By: Holmes, Richard (author)

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Richard Holmes' insightful new biography of one of Britain's greatest leade rs is both a study in character and the story of an extraordinary career. M uch has been written about Churchill's role as British prime minister durin g the crisis years of the Second World War, but in this book Holmes uses ne w material to investigate the influences that shaped the man: his troubled school days, his flamboyant politician father, Randolph, and his famously a ttractive American mother, Jennie. Holmes argues that the qualities that ma de Churchill great also led him to commit catastrophic blunders. The same r ecklessness that made him a hero when he was a young correspondent during t he Boer War arguably cost thousands of Allied lives during the Gallipoli ca mpaign in 1915, and may also have contributed to the fall of Singapore in 1 942." In the Footsteps of Churchill" takes us on an exhilarating journey th rough Harrow School, the North-West Frontier, the Sudan, South Africa, 10 D owning Street and his beloved Chartwell; a journey that begins in the arist ocratic splendor of Blenheim Palace and ends in the quiet of a country chur chyard not far away - the compass of an extraordinary life in a few Oxford shire acres. 'Richard Holmes provides a truly fresh interpretation of the g reat man...Holmes's mature and wise portrait is studded with facts about th e period and episodes in Churchill's life that amuse, engage and entice. Th e author's eye for the telling detail, as well as his deep immersion in all the relevant archives, raises this book far above the common ruck of Churc hilliana' - Andrew Roberts. 'This supremely skillful military historian ach.


Author Name: Holmes, Richard (author)

Categories: Biographies & Memoirs,

Publisher: BBC Books: 2006

ISBN Number: 0563493348

ISBN Number 13: 9780563493341

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000043496