Churchill: An Unruly Life

By: Rose, Norman

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GC.Simon & Schuster,1994.First edition-first printing.Brown hardback with laminated Dj cover(some creases and light shelf wear on the laminated Dj cover),both in VGC.Ex-library book with stamp,pocket,sticker but in GC.Illustrated with b/w photos.Nice and clean pages with two marks,ink marks and light shelf wear on the outer edges,two small marks/nicks on the edges of the first two pages of the book.The book is in VGC with light shelf wear.435pp including notes and references,bibliography and index.Price un-clipped.A collectable book.

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Review: It's hard to write a bad biography of Churchill but even harder to find something new to say, and historian Rose (Hebrew Univ., Israel) doesn't find much. He is, however, particularly good on his subject's personality: Of course I am an egotist, Churchill once told Clement Attlee. Where do you get if you aren't? Self-centered, frequently bombastic, living in great houses, surrounded by masses of servants, he was saved from some of the worst effects of this self-indulgence by his sense of humor: When his faithful assistant, Eddie Marsh, told him that he favored kissing [Uncle Sam] on both cheeks, Churchill replied, But not on all four. Rose is also perceptive on the politician's relationship with his wife, Clementine, which was somewhat more complicated than is usually supposed. While it was a love match, both sometimes felt the need to get away from each other, and her judgment, both political and personal, was frequently better than his. On some substantive matters, Rose is neglectful of recent research, offering less than satisfactory coverage of Churchill's role as a social reformer, his choice of the Board of Trade as his first Cabinet post, his more intricate political calculations, and his success in becoming more acceptable to the Labor Party before WW II - about which a number of authors have written well in the past few years. The last omission in particular leads the author to make an assertion that would be rejected by many historians of the period, namely that the Earl of Halifax could have become prime minister in 1940 if he had wanted to. Rose responds persuasively, however, to the recent charge that Churchill mined Britain by refusing to make a compromise peace with Hitler, a suggestion that depends on a reliability that Hitler was never inclined to demonstrate. Sifts the old soil quite pleasantly, but doesn't break new ground.

Title: Churchill: An Unruly Life

Author Name: Rose, Norman

Categories: Biographies & Memoirs : Political,

Edition: First edition-first printing

Publisher: Simon & Schuster: 1994

ISBN Number: 0671711040

ISBN Number 13: 9780671711047

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Jacket Condition: Good

Type: Book

Seller ID: 468

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