Churchill

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Robert Blake, William Roger Louis
Clarendon Press, Feb 29, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 581 pages
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Churchill was an extraordinary figure. There has never been anyone quite like him, and inevitably legends have accumulated. How can he be treated both realistically and fairly after so much has been written about his controversial career by himself and others? This is a fresh look at Churchill and his role in twentieth-century history.Each of the authors in this book is an authority on at least one aspect of Churchill's life. The result is a fascinating interplay of ideas about his policies and motives. Some of it is critical and unflattering. Even the greatest of statesmen can make mistakes and misjudgements, and Churchill was at the centre of the political scene for more that half a century. Yet he emerges with both his integrity and his greatness intact. His achievement seems as remarkable as ever. The picture thatis drawn by this lively and readable study is of an astonishing personality with some flaws but also with immense strengths. The book provides a fuller understanding of how Churchill came to be, in A.J.P. Taylor's words, `the saviour of his nation'.
 

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Expert essays on a fascinating subject, edited by Blake (A History of Rhodesia, 1978, etc.) and Louis (English History and Culture/Univ. of Texas). The editors have rounded up 29 specialists who ... Read full review

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This excellent collection stems from a 1991 conference at the University of Texas, where 27 distinguished participants offered these distillations of their expertise on topics ranging over Churchill's ... Read full review

Contents

1 Churchill and the Pitfalls of Family Piety
9
2 Churchill and Germany
21
3 Churchill and France
41
4 Churchill and Social Reform
57
5 Churchills Economic Ideas 19001930
79
6 Churchill and Lloyd George
97
7 Churchill and the Labour Movement
113
8 Churchill and the First World War
129
Churchill Roosevelt and the Special Relationship
291
18 Churchill and Stalin
309
19 Churchills Strategy
327
20 Churchill and the Defence Chiefs
353
21 Churchill and the Navy
375
22 Churchill and Eisenhower in the Second World War
397
23 Churchill and the Use of Special Intelligence
407
24 Churchill and Science
427

9 Churchill and Zionism
147
10 Churchill and the British Empire
167
11 Churchill and the Monarchy
187
12 Churchill and Appeasement
199
13 Churchill Radio and Cinema
215
The Worst and Finest Hour
241
15 How Churchill Became Prime Minister
257
19041942
275
25 Churchill and Europe
443
26 Churchill and India
457
27 Churchill and Egypt 19461956
473
The Government of 19511955
491
29 Churchill the Parliamentarian Orator and Statesman
503
Notes
519
Index
565
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About the author (1996)

Robert Blake is former Provost of The Queen's College, Oxford. William Roger Lewis is Kerr Professor of English History and Culture at the University of Texas, and a fellow of St Anthony's College, Oxford.

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