Churchill and Hitler: In Victory and Defeat

By: Strawson, John

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Near fine condition.Constable,1997.First Paperback edition-first printing.Paperback(small nicks,crease and scratch on the cover and spine) in near fine condition.Illustrated with b/w photos,maps.Nice and clean pages with two small colour marks and nick on the outer edges,small pencil mark impression on the first page of the book,a couple of small creases and nick on the edge of the pages.The book is in near fine condition except for the two colour marks on the outer edge of the pages.654pp including List of illustrations,bibliography,index.Heavy book.First edition.

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Review: From a British major general and military historian, a thoughtful study of political leadership. Strawson, a WWII commander of Churchill's old regiment, the 4th Hussars, draws occasionally on personal memories of the leader in sketching his portrait of Churchill's rise to prinme minister after years of isolation, defeat, and political irrelevance. He draws, too, on his wartime hatred for the enemy in narrating Hitler's rise from obscurity. The author surveys Churchill's upbringing as the privileged son of a parliamentary leader, his indifferent academic career, and his experiences as an imperial cavalryman, journalist, cabinet member, and politician. Simultaneously, he delineates Hitler's contrasting career as a frustrated artist, WWI infantryman, political demagogue, and dictator. Mostly, though, Strawson devotes himself to retelling the familiar story of WWII. As one expects from a British army officer who remembers the salvation of his country from the Nazi foe, objectivity is not a goal. For the author, Churchill was genial, warm-hearted, generous, emotional, witty, open, overflowing with life and appreciative of all its pleasures, chivalrous and honorable, while Hitler was secretive, cold-hearted, ignoble, vindictive, close, venomous, narrow, petty, and dishonorable. The juxtaposition of the two men reveals that in breeding, background, character, and experience, they were opposites, as were their leadership styles and reactions: Hitler was exultant in victory and malignant in defeat, while Churchill was dauntless in defeat and magnanimous in victory. While adding little to our knowledge of either one, Strawson demonstrates how their powerful personalities shaped events and in large part determined the course of the European war. An absorbing dual biography that makes an original contribution to the seemingly endless body of WWII literature and Churchilliana. (K

Title: Churchill and Hitler: In Victory and Defeat

Author Name: Strawson, John

Categories: Biographies & Memoirs / Leaders,

Edition: First Paperback edition-first printing

Publisher: Constable: 1997

ISBN Number: 0094790701

ISBN Number 13: 9780094790704

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Near fine

Type: Book

Seller ID: 464

Keywords: Biographies & Memoirs / Leaders Churchill and Hitler: In Victory and Defeat,