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Nov 05, 2002 | ISBN 9780452283527

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Praise for Churchill

“From Roy Jenkins’s masterly biography, we emerge marveling at the manifold gifts that informed Churchill’s genius for leadership…Jenkins proves equal to the daunting scale of his subject.”—Harold Evans, New York Times Book Review

“One might wonder whether anything fresh remains to be said about Winston Churchill, but Roy Jenkins uniquely combines the skills of a master biographer with the insights of a practical politician and draws a fresh portrait of the great Englishman with authority, elegance, and wit. This is far and away Churchill’s best one-volume biography.”—Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

“This is a splendid addition to Churchillian lore, a chronicle full of revealing personal anecdotes, delightful wartime vignettes, and fascinating new insights into the critical 1939-1945 years.”—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“Wryly astute…shrewd.”—The Washington Post
“Jenkins catches Churchill’s studied self-inspection with the sure-shot sharpness of an expert portraitist.”—Simon Schama, The New York Review of Books
“Churchill stands forth with Shakespearean bravura as the necessary hero for the most testing moment of national (and world) crisis. A satisfying summation of an unsurpassed life.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune 

“Lord Jenkins of Hillhead is an outstanding biographer…it has the narrative power, sweep and sparkle of the author in his prime.”The Times

Table Of Contents

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Glossary of Parliamentary Terms

PART ONE A Brash Young Man 1874-1908
    1. A Doubtful Provenance
    2. Subaltern of Empire and Journalist of Opportunity
    3. Oldham and South Africa
    4. Tory into Liberal
    5. Convert into Minister
    6. An Upwardly Mobile Under-Secretary

PART TWO The Glow-worm Glows: The Morning was Golden 1908-1914
    7. Two Hustings and an Altar
    8. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice at the Board of Trade
    9. A Young Home Secretary
    10. From Prisons to Warships
    11. ‘The Ruler of the King’s Navee’
    12. Churchill in Asquithland

PART THREE The Noontide was Bronze 1914-1918
    13. A Flailing First Lord
    14. Last Months at the Admiralty
    15. Finished at Forty?
    16. An Improbable Colonel and a Misjudged Re-entry
    17. Lloyd George’s Ambulance Wagon Arrives a Little Late
    18. Making the Most of Munitions

PART FOUR Hesitant Afternoon Sunshine 1919-1939
    19. Anti-Bolshevik Crusader and Irish Peacemaker
    20. A Politician without a Party or a Seat
    21. Gold and Strikes
    22. A Relentless Writer
    23. Cuckoo out of the Nest
    24. Unwisdom in the Wilderness
    25. An Early Alarm Clock
    26. Arms and the Covenant
    27. From the Abdication to Munich
    28. The Last Year of the Peace

PART FIVE The Saviour of his Country and the Light of the World? 1939-1945
    29. Quiet War with Germany and Uneasy Peace with Chamberlain
    30. Through Disaster in the Fjords to Triumph in Downing Street
    31. Twenty-One Days in May
    32. The Terrible Beauty of the Summer of 1940
    33. The Battle of Britain and the Beginning of the Blitz
    34. No Longer Alone
    35. The Anglo-American Marriage Ceremony
    36. The Hinge Year
    37. 1943: From Casablanca to Teheran
    38. The Return to France
    39. The Beginning of the End
    40. Victory in Europe and Defeat in Britain

PART SIX Was the Evening Leaden? 1945-1965
    41. ‘The English Patient’
    42. Two Elections and a Resurrection
    43. A Consensual Government
    44. ‘An Aeroplane … with the Petrol Running Out’
    45. A Celebration and a Last Exit
    46. The Sun Sinks Slow, How Slowly


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