Churchill by John Lukacs
Visionary. Statesman. Historian.

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A view of Winston Churchill, the workings of his historical imagination, and his successes and failures as a statesman. In previous works John Lukacs told the story of Churchill's titanic struggle with Adolf Hitler in the early days of World War II. In this text he turns his attention to Churchill the man and visionary statesman. Each chapter of the book provides a portrait of Churchill. Lukacs treats Churchill's vital relationships with Stalin, Roosevelt and Eisenhower, as well as his complex, farsighted political vision concerning the coming of World War II and the Cold War. Lukacs also assesses Churchill's abilities as a historian looking backward into the origins of the conflicts of which he was so much a part. In addition, the author examines the often contradictory ways Churchill has been perceived by critics and admirers alike. The last chapter is an evocation of the three days Lukacs spent in London attending Churchill's funeral in 1965.

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John Lukacs is Emeritus Professor of History at Chestnut Hill College and the author of numerous books, including Five Days in London.
Published September 10, 2002 by Yale University Press. 219 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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In this beautifully written narrative history, Hungarian-born historian Lukacs (Confessions of an Original Sinner, 1989, etc.) follows the momentous 80 days when Hitler seemed on the verge of absolute victory in Europe, and Britain on the edge of extinction.

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A prolific senior historian of modern Europe, Lukacs has written about Churchill many times before, most recently in Five Days in London, May 1940.

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Deseret News

Just as Abraham Lincoln thought the Gettysburg Address was a "flat failure," Winston Churchill's most famous speech as prime minister of England, "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat," seemed unappreciated by the British House of Commons on May 13, 1940.

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The New York Review of Books

Lukacs takes as his text, and as his title, Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat, the first speech Churchill gave as prime minister on May 13, 1940—three days after the German invasion of France—with its bleak warning of sufferings to come, telling Parliament and people “that immediately ahead of them lo...

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Project MUSE

It is not so easy to find respected historians who write admiring words about Churchill.

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The National Interest

Churchill himself, on the other hand, continues to excite enormous interest, especially on this side of the Atlantic.

Dec 01 2002 | Read Full Review of Churchill: Visionary. Statesm...

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