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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0465030831
ISBN-13: 9780465030835
Sku: 202491444
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 0.75T
Pages:  351
Age Range:  NA
 
There is an almost unsettling similarity between a photograph of Winston when he was seven years old and Yousuf Karsh's famous portrait of him taken in Canada on the last day of 1941, 60 years later. There he is, hand on hip, head thrust slightly forward and eyes challenging the camera. (from the first line)
Focusing on the unquiet inner life of Winston Churchill, an acclaimed historian offers a revelatory new biography of one the greatest leaders the world has ever known
From the Publisher:
One of the most admired political leaders of all time, Winston Churchill remains an icon four decades after his death. Here, the eminent military historian Richard Holmes offers a remarkable reappraisal of Churchill by examining the early influences that shaped his character. Drawing on sources such as letters between the young Churchill and his parents, Holmes paints the most complete portrait to date of the man who stood up to Hitler and led his people to victory against all odds. From his aristocratic birth to a brilliant but flawed father and a famously beautiful mother, through his struggles at school and his adventures as a cavalry officer in India and the Sudan, Churchill?s extraordinary character is richly illuminated in this vivid biography.
Annotation:
While many studies of Winston Churchill focus rightly on his amazing career as prime minister, when he led his nation through its most difficult time, IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CHURCHILL looks at Churchill's influences. In this readerly and accessible biography, Richard Holmes mines the many letters, public records, and biographies by other writers, as he looks for the sources of Churchill's greatness in his family (especially his mother, Jennie) and in the Victorian milieu in which he grew up, as well as in his world travels and experiences in the Boer War, his writing, and his long and varied career in politics. Holmes presents Churchill as a young man on his way up, and shows how his character--headstrong, aloof, and confrontational--brings him both success and setbacks, and how the apprenticeship of some 40-odd years was a prelude to Churchill's finest hour.

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Times Literary Supplement
"[A] solidly detailed though short account destined to be enjoyed by Churchill aficionados." - William Boyd 05/13/2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0351
Product attributePublisher:   Basic Books (AZ)
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