Winston Churchill: A Life

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Penguin, Oct 30, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
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One of the greatest historians writing today gives us a defining portrait of the incomparable Winston Churchill

In his landmark biography of Winston Churchill, acclaimed historian John Keegan offers a very human portrait of one of the twentieth century's enduring symbols of heroic defiance. From Churchill's youth as a poor student to his leadership during World War II, Keegan reveals a man whose own idea of an English past—eloquently embodied in his speeches—allowed him to exhort a nation to unprecedented levels of sacrifice. The result is a uniquely discerning look at one of the most fascinating personalities in history.

“The best military historian of our generation.” –Tom Clancy

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Review: Winston Churchill (Penguin Lives)

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Simple proof that vigorous writing can be concise. Keegan's charming little biography does a consistently excellent job describing the major events and character traits of Churchill, while maintaining ... Read full review

Review: Winston Churchill (Penguin Lives)

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Absolutely stunning writing. To cover a life like Churchill's in 200+ pages requires a crisp, methodical condensed style. And Keegan does it perfectly. I found the amount of detail Keegan could include simply remarkable, and also found it very hard to put down the book. Read full review


CHAPTER ONE Churchill and History
CHAPTER THREE The Army 18941900
CHAPTER FIVE The Center of Events 19101915
CHAPTER SEVEN The Coming of War 19331940
CHAPTER NINE The Big Three 19411945

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Sir John Desmond Patrick Keegan (1934–2012), was one of the most distinguished contemporary military historians and was for many years the senior lecturer at Sandhurst (the British Royal Military Academy) and the defense editor of the Daily Telegraph (London). Keegan was the author of numerous books including The Face of Battle, The Mask of Command, The Price of Admiralty, Six Armies in Normandy, and The Second World War, and was a fellow at the Royal Society of Literature.

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