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By MICHAEL McMENAMIN
In this detailed work, Bungay contributes to the historiography of the great air war, notwithstanding several highly questionable conclusions.
Tags: Adolf Galland, Alan Brooke, Albert Kesselring, Andrew Roberts, Battle of Britain, David Irving, Edward Halifax, Hermann Göring, Hugh Dowding, John Lukacs, Joseph Vuillemin, Leonard Mosley, Michael McMenamin, R.W. Thompson, Richard Lamb, Stephen Bungay, Winston S. Churchill,
By CHRISTOPHER M. BELL
"The premise of the work is hardly original: Churchill, we are told, was personally and solely responsible for both the ill-fated Dardanelles offensive and the disastrous Gallipoli campaign that followed from it. This charge has haunted Churchill since 1915. But according to Curran, historians writing since the late 1960s—when British official records were opened to public scrutiny —have not recognized the full extent of Churchill’s culpability. Curran’s mission is to set the record straight."
By CHRISTOPHER HARMON
When a photo editor considers creating a Churchill “pictorial biography,” is he ever deterred by the stacks of just such books accumulating along shelves of libraries since the 1940s? One cannot be sure, but Max Arthur has been “toiling in the Churchill vineyard” for many years. There must be a hundred picture books dedicated to Churchill. After all, he lived his entire life in the era of the camera. In this new volume, about 260 pages hold photographs, a few in color. The large format gives great impact to many we’ve seen before, but the print quality, the lighting, is enhanced.
By PATRICK J. GARRITY
Journalist Stephen Cliffe has assembled a small volume that surveys the lives and careers of three World War I British leaders. Churchill may have been given pride of place in the book title because of his later prominence, or for alphabetic order; but in fact their relative importance in World War I was exactly the opposite.
By WILLIAM JOHN SHEPHERD
Though it relates the familiar anecdotes of Churchill's military service, Peter App's self-published ebook ultimately relies too much on other sources, and suffers from a lack of editing or editorial content. It is, to paraphrase Churchill, a modest book, with much to be modest about.
By RICHARD M. LANGWORTH
The greatest sin of modern statesman, Maisky ruminated in 1936 “is vacillation and ambiguity of thought and action. This is the weakness which before long may land us into war” (67). His words can still be applied to certain modern statesmen.
By RICHARD M. LANGWORTH
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has the first copy. The Duke of Marlborough has the second, and Sir Winston Churchill’s great-grandson Randolph (who wrote the foreword) ordered eight as Christmas presents. You should have one, if you are a total-immersion Churchillian with a penchant for the extraordinary, for Winston’s Island, the Isle of Wight, has its unique claim to a place in the saga.