Winston Churchill: A Pictorial Life Story
by Elizabeth Longford
Authorized by the Winston Churchill Foundation
Publisher: Rand McNally & Company
The year was 1940. France had fallen. The British Expeditionary Force had just been evacuated from Dunkirk, and Hitler was in control of the Continent. The spector of invasion loomed over the British Isles as never before since Napoleon. Over the roar of cannon boomed the voice of one man -- Winston Churchill -- who personified the determination of the free world to fight the Nazis to final victory. "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing-gronds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender . . . ."
It was Britain's "finest hour." It was also Churchill's finest hour. The challenge of winning World War II was the climax of a long and eventful life -- the fulfillment of a destiny that seemed to hover over him since his birth in Blenheim Palace some sixty years earlier.
The author reveals the complex man that was Churchill . . . a man if contrasts, who nevertheless had only one goal in life: to serve his country. "I have faith in my star," he wrote when he was 22, "that is, that I am intended to do something in this world," yet when the "black dog" of depression visited him he wondered the worth of all his struggle. He was a lifelong incurable romantic, yet he was the most forceful, direct, and practical of men. He remained rooted to his English heritage, never relinquishing his vision of Britain as the "Empire," yet he treasured his American background, relishing in the fact that his Jerome ancestors had fought with Washington in the Revolution. A conservative by birth and inclination, he was the only Western leader during World War II with the vision and foresight to recognize the potential postwar menace of Stalin.
Churchill was a giant among men, one of the few who personally affected the course of history. Through her extensive biographical experience and her own personal knowledge of the man, Lady Elizabeth Longford has limned a new and comprehensive picture of this great man.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover is discolored and shows edge wear and tear. Inside cover and pages are tanned from age. There's newspaper clippings tucked in various places in the book.
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