Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

A Penguin Life

Book - 2002
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Penguin Putnam
When today's world leaders need inspiration and strength in times of crisis, they often turn to Winston Churchill, quoting him and citing his heroic example. The son of a member of Parliament, Churchill, a poor academic student, wanted to be a soldier early in life. But after he escaped from a South African prison camp, his national fame catapulted him into a life of politics.

In this Penguin Life, the eminent historian John Keegan charts Churchill's career, following his steadfast leadership during the catastrophic events of World War II while England was dangerously poised on the brink of collapse. With wonderful eloquence, Keegan illuminates Churchill's incredible strength during this crucial moment in history and his unshakable belief that democracy would always prevail. Keegan looks at Churchill's speeches, which are some of the greatest examples of English oratory, and identifies his ability to communicate his own idea of an English past as the source of Churchill's greatness. He also sheds light on the political climate of Churchill's time. The result is an insightful, sensitive portrait of Churchill the war leader and Churchill the man.

Baker & Taylor
A stirring account of the life of Britain's greatest twentieth-century prime minister focuses on Churchill's career during World War II, telling his story from a military history point of view. 35,000 first printing.

Book News
Keegan (formerly military history, Royal Military Academy, UK, he's now defense editor of the Daily Telegraph ) has written a celebratory biography of Churchill, recounting his early life and interests, his years in India and Egypt, his lifelong fascination with history, and his remarkable political career. The bulk of this short tome, fittingly, is devoted to the era of WWII. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
When today's world leaders require inspiration and strength in times of crisis, they often invoke Winston Churchill. The son of a member of Parliament, Churchill, a poor academic student, wanted to be a soldier early in life. At this he succeeded brilliantly, fighting fearlessly on the frontiers of the British Empire but eventually being captured. His escape from a South African prison camp led him to national fame and catapulted him into a life of politics.
In this Penguin Life, the eminent historian John Keegan charts Churchill's career, examining his steadfast leadership as prime minister during the catastrophic events of World War II while England was dangerously poised on the brink of collapse. With wonderful eloquence, Keegan illuminates Churchill's incredible strength during this crucial moment in history and his unshakable belief that democracy would prevail. Keegan looks at Churchill's speeches which are some of the greatest examples of English oratory, and identifies his ability to communicate his own idea of an English past as the source of Churchill's greatness. He also sheds light on the political climate of Churchill's time. The result is an insightful, sensitive portrait of Churchill the war leader and Churchill the man.

Baker
& Taylor

An account of the life of Britain's greatest twentieth-century prime minister focuses on Churchill's career during World War II, telling his story from a military history point of view.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2002
ISBN: 9780670030798
0670030791
Branch Call Number: B CHU
Characteristics: vii, 196 p. ; 20 cm

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Sep 01, 2011

An uplifting, all-be-it one-sided book, Keegen drew me in quickly and continued with an excellent writing style. He glosses over Churchill's flaws to focus on Mr. Winston: the hero.

Remembering little about this time period, I was annoyed with a few lesser-known historical references and found the time-line to be slightly blurry.

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