Mr. Churchill's Profession: The Statesman as Author and the Book That Defined the

Mr. Churchill's Profession: The Statesman as Author and the Book That Defined the "Special Relationship"

by Peter Clarke


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Is it possible to offer a fresh perspective on a figure as familiar as Winston Churchill? Distinguished historian Peter Clarke shows the answer is yes. When Churchill received the Nobel Prize in 1953, it was not for his role as a world leader, but for his literature. In fact, Churchill was a gifted and successful writer long before he was a politician, publishing a stream of books and articles over the course of his life. In this engaging and revealing new narrative, Clarke traces the making of the magisterial work that occupied Churchill for a quarter century, his four-volume History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

Churchill signed the contract for History in 1932, at a time when his political career seemed over. His stunning return to power when the Nazis swept across Europe meant the book went uncompleted until the 1950s. But long before he took office, the massive project was shaping his worldview, his speeches, and his leadership: This was the work that defined the "special relationship" between Britain and America. In Mr. Churchill's Profession, Peter Clarke explores an untold chapter in history and offers an intimate new portrait of an iconic leader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608193721
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

Peter Clarke's many books include Keynes: The Rise, Fall, and Return of the 20th Century's Most Influential Economist; The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire; The Keynesian Revolution in the Making, 1924-1936; and the acclaimed final volume of the Penguin History of Britain, Hope and Glory, Britain 1900-2000.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Part I The Two Careers of Winston S. Churchill

1 Father's Boy: Heritage, 1874-97 3

2 Mother's Boy: The Author of his Fortune, 1898-1921 34

Part II The Author of his Reputation

Entr'acte 73

3 The English-Speaking Peoples Before Churchill 81

4 One Author, Two Contracts, 1922-32 116

5 The Struggle on Two Fronts, 1933-38 152

6 The Historian as Prophet, 1938-39 195

7 The Author of Victory, 1940-45 232

8 The Author as Celebrity, 1945-65 268

Epilogue 290

Appendix: Churchill and the British Tax System 297

Notes 301

Bibliography 317

Acknowledgements 333

Index 337

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Mr. Churchill's Profession: The Statesman as Author and the Book That Defined the "Special Relationship" 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Splendid read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As someone who loves to read getting the chance to read almost exclusively about Churchill as an author was a great experience. I read this while reading "The Last Lion" and they read very well together. I would recommend it unequivocally.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
However is rather late for most people do not know or care and have never read anything he wrote. Ony know his mother was one of the wealthy anerican heiress who married into the english upper class and in his later years drank a grate deal of brandy.