|Publisher:||Penguin Group USA|
|Publish Date:||Oct 2010|
|Number of Pages:||180|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.36|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.32 x 0.51 x 7.91|
Journalist/historian Johnson's biography of Winston Churchill, rife with anecdotes and quotations reflecting the statesman's quirky personality, dry wit, and great intelligence, both entertains and irritates. Narrator Simon Prebble (www.simonprebble.com) does his best with the material, which reads much like fiction. Unfortunately, the author makes sweeping generalizations to bolster his belief that Churchill was a superior man in every conceivable way (e.g., he had the most political presence, the best sense of humor). These vast generalizations grow wearying after the first ten minutes. Perhaps if Johnson had been a bit less effusive, his biography would been more authoritative. An enjoyable but flawed work recommended where there is interest.
[See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/09.-Ed.] - B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara P.L. Syst., CA
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An elegant, concise, and revealing portrait of the inimitable leader.
Paul Johnson's books are acknowledged as masterpieces of historical analysis. In Churchill, he offers a lively, succinct exploration of one of the most complex and fascinating personalities in history. Winston Churchill's hold on contemporary readers has never slackened, and this exploration of his life casts new light on one of history's most intriguing figures. Johnson illuminates the various phases of Churchill's career-from his adventures as a young cavalry officer in the service of the empire to his role as an elder statesman prophesying the advent of the Cold War-and shows how Churchill's immense adaptability and innate pugnacity made him a formidable leader for the better part of a century.
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