Winston's War by Max Hastings
Churchill, 1940-1945

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A vivid and incisive portrait of Winston Churchill during wartime from acclaimed historian Max Hastings, Winston’s War captures the full range of Churchill’s endlessly fascinating character. At once brilliant and infuriating, self-important and courageous, Hastings’s Churchill comes brashly to life as never before.

Beginning in 1940, when popular demand elevated Churchill to the role of prime minister, and concluding with the end of the war, Hastings shows us Churchill at his most intrepid and essential, when, by sheer force of will, he kept Britain from collapsing in the face of what looked like certain defeat. Later, we see his significance ebb as the United States enters the war and the Soviets turn the tide on the Eastern Front. But Churchill, Hastings reminds us, knew as well as anyone that the war would be dominated by others, and he managed his relationships with the other Allied leaders strategically, so as to maintain Britain’s influence and limit Stalin’s gains.

At the same time, Churchill faced political peril at home, a situation for which he himself was largely to blame. Hastings shows how Churchill nearly squandered the miraculous escape of the British troops at Dunkirk and failed to address fundamental flaws in the British Army. His tactical inaptitude and departmental meddling won him few friends in the military, and by 1942, many were calling for him to cede operational control. Nevertheless, Churchill managed to exude a public confidence that brought the nation through the bitter war.

Hastings rejects the traditional Churchill hagiography while still managing to capture what he calls Churchill’s “appetite for the fray.” Certain to be a classic, Winston’s War is a riveting profile of one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century.


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About Max Hastings

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MAX HASTINGS is the author of more than twenty books, most recently Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945. He has served as a foreign correspondent and as the editor of Britain's Evening Standard and The Daily Telegraph. He has received numerous British Press Awards, including journalist of the year in 1982 and editor of the year in 1988. He lives outside London.













Author Residence: London, England
 
Published April 17, 2010 by Vintage. 609 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Hastings encompasses viewpoints by other Churchill scholars, such as Roy Jenkins and David Reynolds, and delves into the archives of cultural history for some touchy revelations—specifically regarding the general disappointment in the British soldiers’ fighting spirit and the feeling that the Uni...

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Max Hastings shows that, as a military leader, Winston Churchill showed brilliance early in the war, then fallibility.

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“One of the few useful purposes fulfilled by British battleships in the Second World War,” Mr. Hastings writes, “was to convey Churchill on his wartime journeys in a style befitting the arbiter of an embattled empire.” When Churchill became prime minister, his immediate objective had been to brin...

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Christian Science Monitor

Winston Churchill’s singular accomplishment was his heroic leadership of Britain during the darkest days of World War II.

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Hastings, perhaps our finest historian of World War II, endorses Churchill's greatness -- but he also chips away at the myths that have encrusted the British war experience in a shell of hoary clichés.

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NJ.com

A tragedy of historiography is that William Manchester never completed his monumental biography of Winston Churchill, “The Last Lion,” leaving the reader just as Churchill was about to reach his finest hour as the wartime leader of Great Britain.

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Beginning in 1940, when popular demand elevated Churchill to the role of prime minister, and concluding with the end of the war, Hastings shows us Churchill at his most intrepid and essential, when, by sheer force of will, he kept Britain from collapsing in the face of what looked like ce...

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California Literary Review

The King’s Speech features Timothy Spall, a seasoned character actor perhaps best known known for his villainous turns in Sweeney Todd and the Harry Potter films, in the role of Churchill.

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California Literary Review

“The country is beginning to say that he fights debates like a war and the war like a debate.” Other left-wing pundits compared Churchill’s apparently inept leadership with the Soviet war effort under the redoubtable dictator, Joseph Stalin.

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