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.
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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
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
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
Appendix: Churchill and the British Tax System 297
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.