Churchill and War

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Bloomsbury, Nov 15, 2006 - History - 360 pages
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Winston Churchill saved Britain and Europe by his incomparable leadership in the Second World War. His involvement in war, hoever, stretched over a far longer period and was one of the main themes of his long life. Cavalryman at Omdurman, infantry colonel in the trenches of World War I, First Lord of the Admiralty, as well as a wartime Prime Minister, he also wrote copiously about war as war correspondent, journalist and historian. Personally brave, he was both excited and repelled by war, and was a powerful strategic thinker. Geoffrey Best shows the importance of war in Churchill's career as a whole, from his early days as a hussar in India to his attempts to control the threat of the nuclear bomb. His leadership in the Second World War, which is fully covered, owed much to what he had learnt from earlier wars. Churchill and War, which is not afraid to tackle the question of his strategic bombing of Germany, is a rounded portrait of Churchill the warrior.

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Geoffrey Best began his academic life in Cambridge, as undergraduate and research student at Trinity College and then as a History Fellow of Trinity Hall. He went on to teach history at the Universities of Edinburgh and Sussex and, after six years as Academic Visitor at the L S E, ended up teaching International Relations at St Antony's College, University of Oxford. He has held visiting posts at the Universities of Harvard and Chicago and at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre, Washington DC. His previous publications include Humanity in Warfare, Honour among Men and Nations, War and Society in Revolutionary Europe and the prize-winning pair, War and Law since 1945 and Churchill: a Study in Greatness He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003.

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