the last years of his life, carefully crafted his reputation for posterity, and it reveals him as the twentieth century's pioneering, and perhaps most gifted, "spin doctor." It is also a far-ranging account not only of Churchill's continuing impact on British, American, and European politics, but also of the powerful legacy of his vision of a common destiny and heritage for English-speaking peoples around the world.

In the first book to examine the full scope of Churchill's postwar influence, John Ramsden draws on fresh material and extensive research from three continents to argue that the statesman's force of personality and romantic, imperial notion of Britain have contributed directly to many political events of the last several decades -- including American involvement in Vietnam and the role of the Anglo-American alliance in promoting and protecting a certain vision of world order. Man of the Century captures the complexities of Churchill's story and political legacy as well as the spirit and irreverent power of the statesman who became a modern legend.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
With meticulous research, Ramsden explores the way in which Churchill projected himself throughout the world after 1945, how that self-projection was received, and how well it has stood the test of time...The book clearly and logically deduces how his fame was created, perceived, and marketed.

— George Cohen

Choice

A thorough and careful scholarly exploration of the 'Churchill Legend' as it took shape after 1945... Ramsden extends his examination of Churchill's postwar apotheosis beyond Britain to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the US, where an Americanized Churchill still bulks large in public discourse. This fine book helps explain why. Highly recommended [for] all libraries.

Scotland on Sunday

Ramsden is a highly talented historian at the peak of his prowess.

Literary Review

Ramsden is a canny historian.... He is a master of the illuminating detail.... The result is an excellent piece of sustained scholarship as well as a good read.

BBC History Magazine

A marvellously informative and splendidly written account of the mythologising of Churchill.

International Churchill Society Magazine
This book is a must: a tour d'horizon of all things Churchill by the dean of Conservative Party historians. Only John Ramsden with his encyclopedic knowledge of twentieth-century British politics could have produced this magnificent work.

— David Freeman

History: Reviews of New Books

Man of the Century is an impressive scholarly achievement, well written and convincingly argued.... a provocative book, one that Churchill scholars will find essential.

— Michael H. Shirley

Society
Ramsden's study is a worthy addition to the growing Churchill literature. He succeeds in putting the Churchill legend and myth in historical perspective.

— John Rossi

History: Reviews of New Books
Man of the Century is an impressive scholarly achievement, well written and convincingly argued.... a provocative book, one that Churchill scholars will find essential.

— Michael H. Shirley

Booklist - George Cohen

With meticulous research, Ramsden explores the way in which Churchill projected himself throughout the world after 1945, how that self-projection was received, and how well it has stood the test of time...The book clearly and logically deduces how his fame was created, perceived, and marketed.

International Churchill Society Magazine - David Freeman

This book is a must: a tour d'horizon of all things Churchill by the dean of Conservative Party historians. Only John Ramsden with his encyclopedic knowledge of twentieth-century British politics could have produced this magnificent work.

History: Reviews of New Books - Michael H. Shirley

Man of the Century is an impressive scholarly achievement, well written and convincingly argued.... a provocative book, one that Churchill scholars will find essential.

Society - John Rossi

Ramsden's study is a worthy addition to the growing Churchill literature. He succeeds in putting the Churchill legend and myth in historical perspective.

Choice

A thorough and careful scholarly exploration of the 'Churchill Legend' as it took shape after 1945... Ramsden extends his examination of Churchill's postwar apotheosis beyond Britain to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the US, where an Americanized Churchill still bulks large in public discourse. This fine book helps explain why. Highly recommended [for] all libraries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231131063
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/6/2003
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Ramsden is professor of modern history at Queen Mary in the University of London. From1995-6, he was visiting professor of British history at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri; in 2000 he was a Winston Churchill Fellow in New Zealand, and in 2001 a Distinguished Academic Visitor at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of the acclaimed, An Appetite for Power and the general editor of The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century British Politics. He lives in Woodford Green, where Churchill was for forty years the Member of Parliament.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Part One 'The Greatest Dying Englishman': Churchill's Death and Funeral'Had This War Not Come, Who Would Speak of Winston Churchill'?'The Greatest Living Englishman''I Must Justify Myself before History': Fulton and the War MemoriesPart Two 'The Maker of Modern Ireland'?: Churchill and the Celts'The Father of Europe'?: Churchill and the EuropeansPart Three 'An English-speaking Union in my own Person': Churchill and the American'The Lynchpin of the English-Speaking Peoples': Churchill and Canada'The Brightest Gem in the British Crown': Churchill in New Zealand'Bad Stock': Churchill and AustraliaRobert Menzies, Worldwide Leader of the Churchill Appreciation SocietyPart Four The Man of the Century--and of the Next?NotesIndex

Columbia University Press

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    a masterful work

    one of the truly outsanding book about winston churchill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2006

    Mold History through the Sheer Force of Your Personality

    John Ramsden wrote a book of uneven quality about Winston Churchill¿s legend since 1945. Ramsden clearly does not target readers with no prior, in-depth knowledge of this towering presence. In some chapters, Ramsden gets bogged down in detail that, over time, annoys readers. Ramsden should have written shorter chapters about Churchill and his relationship with countries such as Australia and New Zealand. Enumerating a large number of streets, pubs, parks, etc. named after Churchill in these different countries does not add much to the narrative. Ramsden is at his best in Part One when he focuses on the controversial personality of Churchill. Churchill understood very well that he had to write his side of the story to mold the minds of his contemporaries and remain relevant to future generations. Churchill has outshined most other memorable men and women in this enterprise. Many people around the world still want to claim a piece of Churchill by quoting him in a wide variety of settings. The ultimate power of Churchill lies in the richness of his parley and writings which can still stir emotions when reason fails to mobilize for decisive action.

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