Churchill by Paul Johnson

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An acclaimed historian presents a revelatory look at the greatest statesman of the twentieth century

For eminent historian Paul Johnson, Winston Churchill remains an enigma in need of unraveling. Soldier, parliamentarian, Prime Minister, orator, painter, writer, husband, and leader—all of these facets combine to make Churchill one of the most complex and fascinating personalities in history.

In Churchill, Johnson applies a wide lens and an unconventional approach to illuminate the various phases of Churchill’s career. From his adventures as a young cavalry officer in the service of the Empire to his role as an elder statesman prophesying the advent of the Cold War, Johnson shows how Churchill’s immense adaptability combined with his natural pugnacity to make him a formidable leader for the better part of a century. Johnson’s narration of Churchill’s many triumphs and setbacks, rich with anecdote and quotation, illustrates the man’s humor, resilience, courage, and eccentricity as no other biography before.

Winston Churchill’s hold on contemporary readers has never slackened, and Paul Johnson’s lively, concise biography will appeal to historians and general nonfiction readers alike.

About Paul Johnson

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Paul Johnson is a historian whose work ranges across the millennia and the whole gamut of human activities. He contributes a weekly essay to "The Spectator" and a monthly column to "Forbes", and lectures around the world. He lives in London.
Published September 23, 2009 by Penguin Books. 183 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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In this enthusiastic yet first-rate biography, veteran British historian Johnson (Modern Times ) asserts that Winston Churchill (1874–1965) was the 20th cen

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The Washington Times

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Any new book by Paul Johnson is a matter of notice and celebration. Mr. Johnson, an amateur historian in the very best sense of the word, has an excellent claim to being the most widely read and intellectually influential historian in the world over the past half century. His histories of the Eng...

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National Review Online

At the end of Impromptus today — where we traditionally let our hair down — I have a little remembrance of Bum Phillips.

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California Literary Review

He had had no direct experience of Bolshevism, as Churchill had, and did not hate Communism with every fiber of his being, as Churchill did.

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