Winston Churchill: Portrait of an Unquiet Mind

Winston Churchill: Portrait of an Unquiet Mind

by Andrew Norman


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Winston Churchill: Portrait of an Unquiet Mind by Andrew Norman

Winston Churchill was an extraordinary person - a politician, a statesman, a man of letters and a soldier but it was for his wartime leadership during the Second World War that he is chiefly remembered. In a study of his life, certain bizarre character traits become discernible. He had excessive energy and required little sleep. His mind would either flit from one idea to another with bewildering speed or focus obsessively on one particular goal. He was impulsive, and his attention was easily drawn to irrelevant or unimportant matters. He enjoyed taking risks almost to the point of self-destruction. He lacked inhibition and was eccentric in the extreme. Yet at other times, when he was afflicted with what he called his 'Black Dog', he became depressed, irritable, aggressive, and preoccupied with death and thoughts of suicide. By closely and painstakingly examining the statements of Churchill's doctor, of Winston himself, his family, his friends and acquaintances, Dr. Norman, as a medical man, has been able to ascertain the true nature of Winston's disorder. The diagnosis having been made, it is now possible for the very first time, and this will remain secret until the book is published, to understand the man himself and what made him 'tick'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848846777
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 08/02/2012
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dr Andrew Norman worked as a GP in Dorset before a spinal injury ended his medical career. He is now an established writer who has produced biographies of such notables as Sir Francis Drake, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy, T. E. Lawrence, Agatha Christie, Jane Austen and Robert Mugabe. He is also the author of Adolf Hitler: The Final Analysis and of HMS Hood: Pride of the Royal Navy, a study of the loss of the famous battlecruiser.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Preface ix

1 Formative Years 1

2 Harrow School 10

3 The Character of Lord Randolph: Winston's Relationship with his Father 17

4 Winston and 'Emotional Deprivation Disorder' 21

5 The 'Affirmation' of Winston 26

6 Sandhurst 31

7 The Decline and Death of Lord Randolph 36

8 The Death of Elizabeth Everest: The 4th Hussars 45

9 Politics 56

10 Romance: Marriage 62

11 War: First Lord of the Admiralty: The Dardanelles Campaign 71

12 Winston Resigns from the Government: Aftermath: A Painter is Born 80

13 A Return to the Army 86

14 A Return to Politics: The USA enters the War: The Bolshevik Revolution: Victory 90

15 The Post-War Decade 94

16 The 'Wilderness Years': The Influence of Clementine 107

17 Painting as a Pastime: What Winston's Paintings Reveal 117

18 The Menace of Nazism: Winston's Warnings: The Phoney War 122

19 Winston as Prime Minister: A Whirlwind Strikes No. 10 128

20 Winston and the Levers of Power 140

21 Further Insights into Winston's Character: His 'Safety Valves' 149

22 D-Day and Onward to Victory: Stalin -A Challenge Too Far 159

23 Japan Fights On: Electoral Defeat for Winston 171

24 Leader of the Opposition 176

25 How Winston's Workload and Lifestyle Took their Toll 188

26 Prime Minister Again 192

27 Winston's 'Highs' and 'Lows': An Explanation 197

28 Winston's Hypomania and its Dividend 202

29 Winston's 'Dream' 205

30 Winston's Children and Grandchildren 208

31 Declining Years 215

32 Between 'Highs' and 'Lows': the 'Real' Winston 224

33 The Death of Winston 230

Epilogue 231

Appendix: Opinion of Dr John H, Mather as to the cause of Lord Randolph Churchill's death and the author's response 236

Bibliography 249

Index 253

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