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Churchill's Shadow
  • Published: 3 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473566378
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496
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Churchill's Shadow



A critical but fair political biography that tells the story of the life and the equally fascinating one of his legacy. This is Churchill for those who believe that the country has lost its way and who try to understand why - and Churchill and his legacy have a lot to answer for.

A critical but fair political biography of Churchill that zooms in on crucial moments in his life and career that help us understand the man in his many contradictions.

While in A.J.P. Taylor's words, Churchill was 'the saviour of his country', he was also a deeply flawed character, whose personal ambition would cloud his political judgement - and as a result he was often plain wrong. But the book's central argument goes beyond biography: argues that Churchill has cast a dark shadow over post-war British history and contemporary politics - from the 'Churchillian stance' of Tony Blair taking the country to war in Iraq to the delusion of a special relationship with the United States to the fateful belief in British exceptionalism: that the nation can once again stand alone in Europe.

Wheatcroft takes a radically different approach to other hagiographies of Chruchill. This is a biography that doesn't just tell the story of his life but the equally fascinating one of his legacy, focusing on how Churchill was viewed by contemporaries and those who came after.

This book is both a biography of the man and a fresh and revealing account of post-war politics seen through his legacy.

  • Published: 3 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473566378
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496
Categories:

About the author

Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Geoffrey Wheatcroft contributes regularly to a variety of newspapers and journals including the Guardian, the Spectator, the TLS, The New York Times and the Atlantic Monthly. He is the author of several books, including The Randlords, The Controversy of Zion, The Strange Death of Tory England, Le Tour and Yo, Blair!

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