Churchill: Walking with Destiny

January 30, 2020 - Comment

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERA SUNDAY TIMES, THE TIMES, ECONOMIST, DAILY TELEGRAPH, EVENING STANDARD, OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR ‘Undoubtedly the best single-volume life of Churchill ever written’ Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times A magnificently fresh and unexpected biography of Churchill, by one of Britain’s most acclaimed historians Winston Churchill towers over every other figure in twentieth-century British

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
A SUNDAY TIMES, THE TIMES, ECONOMIST, DAILY TELEGRAPH, EVENING STANDARD, OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR

‘Undoubtedly the best single-volume life of Churchill ever written’ Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

A magnificently fresh and unexpected biography of Churchill, by one of Britain’s most acclaimed historians

Winston Churchill towers over every other figure in twentieth-century British history. By the time of his death at the age of 90 in 1965, many thought him to be the greatest man in the world.

There have been over a thousand previous biographies of Churchill. Andrew Roberts now draws on over forty new sources, including the private diaries of King George VI, used in no previous Churchill biography to depict him more intimately and persuasively than any of its predecessors. The book in no way conceals Churchill’s faults and it allows the reader to appreciate his virtues and character in full: his titanic capacity for work (and drink), his ability see the big picture, his willingness to take risks and insistence on being where the action was, his good humour even in the most desperate circumstances, the breadth and strength of his friendships and his extraordinary propensity to burst into tears at unexpected moments. Above all, it shows us the wellsprings of his personality – his lifelong desire to please his father (even long after his father’s death) but aristocratic disdain for the opinions of almost everyone else, his love of the British Empire, his sense of history and its connection to the present.

During the Second World War, Churchill summoned a particular scientist to see him several times for technical advice. ‘It was the same whenever we met’, wrote the young man, ‘I had a feeling of being recharged by a source of living power.’ Harry Hopkins, President Roosevelt’s emissary, wrote ‘Wherever he was, there was a battlefront.’ Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, Churchill’s essential partner in strategy and most severe critic in private, wrote in his diary, ‘I thank God I was given such an opportunity of working alongside such a man, and of having my eyes opened to the fact that occasionally supermen exist on this earth.’

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Anonymous says:

The rave reviews are deserved. This is how a biography should be written. Detailed but gripping; appreciative of the subject but clear about failings as well as genius. What a read: impossible to put down!

Anonymous says:

Churchill, Walking with Destiny Described by the critics as the best single-volume about Churchill ever written this wonderful book is not to be missed.Andrew Roberts writes with clarity and charm about the great man; his amazing resilience, courage and wit, as well as his almost superhuman capacity for work, and of course his incomparable powers of oratory. More than that, there are details and quotes and stories that most of us didn’t know before. The book is tremendously enjoyable and a huge achievement.

Anonymous says:

A benchmark in Biography from Andrew Roberts After his superlative biography of Napoleon, it may have been difficult to contemplate Andrew Roberts producing a finer work but in Churchill: Walking with Destiny, his latest book, he has succeeded. The clue is in the title. The first part of the book exams Churchill’s experiences of life as a front line soldier and senior politician before the momentous events of May 1940 which the author is at pains to explain provided Winston with the hard won knowledge that formed his views on how to run…

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