Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

Book - 2002
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When today's world leaders need inspiration and strength in times of crisis, they often turn to Winston Churchill, quoting him and citing his heroic example. The son of a member of Parliament, Churchill, a poor academic student, wanted to be a soldier early in life. But after he escaped from a South African prison camp, his national fame catapulted him into a life of politics.

In this Penguin Life, the eminent historian John Keegan charts Churchill's career, following his steadfast leadership during the catastrophic events of World War II while England was dangerously poised on the brink of collapse. With wonderful eloquence, Keegan illuminates Churchill's incredible strength during this crucial moment in history and his unshakable belief that democracy would always prevail. Keegan looks at Churchill's speeches, which are some of the greatest examples of English oratory, and identifies his ability to communicate his own idea of an English past as the source of Churchill's greatness. He also sheds light on the political climate of Churchill's time. The result is an insightful, sensitive portrait of Churchill the war leader and Churchill the man.
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2002
ISBN: 9780670030798
Branch Call Number: 941.084092 Churc-K 3558ad 1
Characteristics: vii, 196 p. --


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Sep 01, 2011

An uplifting, all-be-it one-sided book, Keegen drew me in quickly and continued with an excellent writing style. He glosses over Churchill's flaws to focus on Mr. Winston: the hero.

Remembering little about this time period, I was annoyed with a few lesser-known historical references and found the time-line to be slightly blurry.

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