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The Churchill Factor How One Man Made History [Read] ➱ The Churchill Factor How One Man Made History By Boris Johnson – From London’s inimitable mayor Boris Johnson the story of how Churchill’s eccentric genius shaped not only his world but our own On the fiftieth anniversary of Churchill’s death Boris Johnson c From London’s inimitable mayor Boris Johnson the Factor How PDF/EPUB ¿ story of how Churchill’s eccentric genius shaped not only his world The Churchill PDF/EPUB or but our own On the fiftieth anniversary of Churchill’s death Boris Johnson celebrates the singular brilliance of one of the Churchill Factor How ePUB ¹ most important leaders of the twentieth century Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality he Churchill Factor How One Man Epub / portrays—with characteristic wit and passion—a man of contagious bravery breathtaking elouence matchless strategizing and deep humanity Fearless on the battlefield Churchill had to be ordered by the king to stay out of action on D Day; he pioneered aerial bombing and few could match his experience in organizing violence on a colossal scale  yet he hated war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors He was the most famous journalist of his time and perhaps the greatest orator of all time despite a lisp and chronic depression he kept at bay by painting His maneuvering positioned America for entry into World War II even as it ushered in England’s post war decline His openmindedness made him a trailblazer in health care education and social welfare though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect Most of all he was a rebuttal to the idea that history is the story of vast and impersonal forces; he is proof that one person—intrepid ingenious determined—can make all the difference.

10 thoughts on “The Churchill Factor How One Man Made History

  1. Dolf Patijn Dolf Patijn says:

    You meet Boris Johnson in the pub for a drink You mention Churchill and 4 hours later you leave the pub wondering where the time went That´s what it feels like to read this book I learned a lot of facts about Churchill that I didn't know before I certainly learned about the impact that Churchill had not only on British politics and life but also on the rest of the worldThis book is beautifully written and well paced I absolutely loved itNB 25 06 2016 After seeing Boris Johnson in the run up to the Brexit referendum I wouldn't want to have a pint with him any What a pompous arse The book is still good but I can't stand the writer any

  2. Andrew Smith Andrew Smith says:

    There’s a point near the end of the book when talking to a grandson of the great man that the author summarises Churchill’s achievements More published words than Shakespeare and Dickens combined wins the Nobel Prize for Literature kills umpteen people in armed combat on four continents serves in every great office of state including Prime Minister twice is indispensable to victory in two world wars and then posthumously sells his paintings for a million dollars Not bad There’s uite a bit of hero worship in this book – Boris is clearly awe struck by the man – but it’s very hard not to come away thinking how much Churchill packed into his lifetime Was he the greatest Britain of all time? Well maybe certainly a poll taken in 2002 concluded he was But anyway you look at it he was certainly the right man for the right time I hadn’t realised just how much Churchill was swimming against the tide in opposing Hitler It seems that there were an awful lot of appeasers about at the time and its absolutely conceivable that had it not been for the Homburg wearing statesman we could well have entered into some sort of agreement with Hitler Who knows what the world would look like now had that been the caseThis is a very personal portrait painted by Boris He has a uirky style that worked for me For instance in one section he talks about Churchill’s cock ups and introduces a scoring system to explain how much of a disaster each of the actions truly were or weren’t and to what degree Winston was actually responsible As I found in the rest of the book he tends to err on the side of his hero but it was a great way of providing a fresh perspective on these events For information the list includes The disastrous Gallipoli campaign His opposition to increased home rule in India Returning Sterling to the Gold Standard His resistance to the abdication of Edward VIIIThere were lots of personal facts about Churchill of which I was hitherto unaware For instance by all accounts he had an enormous vocabulary he showed tremendous personal bravery as both a war correspondent and a soldier and was the standing Prime Minister at the age of 80 The list goes on There’s also an interesting comparison between author and subject in that Churchill achieved all he did without a ‘classic’ education; he never attended university Contrast this with Boris who lists Eton and Oxford University amongst the outstanding centers of education he’s attended But the similarities between the two are perhaps striking Like his hero Boris served time as a journalist before entering politics where he is also seen as something of a one off a maverick Both were born into money and it’s perfectly conceivable that Boris could emulate ‘the man’ by becoming leader of the Conservative Party and thereby uite probably Prime Minister in the not too distant futureOverall I found this to be a fascinating – if rather one sided – account of the life and achievements of one of the great figures of recent history If you feel you want to know about Churchill and want to be entertained at the same time look no further

  3. Perry Perry says:

    I read this in 2014 not knowing anything about Boris Johnson It's a pretty good book While I don't agree with BoJo's politics at least the UK will have a leader who has truly written a book and who reads I've resisted the temptation to change my review or my ratingPortrait Venerating Lionhearted Leader Who Lifted Course of History Facing Down der Führer Providing a Perfect Contrast to the Leaders of the Free World these daysThis book's strongest point is its accessibility on the lengthy and complex history of this legendary world leader In a clear conversational tone that overlays an erudite tenor Johnson measures the near majesty of a man who played the leading role in stanching the tide of evil threatening 20th Century Europe and from plunging the world into chaos I was skeptical that this might be another droning history book Johnson uickly drew me in though to what seemed an enthusiastic scholarly chat in a pub full of good humour I found it refreshing to read a book on history not written by an academic historian the like of which has written books that have been used to cure difficult cases of insomniaLike Winston Churchill the author Boris Johnson nicknamed by some BoJo is a former newspaper man and a politician I think all comparisons hit a brick wall after that

  4. Steven Z. Steven Z. says:

    If you are looking for a personal breezy hagiography of Winston Churchill then Boris Johnson’s THE CHURCHILL FACTOR HOW ONE MAN MADE HISTORY will be of interest Johnson’s effort is not a traditional biography of the former occupant of 10 Downing Street but a manifesto imploring the reader to consider the genius and greatness of Churchill Johnson is concerned that as time has passed fewer and fewer of the non World War II generation have forgotten or are not aware of Churchill’s accomplishments as he states at the outset “we are losing those who can remember the sound of his voice and I worry that we are in dangerof forgetting the scale of what he did” For the author World War II would have been lost if not for Churchill and he further argues that the resident of Chartwell House and Blenheim Palace saved civilization and proved that one man can change historyJohnson’s writing is very entertaining His phrasing is both humorous and poignant ie “the French were possessed of an origami army They just keep folding with almost magical speed” In his description of Churchill he looked “like some burley and hung over butler from the set of Downton Abbey However aside from the humor presented Johnson has a serious purpose as he seems to want to align himself with Churchill as a means of furthering his own political career The uestion is what do we make of Johnson’s THE CHURCHILL FACTOR? Many who are familiar with Johnson’s career can foresee this Member of Parliament mayor of London former editor of The Spectator and columnist for the Daily Telegraph pursuing the leadership of the Conservative Party and at some point attaining the position of Prime Minister By manipulating Churchill’s legacy as a comparison to certain aspects of his own life Johnson may have hit upon a vehicle for his own political ascendency Johnson suggests certain similarities with his hero but then upon reflection he negates them but for those who are familiar with the British political system Johnson’s ambitions are clearJohnson’s thesis rests on rehabilitating the less savory aspects of Churchill’s personality and politics at the same time presenting him as the genius who saved the world from Nazism Johnson strongly suggests when reviewing the political choices that existed in England as the Dunkirk rescue was ongoing in May 1940 there was no alternative to Churchill Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax were both appeasers and wanted to make a separate peace with Germany Johnson reviews Churchill’s career as a journalist soldier and social reformer to reflect on his preparation for taking on Hitler and does not find him wanting in any area The author tackles the opposition to Churchill within the Conservative party and why he was a lightning rod for his opponents Johnson explains why he was so despised by many head on He argues that Churchill like his father Randolph suffered from a lack of party loyalty and we see that both followed their own path when it came to shifting parties and then returning to the conservative fold In addition Churchill helped bring on ill will by always being a self promoter and political opportunist Churchill made a number of errors during World War I and later in his career The following come to mind the fiasco at Antwerp in October 1914 and Gallipoli in September 1915 that forced many to uestion his ability as a military strategist when he was First Lord of their Admiralty Further Churchill’s ill fated plan to block the Bolshevik victory in Russia after World War I as well as fighting to prevent Indian self government where not well thought out Lastly Churchill’s support for Edward VIII’s desire for a divorce and forfeiture of his throne angered many conservative back benchersJohnson presents Churchill’s bonifedes as a military leader by spending a good amount of time reflecting on Churchill’s bravery He discusses Churchill’s love of planes and desire to develop an air force He reviews his combat experience in the Sudan the Boer War India and the trenches of World War I He concludes that Churchill’s own personal bravery allowed him to ask whether other candidates in 1940 had the experience and demeanor to lead England against the Nazis Johnson also tackles some of the negative charges against Churchill For Johnson Churchill is a social reformer in the context of being a capitalist and a free trader He argues that next to his mentor Lloyd George Churchill had great concern for workers and the lower classes For Churchill workers were the bedrock of the British Empire and without them the empire would collapse Johnson points to Churchill’s championing of Labour exchanges a Trade Board Bill to enforce minimum wages for certain jobs unemployment insurance with worker government and employer contributions a 20% tax on land sales in order to fund progressive programs and redistribute wealth Churchill was concerned that if the needs of the workers were not met unrest could “scuttle” British power overseas One might argue that Churchill was somewhat of a hypocrite based on some of his racist and imperialist goals Johnson would say that he was nothing than being politically pragmatic Perhaps Churchill’s “compassionate conservatism” was years ahead of George W BushThe author rests much of his argument on Churchill’s amazing work ethic and the motor of his exceptional brain Johnson offers a great deal of evidence to support his claim ie Churchill’s prodigious writing that earned him a Nobel Peace Prize for Literature at the age of seventy five Churchill’s work developing tank technology during World War I his role in creating the boundaries for the Middle East the partition of Ireland and diplomacy during World War II to save England from the Nazis and rallying his own people Lastly the use of his personal charm to “drag” the United States into World War II Once out of power Churchill sought to warn the west about Stalinist expansionism His “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946 made public his concerns but Churchill had internally warned his cabinet and FDR at least a year earlier As in the 1930s when he warned about Nazism as World War II came to a close he was seen as a war mongerer by many Despite the fact that he was correct in both cases this did not help him politically at home or in his relationship with President Truman as he was soon out of office Once he returned to power in 1951 and with the death of Stalin in 1953 Churchill worked for a summit of the great powers as he was deathly afraid of a thermonuclear war Though he did not achieve his goal after he left office for good in 1955 a four power summit did take place For Johnson in the end Churchill’s ideas prevailed from his speech in Fulton MO in 1946 to the final collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 Churchill had called for rapprochement between France and Germany and a united Europe all of which was eventually achieved One of the major blemishes that exists in dealing with Churchill’s career lies in the sands of the Middle East As Colonial Secretary he had to undue the negative results of the Hussein McMahon Correspondence the Sykes Picot Agreement and the Balfour Declaration all issued during World War I making very contradictory promises that Johnson describes as “Britain sold the same camel three times” The story of the Cairo Conference and Churchill’s influence on the creation of Ira Transjordan Syria and Palestine has been told many times but even Johnson must acknowledge that what Churchill had created though it lasted for decades was bound to come a cropper Further Churchill’s optimism concerning Jewish Palestinian relations was ill conceived Johnson as his want does not blame Churchill but the selfishness of both sides particularly the lack of Arab leadership a rationalization to deflect away from Churchill anything the author finds unacceptable Despite his errors the author proposes that Churchill even in old age was a man ahead of his times and based on his amazing career who is to say that Johnson was wrong Perhaps the major criticism one can offer is how the author presents his material I for one enjoy objective biography not subjective hero worship particularly when there are so many instances of a lack of source material to support the author’s conclusions However if one is interested in a fast read encompassing Churchill’s entire career Johnson’s effort could prove to be intellectually challenging and entertaining

  5. Leah Leah says:

    Blood toil tears and sweatWinston Churchill needs no introduction and in the UK nor does Boris Johnson but perhaps he does elsewhere Boris is one of those few people who are known to all by their first names – if you mention Boris over here everyone will assume that it's this Boris you mean unless you specify otherwise A leading light in the Conservative Party he has been the Mayor of London for the last six years and is strongly tipped in many uarters to be a future leader of the Party and possibly a future Prime Minister This is pretty spectacular for a man who is best known for being exceptionally funny on panel games having a silly hairstyle and being an upper class buffoon who would fit in well in the Drones Club But that public persona doesn't uite hide the other facts about Boris that he is a highly intelligent extremely knowledgeable and articulate man whose political ambitions reach to the very top Prior to going into active politics he was a political journalist and editor so he knows how to write entertainingly and engagingly You may already have guessed that I have a huge soft spot for Boris – it's just unfortunate he's as right wing as Mrs Thatcher But it's that ability to camouflage his views under his larger than life personality that enables him to attract voters who wouldn't normally vote for his party As for his amazing achievement in winning the Nobel Prize for Literature it is conventional to treat this as a joke an embarrassing attempt by the Swedes to make up for their neutrality in the war Even relatively sympathetic historians such as Peter Clarke have dismissed the possibility that there was any merit involved “Rarely can an author’s writings have received less attention than the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953” he says This is not just a little bit snooty but surely untrue Look at the list of Nobel winners in the last century – avant garde Japanese playwrights Marxist Feminist Latin Americans Polish exponents of the Concrete Poem All of them are no doubt meritorious in their way but many of them are much less read than Churchill In this book Boris sets out to try to discover what made Churchill into the man who is considered to have been crucial in the British war effort He does this with his usual panache making the book hugely enjoyable and filled with humour which doesn't disguise the massive amount of research and knowledge that has clearly gone into it He makes it crystal clear that he admires Churchill intensely and because he's so open about it his bias in the great man's favour comes over as wholly endearing In fact this reader couldn't help feeling that Boris sees Churchill as something of a role model and that his desire to understand how Churchill achieved all that he did is partly so that Boris can emulate him – hopefully not by becoming a great leader in another World War though Though I suspect Boris might be a little sorry he missed the last one In each chapter Boris looks at one aspect of Churchill's life – his childhood his writing his early army career in the Boer War etc – and analyses it to see what we can draw from it in terms of what made Churchill tick Over the years Churchill has had as many detractors as admirers and Boris takes their criticisms of him head on dismissing them with his usual mix of bluster and brilliance That's not to say he brushes over the big mistakes in Churchill's career but he puts them into context and finds that he consistently acted in accordance with his own convictions If only we could say that about many of today's politicians This didn't always make him popular but had popularity been his main aim he probably wouldn't have stood out so strongly against coming to some accommodation with Nazi Germany at the point where Britain stood isolated and close to defeat Boris makes it clear that he believes that it was Churchill and Churchill alone who carried the argument in the Government for Britain to fight on and who was crucial in persuading the US to finally become involved if he was exhausting to work for his colleagues nonetheless gave him loyalty and unstinting devotion When he came back from New York in 1932 after nearly dying under the wheels of an on coming car he was presented with a Daimler The Daimler had been organised by Brendan Bracken and financed by a whip round of 140 friends and admirers Can you think of any modern British politician with enough friends and admirers to get them a new Nissan Micra let alone a Daimler? Although there is a considerable amount in the book about WW2 as you would expect there is just as much about Churchill's achievements and failures both before and after In a political career that stretched for over 60 years he was involved to one degree or another in all of the major events in the UK and indeed the world from the 1900s to the 1960s – the Boer War WW1 the establishment of Israel the abdication of Edward VIII the decline of the British Empire the rise of the Soviet Union the formation of the Common Market now European Union Boris shows how he was often at first a lone voice perceptive through his deep understanding of history and politics with other people dismissing him until he was proved right or occasionally wrong He also shows how Churchill was capable of changing his mind over time and admitting to it – for example over women where their contribution to the war effort persuaded him they should be entitled to rights he had previously argued against A conviction politician certainly but not hog tied by itThere's so much in the book that I've missed out far than I've included – Churchill's writing art speech making personal bravery etc etc It is however a surprisingly compact read considering the ground it covers It's not a full biography – it doesn't set out to be Boris has selected those events and episodes that he feels cast most light on the character of the man and what formed it – the Churchill Factor as he calls it It's brilliantly written as entertaining as it is insightful and informative and I feel it casts nearly as much light on the character of the author as the subject For anyone who still thinks Boris is the buffoon he plays so well this might come as a real eye opener And for those of us who already know that like the iceberg the important bit of Boris is the bit you rarely see this reminds us that we better decide soon if we really want to buy tickets for the Titanic There are Churchill nightclubs and bars and pubs – about twenty pubs in Britain bear his name and puglike visage far than bear the name of any other contemporary figure Sometimes it is easy to understand the semiotic function of the name – you can see why a pub owner might want to go for Churchill He is the world’s greatest advertisement for the benefits of alcohol But why is there a Churchill Escort Agency? And what do they offer apart from blood toil tears and sweat? As if two huge personalities aren't enough for one book I listened to the Audible audiobook version which is beautifully narrated by actor Simon Shepherd who has one of the loveliest voices known to man or woman and the perfect rather plummy accent for this kind of book It's a great narration that does full justice to the book – held my attention throughout which doesn't always happen with audiobooks In fact I found myself freuently doing that 'just one chapter' thing which normally only happens with the written word Going to bed each night with Winston Boris and Simon has been a lot fun than you might imagineNB This audiobook was provided for review by Audible UKwwwfictionfanblogwordpresscom

  6. Cathal Kenneally Cathal Kenneally says:

    I'm only giving this book 4 stars as it doesn't mention the famine in Bangladesh during the Second World War for which Churchill was blamed Apparently it was his idea to divert grain supplies destined for Bangladesh to British soldiers fighting in the Far East I'm not a big fan of Boris Johnson but after seeing Darkest Hour l decided to learn a little bit about Winston Churchill He is at least unbiased; listing both his achievements and failures He paints his character in broad brush strokes He has his disasters but he also had his ideals Future governments and politicians were inspired by him Like everyone he had enemies but it didn't deter him from what he wanted to do

  7. Alex Sarll Alex Sarll says:

    Doubtless people will claim that this book is an act of hubris Johnson attempting to acuire some reflected glory by yoking himself to another indomitable gadfly who then surprised everyone by becoming the great statesman Nonsense Give this topic to most modern politicians and you would get something like that a ream of platitudes topped off with a few personal anecdotes bearing the subtext 'It's not for me to compare myself to Winston Churchill; that's for other people to do' Johnson though has never seemed so humble rightly awed by the sheer range and volume of Churchill's achievements He's perhaps a little prone to simplifying the background Sea Lion was never the sure thing he suggests; Henry Labouchere was a much ambiguous figure than you'd think from this; and Johnson's line on Versailles is both misguided and surprisingly depressingly conventional On his leading man though he's not bad at all He doesn't try to hide the feet of clay opposition to Indian independence women's rights the almost comical enthusiasm for the use of poison gas; he doesn't even break out all the guns he could when it comes to Gallipoli over which Churchill has taken such an unfair share of the blame all these years down largely to incompetent subordinates and the original Murdoch lie But he makes a convincing case that the fuck ups as well as the triumphs can all be traced to the same unshakable appetite for glory and readiness to take risks Lest we be unclear on this there are many issues including some raised here on which I disagree with Boris Johnson But I do think there is something to respect in the only front rank British politician on any side today who would ever in describing his political idol deploy a line such as He was the large protruding nail on which destiny snagged her coat

  8. Will Once Will Once says:

    I think I have finally worked out the purpose of Boris Johnson he was born to write this book The subject matter suits his bombastic oafish style and consummate belief in himself That makes it a rollicking good read if not the definitive biography of ChurchillUnusually for a biography the book isn't written chronologically We don't start with Winston's childhood and then work our way forwards through time Instead we are given slices of his life to illustrate a particular point On the whole this works well and is a refreshing change from the normal stodge of childhood schooldays early life great works decline and death It can be a little disconcerting at times but it or less worksThe language is characteristically Boris a weird mixture of slang and pomposity One one page we are told that something isn't much cop and on the next page we bump into obscure polysyllabic words that have us scurrying to a dictionary It reads well most of the time if you allow yourself a raised eyebrow at the occasional Oh Boris momentsBoris's treatment of Churchill is borderline sycophantic You can tell that here is a man writing about his hero someone he has modeled himself on He doesn't hold back from describing Churchill's mistakes although he is always ready to defend the great man Don't come to this book expecting objectivity this is fan fiction though admittedly high uality fan fictionIf the book has a flaw it is that there is too much Boris in it Many of the sections start with Boris Boris riding his bike Boris driving on France battlefields Boris having a very expensive lunch with Nicholas Soames As I finished the book I realised that I had heard a lot of Boris speaking but I didn't get a sense of Churchill's voice This is very much third person reporting with a powerful narratorI nearly knocked off a star for that But that would be to misunderstand this book This isn't a book solely about Churchill This is Boris Johnson on Winston Churchill two self publicists sharing eual billing in identical size fonts on the book's cover Think of it as a supermarket BOGOF a buy one get one free For the price of the book you are getting an insight into two characters and not just oneAnd that makes it a uniue book a must read a boisterous and passionate account of a flawed but fascinating manI have only one reuest to make and I am talking to you Boris This is what you were born to do Please please please do of it Amusing as your buffoonery is we want to see it between the covers of a paperback and not behind the door at number 10

  9. Jean Jean says:

    I have been fascinated with Winston S Churchill since I was a child I try to read everything I can find about him I was shocked to read in the book that the young people in Britain do not know who Churchill was Johnson said he wanted to write about Churchill in such a manner as to bring Churchill to the attention of the young Johnson thought the young might enjoy Churchill’s eccentricityThis book is written by the current Mayor of London The element of self identification in Johnson’s writing is too obvious to ignore This book is not just another biography Rather it is a series of polemics in which Johnson takes up the cudgels against Churchill’s criticsOne of the allegations against Churchill is that he wasn’t very nice to the little people in his life That in private he was a mean spirited and short tempered Johnson relays a story to rebut this charge told to him by Nicholas Soames Churchill’s grandson Johnson also discusses the accusation that Churchill was an unprincipled opportunist and he also addresses the charge of incompetent leadership during World War One that led to Gallipoli Johnson also discusses Churchill’s literary output and explains how Churchill managed to fit all this into a busy lifeJohnson has created a canvas of than just World War II but also looks at Churchill’s contributions in the Boer War WWI and the period leading up to the start of the European Union and shown how at each point Churchill’s contributions were essential to Britain’s victories or were ignored by those in power resulting in decisions that left Britain far worse off than it could have been Johnson also addresses Churchill’s work on behalf of the working poor in the UK his efforts to improve the living and working conditions of the poor throughout the British EmpireThe book is written with wit and reveals fascinating nuggets of information I found fascinating I believe Johnson has been successful in his defense of Churchill as a uniuely great man I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible Simon Shepherd narrated the book

  10. thewanderingjew thewanderingjew says:

    The Churchill Factor How One Man Made History Boris Johnson read by Boris JohnsonWritten and read by Boris Johnson the mayor of London this book is an in depth study of what made Winston Churchill great Until his death in 1965 Winston Churchill was a man larger than life There were those that supported him and those that maligned him but today he is renowned and revered for his analysis of world conditions and for his predictions of what was to come from events and decisions made in his time that would eventually affect the future of the entire world Boris Johnson is a great admirer of Churchill and he has spent countless hours researching this magnificent man Churchill often exaggerated the facts and insisted that he was right He preferred to speak in simple language to the people so they would understand his message Johnson captures Hitler and Churchill to a “t” and as the author states “Hitler made you think he could do anything but Churchill made you think you could do anything” Churchill’s speeches were magnificent even if he was not the greatest orator He didn’t mince words and he made his feelings widely known with masterful speeches The book is an absolutely brilliant rendering of the man who uite possibly saved Europe from German rule according to the author who believes that Churchill’s decisions made it possible to have a world without Hitler If like his enemies he had wanted to pursue a policy of appeasement Europe would have fallen under that madman’s control According to Johnson Churchill’s foresight and courage inspired the Allies to victory Although he could be crude rude and brash he had heart He implemented social programs and work programs to help the poor He was a Tory than a Liberal than a Tory again He was married to the same woman for over 60 years and their love never faltered although there are rumors of infidelity that were never proven He was a drinker but held his liuor well He was a man with a great sense of humor; the witticisms mentioned will have the reader laughing out loud although the author disclaims some that are attributed to him incorrectlyChurchill was a man unconcerned with his appearance often covered with cigar ash a man with his own fashion sense which did not move with fashion trends a man who spoke his mind and accumulated many enemies along the way a man who believed he could move mountains and was often right than wrong and eventually was deservedly well regarded by many although he was never without rivals Unfortunately when WWII ended he received little credit rather he was booted out and replaced but he remained humble in his defeats and never truly gave up trying to reenter the fray His influence on the geopolitical stage is still felt today He was prescient in his analysis of many situations was a staunch supporter of Israel believed in maintaining strong ties with America and remaining an enemy of Communism Churchill’s fingerprints are all over the last century and their effects are felt in this one His speeches maintain relevancy even todayThe book is read so beautifully by the author who paints a portrait of an outstanding man willing to buck the standards of the day and march to the beat of his own drummer for the safety and security of England His colorful presentation of this remarkable man complete with the real and the fabled stores about him is mesmerizing His writing style enhances Churchill as a human being one who demanded for himself and others steadfastness and strength in the face of adversity His portrayal of Churchill and Clementine’s relationship is both romantic and touching He draws a picture of a couple that shared a deep love and devotion for many yearsThe book is written almost as an ongoing conversation with the reader The descriptive vocabulary assumes far than a grade school education It is written with a sophisticated knowledge of the English language on a level not often seen today in books for the general public He does not pander to the reader with slang or crude expressions If foul language is used it is pertinent or it is a uote He recites some parts of Churchill’s speeches and his presentation of the man tends to the lyrical and is often humorous I can’t make enough positive remarks about this book its content its prose and its reader

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