In the Footsteps of Churchill

In the Footsteps of Churchill As one of the most admired political leaders of the twentieth century Winston Churchill holds iconic status in popular memory But in this incisive new biography acclaimed military historian Richard

  • Title: In the Footsteps of Churchill
  • Author: Richard Holmes
  • ISBN: 9780465030828
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As one of the most admired political leaders of the twentieth century, Winston Churchill holds iconic status in popular memory But in this incisive new biography, acclaimed military historian Richard Holmes offers a remarkable reappraisal of Churchill by examining the influences that shaped his character Drawing upon never before seen materials such as letters between thAs one of the most admired political leaders of the twentieth century, Winston Churchill holds iconic status in popular memory But in this incisive new biography, acclaimed military historian Richard Holmes offers a remarkable reappraisal of Churchill by examining the influences that shaped his character Drawing upon never before seen materials such as letters between the young Churchill and his parents, Holmes paints the most complete portrait to date of the man who stood up to Hitler and led his people to victory against all odds.Detailing the decisive events of Churchill s life from his childhood to his experiences in the Boer War through his rapid rise in politics Holmes demonstrates the central role Churchill s character played in the key decisions of his public life With an already inflated sense of self, Churchill had several lucky escapes in combat in the Boer War and in the trenches of WWI convincing him that he was saved for a reason and was destined for greatness In the Footsteps of Churchill uncovers a surprisingly different Churchill both admirable and difficult through the lens of his character.

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    1. Quite enjoyed this book although it seems to get bogged down with a lot of obscure detail from time to time. It seems to peter out a bit as well. Couple of interesting things I learnt:Winston first came under fire in Cuba in 1895 while observing the counter-insurgency war being fought by the Spanish.Winston advocated dropping poison gas on the Kurds in Iraq but was overruled by the cabinet.During the Potsdam conference Winston and Attlee broke off for two days to return to the UK to hear the ele [...]

    2. This is a readable, balanced,and somewhat unique study of Churchill's character by a military historian of some acclaim.In the footsteps of Churchill is an autobiography that focuses on what produced Churchill and his character and how that character went on to change the world. This book is less about dates, times, and places and more about personalities, ideas, concepts, and the overall picture. An excellent resource that is enlightening, interesting, and well researched. Recommended.

    3. Interesting, although hard going at times probably due to all the politics. Certainly furthered my knowledge of Churchill but I wasn't blown away by it.

    4. This book promised psychological insight, but it fell short on the historical detail. I could have done with less of Freud and more of Winston.

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