Churchill: The Unexpected Hero

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 322 pages
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During the Second World War, Winston Churchill won two resounding victories. The first was a victory over Nazi Germany, the second a victory over the legion of sceptics who had derided his judgement, denied his claims to greatness, and excluded him from high office on the grounds that he was sure to be a danger to King and Country. In this incisive new biography, Paul Addison examines both the life of the most iconic figure in twentieth-century British history, and also the battle over his reputation, which continues to this day.
 

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Addison’s focus in this quite short biography is Churchill’s reputation, and his transformation at the age of sixty-five into national hero, after a somewhat undistinguished early career. He contends ... Read full review

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Addison’s focus in this quite short biography is Churchill’s reputation, and his transformation at the age of sixty-five into national hero, after a somewhat undistinguished early career. He contends ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
1 The Youngest Man in Europe 18741901
7
2 The Renegade 19011911
29
3 The Lilliput Napoleon 19111915
57
4 The Winstonburg Line 19151924
82
5 Respectability Won and Lost 19241939
112
6 The Making of a Hero 19391945
153
7 Climbing Olympus 19451965
216
8 Churchill Past and Present
246
Notes
255
Bibliography
275
Index
287
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Paul Addison is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Two World Wars at the University of Edinburgh.

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