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Churchill: A Biography

2 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Roy Jenkins

Winston Churchill was querulous, childish, self-indulgent, and difficult, writes English historian Roy Jenkins. But he was also brilliant, tenacious, and capable--in short, "the greatest human being ever to occupy 10 Downing Street." Jenkins's book stands … see full wiki

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Author: Roy Jenkins
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2 reviews about Churchill: A Biography
review by . June 04, 2002
This is a massive volume and yet (perhaps inevitably) incomplete which suggests the epic nature and scope of its subject. As a single-volume source of information and analysis, I rate this just behind Sir Gilbert's biography but it is a superb achievement nonetheless. At least to some extent, this is a memoir of Jenkins' own experiences during "The Churchill Years" during which he (Jenkins) was centrally involved in the British government. The material is carefully organized within six Parts: A …
review by . February 13, 2002
This is a very long book, but then, Winston Churchill had a very long and productive life. It's very interesting reading, although occasionally the author goes so deeply into minutia that my eyes glazed over and my brain threatened to shut down completely. One of the problems I had with the book, excellent though it was, is that I couldn't follow closely enough the intricacies of the British Parliamentary system. This, I realize, isn't the author's fault, but my own unfamiliality with how politics …
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