The Churchills by Mary S. Lovell
In Love and War

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The epic story of one of England's greatest families, focusing on the towering figure of Winston Churchill.

The first Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722) was a soldier of such genius that a lavish palace, Blenheim, was built to honor his triumphs. Succeeding generations of Churchills sometimes achieved distinction but also included profligates and womanizers, and were saddled with the ruinous upkeep of Blenheim. The family fortunes were revived in the nineteenth century by the huge dowries of New York society beauties Jennie Jerome (Winston's mother) and Consuelo Vanderbilt (wife to Winston's cousin).

Mary S. Lovell brilliantly recounts the triumphant political and military campaigns, the construction of great houses, the domestic tragedies, and the happy marriage of Winston to Clementine Hosier set against the disastrous unions of most of his family, which ended in venereal disease, papal annulment, clinical depression, and adultery.

The Churchills were an extraordinary family: ambitious, impecunious, impulsive, brave, and arrogant. Winston—recently voted "The Greatest Briton"—dominates them all. His failures and triumphs are revealed in the context of a poignant and sometimes tragic private life.

About Mary S. Lovell

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Mary S. Lovell's best-selling biographies include Straight on Till Morning (Beryl Markham) and The Sisters (the Mitford family). She lives in England.
Published May 9, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 673 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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This history of the Churchill clan skips the oratory and war-making in favor of juicy domestic tangles.

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A vivid introduction to this family of English aristocrats is best appreciated as an affectionate portrait of Winston Churchill.

May 08 2011 | Read Full Review of The Churchills: In Love and War

The Telegraph

The story of Winston’s parents, Lord Randolph Churchill – brother of the eighth Duke – and Jennie Jerome, has been covered so exhaustively by other writers that it is hard for Lovell to make any new inroads, but she backs up the diagnosis of syphilis as the cause of Lord Randolph’s death...

Mar 25 2011 | Read Full Review of The Churchills: In Love and War

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