Churchill: A Life

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Pimlico, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 1066 pages
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This edition of the highly acclaimed one-volume CHURCHILL- A LIFE, is the story of adventure. It follows Winston Chrchill from his earliest days to his moments of triumph. Here, the drama and excitement of his story are ever-present, as are his tremendous qualities in peace and war, not least as an orator and as a man of vision. Martin Gilbert gives us a vivid portrait, using Churchill's most personal letters and the recollections of his contemporaries, both friends and enemies, to go behind the scenes of some of the stormiest and most fascinating political events of our time, dominated by two world wars, and culminating in the era of the Iron Curtain and the hydrogen bomb. 'A stupendous book. He has told the truth. ' A. J. P. Taylor 'One of the greatest histories of our time. ' Margaret Thatcher

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Even the most historically illiterate students are familiar with the role Winston Churchill played in the victory over Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, many students of history remain uninformed of the ... Read full review

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Immensely enjoyable and informative, albeit a little tedious in a few places. Gilbert is a master at gathering information and using it in a way that makes one feel directly attached to the central ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Martin Gilbert was born in London in 1936. After two years of National Service, he read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1962 he was elected to a Fellowship at Merton College, Oxford, and in the same year became research assistant to Randolph Churchill, then writing the first two volumes of his father's official biography. On Randolph's death in 1968, Gilbert was asked to complete the biography. The eighth and final volume was published in 1988. In addition to these narrative volumes, Gilbert has continued to edit the multi-volume documentary series of Churchill's letters and documents. His numerous publications include Churchill- A Photographic Portraitand Continue to Pester, Nag and Bite- Churchill's War Leadership (both available from Pimlico). He was knighted in 1995.

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