Winston Churchill has rightly been voted the greatest Briton. His nine decades spanned from the era of cavalry charges to the nuclear age, and he was active in both. He had a keen historical perspective and analytical mind, and in the Second World War he was quick to oppose Hitler and see the importance of US involvement, and hence played a seminal part in ensuring the survival of not only Britain but arguably Western democracy itself. That is not to say he was without fault - the disastrous Gallipoli campaign, the creation of Iraq in 1921, his blind spot over India - all these contributed to a reputation for unreliability that dogged much of his public life. But his seven decades in the public spotlight, and in politics show that Winston Churchill deserves the stature that posterity has given him.
Few characters in history have written as much as Churchill, and his writings and the photographic record happily provide the opportunity to put together a unique illustrated portrait of this remarkable man, featuring revealing facsimiles of his personal letters, documents and speeches which draw attention to the unforgettable power of his oratory, which added a heroic dimension to a leader who was undoubtedly a true statesman.
Dr Christopher Catherwood is a leading Churchill scholar. He is Emeritus Archives By-Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a supervisor at Homerton College, Cambridge. He has written many books and articles including Winston's Folly, His Finest Hour - A Brief Life of Winston Churchill, A Brief History of the Middle East, The Balkans in WWII and Winston Churchill: The Flawed Genius.
The Churchills; Birth and Early Years; The Adventurer; Prisoner of the Boers; The Young Winston; First Lord of the Admiralty; Gallipoli; Frontline Soldier; Churchill the Artist; Churchill the Innovator; Winston's Follies; Cabinet Minister; Churchill and Chartwell; The Wilderness Years; Churchill and the Great Republic; Churchill and Family; Winston is Back; Wartime Part I: Alone...; Churchill's Cigars; Wartime Part II: Wooing the USA; Wartime Part III: Nadir and Restoration; Wartime Part IV: The Grand Alliance; Wartime Part V:; D-Day and Beyond; Wartime Part VI: Triumph and Tragedy; The Iron Curtain; Churchill's Indian Summer; Churchill the Orator; Churchill's Travels; Churchill College; A Glorious Ending; Churchill and History.