Winston Churchill by John Keegan

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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.

About John Keegan

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John Keegan is one of the most distinguished contemporary military historians and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is the author of twenty books, including his bestselling The First World War.
Published October 30, 2007 by Penguin Books. 208 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Travel, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Keegan gives us a Churchill who, for most of his life, was essentially alone—“Churchill’s life,” the author remarks, “is remarkable for its paucity of friendships: few in youth, eventually none at all.” Friendless he may have been, but Churchill set out early on to accomplish great things as both...

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The Old Testament and The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire were the most important influences on one of the 20th century's great wartime leaders. These b

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To get a feel for how Churchill's early public life shaped his later public life, you can either wade through Manchester's readable books, or you can pick up John Keegan's sketch, Winston Churchill, as part of the Penguin Lives series.

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Winston Churchill: A Life by John Keegan (2002).

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Roosevelt, nor Marshal Josef Stalin nor Hitler left any firsthand narrative of their roles in the direction of the war, so Churchill's record is acutely revealing, an extraordinary achievement of comprehensiveness, sweep, objectivity and artistry.

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