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By TIRTHANKAR ROY
On the Raj, Tharoor offers a half-truth, which, “like half a brick, is always more forcible as an argument than a whole one. It carries better.”
Tags: B.R. Ambedkar, East India Company, Mohandas Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Robert Clive, Round Table Conference, Sashi Tharoor, Stephen Leacock, Tirthankar Roy, Winston S. Churchill,
By DAVE TURRELL
The Biography “is true, insofar as diligence and research can establish truth…. All an author can offer is a fragment of reality—that, and the hope that it will endure.” —William Manchester
Tags: Dave Turrell, Larry Arnn, Lord Derby, Martin Gilbert, Randolph S. Churchill, Wendy Reves, William Manchester, Winston S. Churchill,
By KLAUS LARRES
Never Flinch, Never Weary chronicles a time when mankind stood “uncertainly poised between world catastrophe and a golden age.”
Tags: Anthon Nutting, Anthony Eden, Bermuda Conference, Dien Bien Phu, Dwight Eisenhower, European Coal and Steel Community, European Economic Community, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Georgy Malenkov, Harold Macmillan, John Foster Dulles, King Farouk, Klaus Larres, Larry Arnn, Martin Gilbert, Queen Elizabeth II, Rab Butler, Vyacheslav Molotov,
By WILLIAM J. SHEPHERD
Clews paints a loyal but frustrated Churchill who later defined the rule of the Phoney War: “Don’t be unkind to the enemy; you will only make him angry.”
Tags: Dudley Pound, Fleet Air Arm, Graham Clews, Neville Chamberlain, Norway Campaign, Stephen Roskill, William J. Shepherd, Winston S. Churchill,
By ANDREW ROBERTS
The Splendid and the Vile is the story of the London Blitz, from the moment that Winston Churchill became prime minister on 10 May 1940, until the Luftwaffe raid that destroyed the parts of the House of Commons exactly one year later, coincidentally on the same night that Rudolf Hess flew to Scotland.
Tags: Alex Hardinge, Andrew Roberts, Averell Harriman, Dunkirk, Erik Larson, Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels, King George VI, London Blitz, Mary SOames, Pamela Churchill, Randolph Churchill, Rudolf Hess, Stalingrad, Winston S. Churchill,
By WARREN F. KIMBALL
For non-Russian-reading researchers, this book is indispensable. For aficionados of the history of the Second World War, it is a thought-provoking delight.
Tags: David Reynolds, Franklin Roosevelt, Ivan Maisky, Josef Stalin, Oleg Rzheshevsky, Teheran Conference, Vladimir Pechatnov. Vyacheslav Molotov, Warren F. Kimball, Winston S. Churchill, Yalta Conference,
By RICHARD M. LANGWORTH
Our grief and loss are deeply felt. Paul was a gentleman scholar: a man of strong convictions, who never let them interfere with his search for truth. Hagiography is fatal. Honesty matters. Those were his cardinal precepts. Above all, he left a corpus of excellence from which young people will always learn things worth knowing. His work abides, and as Churchill said, a man never dies as long as he is remembered. All who love history will forever remember Paul Addison.
Tags: Antoine Capet, David Stafford, Eugenics, Martin Gilbert, Paul Addison, Randolph S. Churchill, University of Edinburgh, William F. Buckley Jr., Winston S. Churchill,
By BRADLEY P. TOLPPANEN
A close Anglo-American partnership was a guiding principle in Churchill’s thinking about international relations. The creation of such a partnership was a central aspect of his long political career. While still a young backbench Member of Parliament, he said, “it ought to be the main end of English statecraft over a long period of years to cultivate good relations with the United States.” In 1918 he declared it his hope that the two countries would “act permanently together.”
Tags: Alan P. Dobson, Bradley P. Tolppanen, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry S. Truman, Iron Curtain Speech, Lord Halifax, Steve Marsh, Suez Crisis, Warren F. Kimball, Winston S. Churchill,
By WILLIAM J. SHEPHERD
Stafford’s description of this critical year is masterful. In 1921 the former “bold, bad man” of British national life rose above his reputation as a war-mongering opportunist. The picture is of a reflective and vulnerable man of character, strengthened by every reverse—a man of vision and, to a few observers, “a prime minister in the making.” Really good books about Churchill are scarce these days, and deserve full appreciation. This one belongs on any list of the top twenty specialized studies.
Tags: Balfour Declartion, Cairo Conference, Chaim Weizmann, Clare Sheridan, Clementine Churchill, David Lloyd George, David Stafford, Eddie Marsh, Ernest Cassel, F.E. Smith, Gertrude Bell, Herbert Lionel Vane-Tempest, Iraq, Irish Treaty, Jordan, King Faisal, Lady Randolph Churchill, Marigold Churchill, Max Beaverbrook, Mesopotamia, Palestine, Singapore, T.E. Lawrence, Two-Power Standard, Washington Naval Treaty, Winston S. Churchill,
By SIR MARTIN GILBERT
Sir Martin’s reflections after finishing the final narrative volume are reprised as Hillsdale completes the final document volume in the Great Biography.
Tags: Clementine Churchill, Enigma, Lord Moran, Martin Gilbert, Merton College Oxford, Michael Wolff, Pamela Lytton, Randolph Churchill, Winston S. Churchill,
By RICHARD M. LANGWORTH
McKinstry is thorough and scrupulously fair. Unlike too many historians today, he goes in with no axes to grind. He simply tells the story, backed by a voluminous bibliography, extensive research and private correspondence. In scope and balance, the book reminds us of Arthur Herman’s Gandhi and Churchill—another elegant account of two contentious figures. Like Herman, McKinstry captures Churchill’s generosity of spirit, and his rival’s greatness of soul.
Tags: Alfred Duff Cooper, Anthony Eden, Arthur Herman, Clement Attlee, Clementine Churchill, David Hunt, Dresden, First Quebec Conference, Gallipoli campaign, Gestapo, H.G. Wells, Harold Laski, Harold Nicolson, Horace Wilson, Hugh Dalton, India act, Jock Colville, King Edward VIII, Leo McKinstry, Liberalism and the Social Problem, Neville Chamberlain, Potsdam Conference, Robert Menzies, Ronald Cohen, Stanley Baldwin, The Aftermath, The Other Club, Trade Disputes Act, Violet Attlee, Wallis Simpson, Winston S. Churchill, Yalta Conference,
By ANDREW ROBERTS
Churchill told the story of his ancestor in beautiful Augustan Age prose, but also discovered new sources and corrected earlier historians’ errors. Mastering foreign language documents, he produced an outstanding work of history as well as literature, one that appealed to an academic as well as to a popular audience. All this came from someone whose father had said: “He has little [claim] to cleverness, to knowledge or any capacity for settled work.”
Tags: Alfred Duff Cooper, Andrew Roberts, Charles II of Spain, First Duke of Marlborough, Franklin Roosevelt, Glorious Revolution, Harold Macmillan, James Roosevelt, John Churchill, Louis XIV, Maurice Ashley, Napoleon, National Government, Stanley Baldwin, The Other Club, Thomas Babington Macaulay, War of the Spanish Succession, William III, Winston S. Churchill,