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Hardback The Churchill factor : how one man made history / Boris Johnson.
Media class: Hardback
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781444783025 (hbk.) :
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Extent: 408 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black
Total no. of loans: 1
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On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill factor', the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsised reality, he portrays a man of multiple contradictions, contagious bravery, breathtaking eloquence, matchless strategising, and deep humanity.
This is a very enjoyable book. It is written in a florid , almost comic-book style. The incessant flashbacks and flash-forwards are enough to make Dr Who giddy. There is fortunately a good chronology of Churchill's life. Some of the "facts" are not quite correct, but I do like the way Johnson reviews all the jokes attributed to Churchill and clearly explains which ones which are apocryphal. The jokes are certainly worth retelling. This is not a well researched academic analysis of the factors which made Churchill a great leader, but more a series of anecdotes cobbled together in somewhat associated chapters. I do agree with Churchill and Johnson that appeasement, as with the Taliban, is always wrong and standing up to bullies like Hitler, Putin and Xi is always right, but expensive. However, I suppose we cannot fight every war.
The Churchill factor : how one man made history