Winston Churchill: British Soldier, Writer, Statesman

Winston Churchill: British Soldier, Writer, Statesman

by Brenda Haugen

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A biography profiling the life of Winston Churchill, the heroic prime minister of Great Britain and Nobel Prize winner. Includes source notes and timeline.


A biography profiling the life of Winston Churchill, the heroic prime minister of Great Britain and Nobel Prize winner. Includes source notes and timeline.

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Children's Literature
The Modern World subset of biographies in the "Signature Lives" series is based partly on the premise that the mind-set of our present world includes a "focus on humanitarianism" and that "a global economy has made the world a more connected place." This seems more an ideal (for some) than a reality, as borne out in Churchill's career, which was based largely on his accomplishments in war. As a privileged young Englishman, he prepared for military life at Sandhurst but was able to get himself sent as a war correspondent to Cuba and, after resigning from the army, to South Africa. His escape from a Boer prison camp and the book it inspired ensured his fame and led to his entry into politics. Young adults are offered a readable overview of Churchill's multi-faceted career as politician, writer, painter, and wartime leader, including some of his many setbacks and ultimate triumph in Western world opinion. Included are several less-often-seen photographs: Winston as a boy formally outfitted for Harrow, as a soldier resplendent in hussar uniform, as a white-hatted young gentleman lounging against his horse (held by an Indian servant), and a lovely photo of the young Clementine Churchill. Since space often limits discussion of complexities, readers will not discover, for example, the full implications of Churchill's party shifts, the hatred earned by the Gallipoli disaster or, of interest to girls, his adamant opposition to women's suffrage. Still, teens will get a sense of Churchill's incredible energy, talent, tenacity, and accomplishment. 2006, Compass Point, Ages 12 to 16.
—Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Report writers will appreciate the approachable writing style, sidebar "Fast Facts," and high-quality photos and illustrations in these titles. Both books discuss the men's lives before they stepped onto the world stage, and how events in them affected their work. All of their triumphs and failures, lost elections, and health crises are explored and organized in a logical manner. Haugen includes excerpts from Roosevelt's and Churchill's speeches and writings, shaping a clearer view of these leaders. The slim volumes belie a wealth of information and should prove more than sufficient for reports or for general readers.-Carol Fazioli, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Signature Lives: Modern World Series
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Brenda Haugen started in the newspaper business and had a career as an award-winning journalist before finding her niche as an author. Since then, she has written more than 50 books and edited hundreds more, most of them for children. A graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Brenda lives in North Dakota with her dog, Alice, who chose Brenda when she went to the Humane Society thinking she was there to adopt another dog.

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