Churchill: A Life

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Macmillan, Oct 15, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 1088 pages
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Distilled from years of meticulous research and documentation, filled with material unavailable when the earliest books of the official biography's eight volumes went to press, Churchill is a brilliant marriage of the hard facts of the public life and the intimate details of the private man. The result is a vital portrait of one of the most remarkable men of any age as well as a revealing depiction of a man of extraordinary courage and imagination.

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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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Contents

Childhood
1
Harrow
19
Towards the Army
35
Second Lieutenant
51
In Action
75
To Omdurman and Beyond
85
South Africa Adventure Capture Escape
107
Into Parliament
133
Out of Office
491
The Moment of Truth
535
No Place for Churchill
571
From Munich to War
603
Return to the Admiralty
623
Prime Minister
645
Britain at Bay
679
The Widening War
701

Revolt and Responsibilities
167
The Social Field
193
Home Secretary
211
At the Admiralty
239
The Coming of War in 1914
263
War
277
Isolation and Escape
309
In the Trenches
331
Deep and Ceaseless Torment
361
Minister of Munitions
375
At the War Office
403
Colonial Secretary
431
Return to the Wilderness
455
At the Exchequer
467
Planning for Victory
735
Illness and Recovery
763
Normandy and Beyond
777
War and Diplomacy
803
Advance Britannia
829
An Iron Curtain
843
Mapping the Past Guiding the Future
871
Prime Minister in Peacetime
899
Recovery Last Ambition Resignation
915
Last Years
943
Maps
961
Index
983
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About the author (1992)

One of Britain's most distinguished historians, Martin Gilbert was knighted in 1995. A fellow of Merton College, Oxford, he is also the official biographer of Winston Churchill. Among his books are The Holocaust, The Second World War, Churchill: A Life, Auschwitz and the Allies, The First World War, and Never Again.