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Churchill: A Life


Publisher:Henry Holt and Company



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JACKET PHOTOGRAPH BY: Karsh, courtesy of Woodfin Camp and Associates. A NOTE ON THE JACKET PHOTO: This rarely seen smiling photograph - a favourite with the Churchill family - was taken by Karsh in December 1941 during the same shoot that produced the more widely recognized "Roaring Lion" photograph. To obtain that uncharacteristically scowling shot Karsh plucked the cigar from Churchill's mouth and, an instant later, took the picture. In the dark days of the war, a belligerent leader must have seemed more in keeping with the times than the benevolent shot that appears on this jacket. CONTENTS: List of Illustrations; List of Maps; Preface; Acknowledgements 1 Childhood 2 Harrow 3 Towards the Army 4 Second Lieutenant 5 In Action 6 To Omdurman and Beyond 7 South Africa: Adventure, Capture, Escape 8 Into Parliament 9 Revolt and Responsibilities 10 The Social Field 11 Home Secretary 12 At the Admiralty 13 The Coming of War in 1914 14 War 15 Isolation and Escape 16 In the Trenches 17 'Deep and Ceaseless Torment' 18 Minister of Munitions 19 At the War Office 20 Colonial Secretary 21 Return to the Wilderness 22 At the Exchequer 23 Out of Office 24 The Moment of Truth 25 No Place for Churchill 26 From Munich to War 27 Return to the Admiralty 28 Prime Minister 29 Britain at Bay 30 The Widening War 31 Planning for Victory 32 Illness and Recovery 33 Normandy and Beyond 34 War and Diplomacy 35 'Advance, Britannia!' 36 'An Iron Curtain' 37 Mapping the Past, Guiding the Future 38 Prime Minister in Peacetime 39 Recovery, Last Ambition, Resignation 40 Last Years; Maps; Index. SYNOPSIS: Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born on November 30, 1874, at the family estate at Blenheim, the elder son of Lord and Lady Randolph Churchill. His was a privileged but hardly pampered childhood in which much was demanded but little given. Yet from the first, as this immensely absorbing biography makes clear, there was about him a vitality, energy...

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