Churchill’s remarkable rise, fall, and return to power—which caused one newspaper to dub him “the unsinkable politician”—is already magisterially chronicled by Sir Martin Gilbert in Winston S. Churchill, vol. 3, The Challenge of War, 1914-1916; and The Churchill Documents, vols. 6-7, At the Admiralty and The Escaped Scapegoat. So the question to ask about any new book on the topic is whether it tells us anything more, or improves on or presents a different take than Gilbert. The almost inevitable answer is “no,” making it incumbent upon reviewers to advise potential readers why they should invest time reading such works as "Unsinkable."
There was a time, not so long ago, when the study of war, politics, and power was thought to be part and parcel of an undergraduate education. But today, programs in peace studies and in conflict resolution abound; rarely does anyone face up to the fact that conflicts quite often get resolved, and peace achieved, through the successful conduct of war.