Published on March 27th, 20130
Books about Churchill
Inspired by the publication of Young Titan by Michael Shelden, we’ve scoured The Omnivore archive to bring you a selection of books about Winston Churchill.
Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill by Michael Shelden
Most people today think of Winston Churchill as simply the wartime British bulldog – a jowly, cigar-chomping old fighter demanding blood, sweat and tears from his nation. But the well-known story of the elder statesman has overshadowed an earlier part of his life that is no less fascinating, and that has never before been fully told.
Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord 1940-45 by Max Hastings
Winston Churchill was the greatest war leader Britain ever had. In 1940, the nation rallied behind him in an extraordinary fashion. But thereafter, argues Max Hastings, there was a deep divide between what Churchill wanted from the British people and their army, and what they were capable of delivering.
Warlord: Churchill at War, 1874-1945 by Carlo D’Este
Retired US Army lieutenant colonel and military historian, Carlo D’Este, explores Churchill’s strategies in both world wars – the disastrous failures as well as the dazzling triumphs, and casts fresh light on his tumultuous relationships with his generals.
Mr Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt
July, 1964. In bed at home in Kent, Winston Churchill is waking up. There’s a visitor in the room, someone he hasn’t seen for a while, a dark, mute bulk, watching him with tortured concentration. It’s Mr Chartwell. Mr Chartwell is a huge, black dog. In this original novel, Rebecca Hunt explores how two unlikely lives collide as Mr Chartwell’s motives are revealed to be far darker and deeper than they seem.
Mr Churchill’s Profession: Statesman, Orator, Writer by Peter Clarke
In 1953, Winston Churchill received the Nobel Prize for Literature. In fact, Churchill was a professional writer before he was a politician, and published a stream of books and articles over the course of two intertwined careers. Now historian Peter Clarke traces the writing of the magisterial work that occupied Churchill for a quarter century, his four-volume History of the English-Speaking Peoples.