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|Title: Churchill Defiant: Fighting On: 1945-1955 - eBook|
By: Barbara Leaming
Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: HarperCollins e-books
|Publication Date: 2010|
Stock No: WW71022EB
New York Times bestselling biographer Barbara Leaming has written a riveting political dramaof the last ten years of Winston Churchill's public life.
In Churchill Defiant, Leaming tells the tumultuous behind-the-scenes story of Churchill's refusal to retire after his 1945 electoral defeat, and the bare-knuckled political and personal battles that ensued. Her ground-breaking biography Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman, was the first to detail Churchill's extraordinary influence on Kennedy's thinking. Now in Churchill Defiant, Leaming gives us a vivid and compelling narrative that sheds fresh light on both the human dimension of Winston Churchill and on the struggles and achievements of his final years. At last, in Leaming's eloquent account, we understand the tangled web of personal relationships and rivalries, the intricate interplay of past and present, the looming sense of history that makes the story of these years as fascinating as anything in the extraordinary century-long saga of Winston Churchill's life.
2010 Churchill Book of the Year . . . . Leamings insight is extraordinary. — Richard Langworth, Finest Hour: The Journal of Winston Churchill
Never give in! The fighting spirit of Winston Churchill comes alive in Barbara Leamings brutal chronicle of the great mans second premiership. — Chris Matthews, Host of MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews"
I knew Winston Churchill in his last yearsas well as a callow 18-year-old can know a great man and world leader more than half a century older; and I am astounded at Barbara Leamings almost uncanny perception of the workings of his mind. — John Julius Norwich, author of A History of Venice
Sympathetic and highly readable Leaming takes the reader on an intimate cruise of British politics. — San Francisco Chronicle
The plot, which covers the last 10 years of [Churchills] political life, could hardly be more gripping. . . . Barbara Leaming has fashioned a poignant narrative. Like any good storyteller, she focuses sharply on the protagonist and his aspirations. . . . Compelling. — Sunday Times (London)
Insightful and highly entertaining Leamings masterfully written and intimate book is a rich insiders tale of back-stairs palace intrigue. Her superb sources provide wonderful insight into the personalities of the players and Leaming brings them alive in this period as few other authors have done. — Sarasota Herald Tribune
Leaming tells a rousing story. . . . This is exciting historical writing. . . . Churchill was the greatest figure of an epic century. You need to know about the last ten years of his public life. — Liz Smith
Accomplished biographer Leaming tracks Winston Churchills masterful postwar comeback. . . . A lively chronicle. . . . Tight, polished and effectively focused on the lesser-known end of Churchills career. — Kirkus Reviews
Absorbing. . . . Illuminating. . . . Eminently readable political history. — Booklist
Fascinating. . . . A memorable and very readable portrait of one of the 20th centurys towering figures. — Roanoke Times
Leaming has produced a splendid book about Britains last lion. Even in winter, he never lost his roar. — Washington Times
Leaming spins a gripping yarn of epic dimensions .A moving chronicle of one extraordinary mans determination to overcome seemingly crushing adversity In the true sense of the word, it is a great story A fascinating take on momentous events, with a truly human hero at its heart. — Eastern Daily Press (UK)
A fascinating new book. — Daily Express (London)
A well-written book . . . . Full of interesting details . . . . The manner in which Leaming has captured the essential Winston commands our admiration. — Church Times (UK)
Colorful details abound. . . . A beguiling portrait of a leading politician who refuses to acknowledge his waning powers. — Daily Express (London)
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