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The Resource Churchill : walking with destiny, Andrew Roberts

Churchill : walking with destiny, Andrew Roberts

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Churchill : walking with destiny
Title
Churchill
Title remainder
walking with destiny
Statement of responsibility
Andrew Roberts
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Author
Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "When we seek an example of great leaders with unalloyed courage, the person who comes to mind is Winston Churchill: the iconic, visionary war leader immune from the consensus of the day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. But how did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on the superior force of Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and so many others had caved? In Churchill, Andrew Roberts gives readers the full and definitive Winston Churchill, from birth to lasting legacy, as personally revealing as it is compulsively readable. Roberts gained exclusive access to extensive new material: transcripts of War Cabinet meetings, diaries, letters and unpublished memoirs from Churchill's contemporaries. The Royal Family permitted Roberts--in a first for a Churchill biographer--to read the detailed notes taken by King George VI in his diary after his weekly meetings with Churchill during World War II. This treasure trove of access allows Roberts to understand the man in revelatory new ways, and to identify the hidden forces fueling Churchill's legendary drive. We think of Churchill as a hero who saved civilization from the evils of Nazism and warned of the grave crimes of Soviet communism, but Roberts's masterwork reveals that he has as much to teach us about the challenges leaders face today--and the fundamental values of courage, tenacity, leadership and moral conviction."--Dust jacket
  • Winston Churchill became an iconic, visionary war leader immune from the consensus of the day, standing firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. Roberts shows how young Winston become Churchill, from birth to lasting legacy. With access to transcripts of War Cabinet meetings, diaries, letters and unpublished memoirs from Churchill's contemporaries-- even detailed notes taken by King George VI in his diary after his weekly meetings with Churchill during World War II-- Roberts came to understand the man in revelatory new ways, and to identify the hidden forces fueling Churchill's legendary drive. -- adapted from jacket
Writing style
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2018
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Roberts (Napoleon: A Life) serves up an extraordinary biography of Winston Churchill. A resolutely pro-British empire “child of the Victorian era” who was emotionally neglected by his aristocratic father and frivolous American-raised mother, Churchill by his 20s had already reported from, fought in, and sometimes written books about imperial struggles in such places as Cuba, Sudan, India, and South Africa. He leveraged fame due to an escape from Boer captivity to win an election to British parliament in 1900 at age 25. As first lord of the admiralty during WWI, he was scapegoated for the military fiasco of Gallipoli in 1915 and cast into the political wilderness, which strengthened his nonconformist, independent nature, Roberts writes, helping him when he became prime minister in 1940. Roberts captures Churchill’s close working relationship with FDR (“the greatest American friend we have ever known”), his distrust of his chiefs of staff, and his excessive faith in Stalin’s promises in 1945. He also captures the man, dispelling the myth that Churchill was prone to depression and revealing his deep love for his wife, Clementine; his egotism, his wit, his loyalty to friends, his penchant sometimes for “selfishness, insensitivity, and ruthlessness”; and his “sybaritic” love of good drink and cigars. This biography is exhaustively researched, beautifully written and paced, deeply admiring but not hagiographic, and empathic and balanced in its judgments—a magnificent achievement. Agent: Georgina Capel, Georgina Capel Assoc. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed 09/24/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 39, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ With his latest work, best-selling author Roberts (Napoleon: A Life) presents a well-researched and exceptionally well-written biography of former British prime minister Winston Churchill (1874–1965). As in the author's equally fine biography of Napoleon, the goal here is neither to glorify nor condemn, but rather to distinguish what led Churchill to greatness. Roberts relays how Churchill believed heritage and character predestined him for his role, and how even Churchill's failures contributed to later successes. Access to previously unavailable archives allows Roberts to paint a detailed portrait of a man he clearly, and deservedly, reveres. The author shows how Churchill found a way to appeal to Englishmen of all classes and mobilize their latent patriotism. This lively story retells the politician's time in captivity during the Second Boer War, an experience that impacted his life and career, especially his later diplomatic relations with Italy and Germany as prime minister. It's easy to agree with Roberts that history would be vastly different if Churchill had not led England during this pivotal time in history. VERDICT This compelling book is likely to become a standard text on Churchill and will be difficult to keep on the shelves. --David Keymer (Reviewed 11/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 19, p83)
  • /* Starred Review */ Sprawling life of the great British leader, drawing on previously unavailable documents, including notes of wartime counsels kept by King George VI. No stranger to big biographies or larger-than-life subjects, historian and commentator Roberts (Napoleon: A Life, 2014, etc.) faces a special challenge with Winston Churchill (1874-1965), who closely documented himself and still has managed to inspire a roomful of books. Roberts adds materially to the library by consulting troves of documents unknown or not open to other researchers. He also has a sense of both drama and character as well as the context of Churchill's time. As the author writes early on, Churchill "was born into a caste that held immense political and economic power in the largest empire in world history, and that had not yet become plagued by insecurity and self-doubt." Sometimes Churchill's overconfidence led to disaster, as at Gallipoli; other times it helped his nation steel itself for war, as with his "fight them on the beaches" speech at the dawn of World War II. Roberts turns up fascinating fragments, including solid evidence that Churchill was not always the pro-American some biographers have claimed him to be: "You have to try and understand and master America and make her like you," counseled his wife, Clementine. Better still, the narrative underscores Churchill's attention to the smallest details while seeing the big picture of global strategy in matters such as handling an always-fraught alliance with the Soviet Union against Hitler and laying the groundwork for a postwar world with plenty of tensions of its own, including the question of a Jewish state in Palestine. Roberts' portrait comes warts and all, allowing, for instance, that the leader who decried Nazi air attacks on London would order the leveling by bombing of whole German cities. The author delivers a clear, well-limned view of a complex figure who, in no danger of being forgotten, continues to inspire. The most comprehensive single-volume biography of Churchill that we have in print and a boon for any student of the statesman and his times. (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2018)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10738746
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Roberts, Andrew
Dewey number
  • 941.084092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
  • genealogical tables
Index
index present
LC call number
DA566.9.C5
LC item number
R576 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Churchill, Winston
  • Prime ministers
  • Statesmen
  • Politicians
  • Great Britain
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State
  • HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century
  • HISTORY / Military / World War II
  • Great Britain
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
walking with destiny
Label
Churchill : walking with destiny, Andrew Roberts
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 983-1006) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part 1. The preparation. -- A famous name : November 1874-January 1895 -- Ambition under fire : January 1895-July 1898 -- From Omdurman to Oldham via Pretoria : August 1898-October 1900 -- Crossing the floor : October 1900-December 1905 -- Liberal imperialist : January 1906-April 1908 -- Love and liberalism : April 1908-February 1910 -- Home Secretary : February 1910-September 1911 -- First Lord of the Admiralty : October 1911-August 1914 -- 'This glorious, delicious war' : August 1914-March 1915 -- Gallipoli : March-November 1915 -- Plug Street to victory : November 1915- November 1918 -- Coalition politics : November 1918-November 1922 -- Redemption : November 1922-May 1926 -- Crash : June 1926-January 1931 -- Into the wilderness : January 1931-October 1933 -- Sounding the alarm : October 1933-March 1936 -- Apotheosis of appeasement : March 1936-October 1938 -- Vindication : October 1938-September 1939 -- 'Winston is back' : September 1939-May 1940 -- Seizing the premiership : May 1940 -- Part 2. The trial. -- The fall of France : May-June 1940 ; The Battle of Britain : June-September 1940 -- The Blitz : September 1940-January 1941 -- 'Keep buggering on' : January-June 1941 -- 'Being met together' : June 1941-January 1942 -- Disaster : January-June 1942 -- Desert victory : June-November 1942 -- 'One continent redeemed' : November 1942-September 1943 -- The hard underbelly : September 1943-June 1944 -- Liberation : June 1944-January 1945 -- Victory and defeat : January-July 1945 -- Opposition : August 1945-October 1951 -- Indian summer : October 1951-April 1955 -- 'Long sunset' : April 1955-January 1965 -- Conclusion : 'Walking with destiny'
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 1105 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781101980996
Lccn
2018419006
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps, genealogical table
System control number
(OCoLC)1023098723
Label
Churchill : walking with destiny, Andrew Roberts
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 983-1006) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part 1. The preparation. -- A famous name : November 1874-January 1895 -- Ambition under fire : January 1895-July 1898 -- From Omdurman to Oldham via Pretoria : August 1898-October 1900 -- Crossing the floor : October 1900-December 1905 -- Liberal imperialist : January 1906-April 1908 -- Love and liberalism : April 1908-February 1910 -- Home Secretary : February 1910-September 1911 -- First Lord of the Admiralty : October 1911-August 1914 -- 'This glorious, delicious war' : August 1914-March 1915 -- Gallipoli : March-November 1915 -- Plug Street to victory : November 1915- November 1918 -- Coalition politics : November 1918-November 1922 -- Redemption : November 1922-May 1926 -- Crash : June 1926-January 1931 -- Into the wilderness : January 1931-October 1933 -- Sounding the alarm : October 1933-March 1936 -- Apotheosis of appeasement : March 1936-October 1938 -- Vindication : October 1938-September 1939 -- 'Winston is back' : September 1939-May 1940 -- Seizing the premiership : May 1940 -- Part 2. The trial. -- The fall of France : May-June 1940 ; The Battle of Britain : June-September 1940 -- The Blitz : September 1940-January 1941 -- 'Keep buggering on' : January-June 1941 -- 'Being met together' : June 1941-January 1942 -- Disaster : January-June 1942 -- Desert victory : June-November 1942 -- 'One continent redeemed' : November 1942-September 1943 -- The hard underbelly : September 1943-June 1944 -- Liberation : June 1944-January 1945 -- Victory and defeat : January-July 1945 -- Opposition : August 1945-October 1951 -- Indian summer : October 1951-April 1955 -- 'Long sunset' : April 1955-January 1965 -- Conclusion : 'Walking with destiny'
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 1105 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781101980996
Lccn
2018419006
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps, genealogical table
System control number
(OCoLC)1023098723

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