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Churchill ❰Reading❯ ➽ Churchill Author Roy Jenkins – Acclaimed historian Roy Jenkins presents a comprehensive biography of Winston Churchill an icon of modern history from his childhood to the critical World War II period and beyond a New York Times bes Acclaimed historian Roy Jenkins presents a comprehensive biography of Winston Churchill an icon of modern history from his childhood to the critical World War II period and beyond a New York Times bestsellerThis is a first class well sustained work of history and a masterpiece of biography It will be a brave not to say foolhardy author who attempts to write another life of Churchill for at least a decade perhaps longer Andrew Roberts Sunday Telegraph Roy Jenkins combines unparalleled command of British political history and his own high level government experience in a narrative account of Churchill's astounding career that is unmatched in its shrewd insights its unforgettable anecdotes the clarity of its overarching themes and the author's nuanced appreciation of his extraordinary subjectExceptional in its breadth of knowledge and distinguished in its stylish wit and penetrating intelligence Churchill is one of the finest political biographies of our time.

  • Paperback
  • 1024 pages
  • Churchill
  • Roy Jenkins
  • English
  • 24 July 2014
  • 9780452283527

About the Author: Roy Jenkins

There is than one author with this nameRoy Harris Jenkins Baron Jenkins of Hillhead OM PC was a British politician Once prominent as a Labour Member of Parliament MP and government minister in the s and s he became the first and so far only British President of the European Commission and one of the four principal founders of the Social Democratic Party SDP in .

10 thoughts on “Churchill

  1. Aaron Million Aaron Million says:

    Roy Jenkins' biography of Winston Churchill looks intimidating clocking in at over 900 pages and with no breaks contained within chapters it is a serious read Fortunately its subject is one of the most well known and largest characters of the 20th century Churchill led such a long he lived to be 90 and interesting life that one would seriously have to uestion if a book written about his life could be dull despite the best efforts of the author to make it so Fortunately Jenkins does not attempt to do that and instead employs full biographical treatment of Churchill making sure to tally all of the warts and the glory so that Churchill is alive from beginning to end one pleasant aspect of this book is that on every other page Jenkins has the year noted unobtrusively up at the top so the reader always knows exactly what years the storyline is in Having said that the first two hundred pages or so are nothing great In fact at times they can be a bit tedious as Jenkins mentions so many names that my head uickly began spinning There were too many Dukes Earls Sirs and their wives and sisters to keep track of especially for someone who has no particular inclination to become familiar with British royalty Throw in the many colleagues and friends that Churchill had and I uickly had a lot of people I was trying to juggle around in my small mind I didn't uite get the feeling that Jenkins was intentionally trying to overload the reader with all of these names but it did happen nonetheless And given the life that Churchill led – extraordinary by anyone's standards – the names keep coming throughout the book although later it becomes settledJenkins tightens things up as he gets to the onset of WWI It really is remarkable to think that Churchill played such large roles in both World Wars Unfortunately for him WWI was a disaster that almost wrecked his career as his impetuosity and big mouth got him into trouble He badly mismanaged the Dardanelles campaign while First Lord of the Admiralty ultimately losing his job being demoted going off to serve half heartedly in the British Army in France then wandering around for the next two years or so – half in and half out of decision making Churchill definitely did not cover himself in glory during this time frame He saw little front line action thus his war experience was limited During his brief time at the front he seemed concerned with the politics going on back in London than what was happening in France Sort of an odd position for a person to be in he certainly did not have to enlist or volunteer for active duty yet once he was active he seemed somewhat detached from the actionOne area of strength is Jenkins' cogent analysis of Churchill's vast literary works Had the man been an author and nothing he would have been regarded for his prodigious output of words and multi volume histories and biographies Jenkins explores how much of these books was actually Churchill himself doing the work uite a bit actually and on some works it was pretty much all him and how much was a result of the multiple research assistants that he employed than he would have ever admitted to most likely Jenkins also critiues the works in a fair manner much like he does Churchill overall During the 1920s and 30s writing was Churchill's main mode of making a living and he did uite well at it Aside from all of the books he wrote gobs of articles for numerous London newspapers and even some American magazines Jenkins analyzes Churchill's WWI and WWII memoirs pointing out some inaccuracies and also some of the works' stronger points He does it in such a way that I neither wanted to rush out and get my own copies so I could read them nor to think that they are inconsistent and self serving and thus not worth reading Despite how thoroughly Jenkins covers many aspects of Churchill's life on some important points I think he comes up abruptly short Churchill and his wife lost a daughter at a very young age to illness This had to have been one of the most difficult moments in Churchill's long life if not the most difficult one Yet Jenkins dispatches it in a single sentence How can this be? Surely there is something to write about it how did it affect Churchill his wife their relationship his outlook on life? Jenkins delves into none of these important topics I would have much preferred on this type of difficulty that Churchill faced rather than his political warfare with Neville Chamberlain Stanley Baldwin and others While interesting it can get tedious at times to read about And at some point you want to say “I get it They don't get along very well” Still interesting to read about but perhaps with a little less volume In the same vein we get precious little about Churchill's relationship with his children Jenkins seems content to keep making periodic snide swipes at Randolph Churchill At first I found them amusing but as they multiplied they seemed to take on of the character of Jenkins just not liking Churchill's son This left me wondering if Jenkins a member of Parliament himself following WWII tangled with Randolph on his own and thus this was him making clear his dislike of the man My point here is that these asides did nothing to augment the book and after awhile in fact they slightly took away from it Similarly Jenkins also throws a few barbs at Americans In describing Churchill's near fatal encounter with a car in New York City in 1931 On page 443 he notes “the perverse habit of the Americans of driving on the right” Perverse? It wasn't offensive or cruel but it did make me uestion why he felt the need to put that in the book I would rather have learned about many other topics relating to Churchill than to know that Jenkins disapproves of American traffic flow Another area where I found Jenkins to be less clear was in the byzantine world of British politics While Churchill's battles were covered at length it seems that Jenkins assumes the reader has some knowledge of early 20th century British politics For example it is not clear to me why Herbert Asuith was removed as Prime Minister in 1916 Perhaps it went right over my head I have a fairly superficial idea but Jenkins certainly doesn't spell it out so it left me wondering Ditto with David Lloyd George in 1922 Again I am not uite sure why he lost power Perhaps I am being too picky but on the one hand I felt like I got deluged with minute details over Churchill's political actions while on the other hand the big picture items occasionally seemed to be taken for granted that I knew them Fortunately the lead up to WWII and Chamberlain's resignation is not covered in this manner; Jenkins is very detailed here and does a solid job of explaining exactly why at long last Churchill was finally named Prime Minister Incidentally I think Churchill provides hope for any middle aged person who thinks that they have not done much with their lives he did not attain his ultimate goal of becoming PM until age sixty five and this after forty years in politicsThe WWII portion of the book and specifically Churchill's magnificent performance of leadership in 1940 is the highlight of both Churchill's life and Jenkins' work He does well in bringing to the reader the almost insurmountable pressures and odds stacked against Churchill How many men or women could have withstood the barrage from Hitler the suawking at home and the lack of material support from other countries like he did? The traits that had caused him so many issues in life and created for him countless enemies were the traits that helped him and Britain to persevere through the bleakest period of the war and emerge while not intact at least unbowed Truthfully throughout most of this book I found Churchill to be insufferable I did not like his personality how he tried to bulldoze over people his lack of interest in others unless it suited his needs his willingness to shift around politically to whatever stance most benefited him and most of all his arrogance Yet it is difficult to not acknowledge his greatness as a wartime Prime Minister and had he not been at the helm at this most critical of all critical moments it is not inconceivable that German and not English might be the language I would be typing in right now If Britain had not held out against Germany who knows how much powerful Hitler would have become The United States while in the process of rearming under Franklin Roosevelt was not yet ready for war Keep in mind that it took Pearl Harbor to drag a reluctant US into the war not because of Roosevelt but because of the strong isolationist mood of the country throughout the 1930s If Churchill had capitulated in the summer of 1940 like so many wanted him to do – in effect sue for peace similar to what France had done – our world would almost certainly be radically different today Jenkins charts Churchill's second installation as Prime Minister from 1951 1955 as being one of mixed success where Churchill neither totally embarrassed himself nor lived up to his previous high reputation for leadership In that one sense he reminded me of Theodore Roosevelt whom Churchill had met – Roosevelt did not like him once out of power both desperately wanted to get back in While Churchill succeeded at that his agenda for establishing a working relationship with the Soviet Union never really came close to fruition and he was reduced to at times clinging to power simply for the sake of power And after leaving office for the last time although surviving for another decade he was really finished as a buoyant influential figure in world or even British politics Jenkins is largely favorable to Churchill not sycophantically so but I wonder if his treatment would not have been better at times had he possessed a critical eye Churchill's many faults are laid out but Jenkins seems to mostly override them by returning to the great things that Churchill accomplished I think this is a fair view to take although one could easily make a less conciliatory case against Churchill and still have justification for it Final verdict a good at times very good book about one of the most towering figures in the 20th century and world historyGrade B

  2. Mikey B. Mikey B. says:

    A compelling biography of Churchill As the author is also a long standing member of the British Parliament the emphasis through out is on Churchill’s political side This is justified as Churchill’s primary life objective was to achieve political success and longevity We follow him as he rises through the Conservative party switched to the Liberals and then with the demise of that party returns back to the Conservatives Churchill was always a meteor He was a welcome and vibrant addition to any party – and his goal was to have a role in the cabinet This meteor caliber was recognized early on – he held cabinet posts in his early thirties His written output – by speeches newspaper articles and books was immense and of high ualityMr Jenkins explains well the political relationships in Churchill’s long career from Asuith and Lloyd George to Chamberlain and Anthony Eden Churchill was always a strong individualist – somewhat adding to the peril of his livelihood Even though his elouent Munich address – condemning Chamberlain’s handing over of the Sudetenland to Hitler is retrospectively seen to be correct – at the time he was highly criticized and forced to keep a low profile in order to maintain his membership in the Conservative PartyMr Jenkins is less comfortable describing Churchill’s family relationships There is little on his children most of it being on Randolph Given the longevity of his marriage not very much is said on Clementine They did spend much time apart traveling; in another biography I read by Ralph Martin he speculated that she may have had a brief affair during a sea voyage she took The author does elaborate on the peculiar relationship Churchill had with both his parents – Randolph and Jennie There is no mention of the suicide of his daughter Diana in 1963Mr Jenkins does speculate on the relationship with Roosevelt and why he did not attend his funeral in 1945 However Jenkins is incorrect when he states that Roosevelt was “semi comatose” during the Yalta conference in 1945Nevertheless this is very entertaining with a great deal of humour throughout Churchill led an extraordinarily active life and the author captures the low points and the glorious ones when he became the beacon of the Western World

  3. Manny Manny says:

    I loved Churchill's History of the Second World War so when this book came out I bought it It had had good reviews from people who pointed out how well ualified Jenkins was to write about his illustrious predecessor having himself had top posts in the British GovernmentWell I wish I could say I knew why it didn't come together I just didn't feel very gripped by the story which is funny because Churchill had a truly incredible life Maybe there was too much detail or Jenkins isn't that good at sketching character or he was too intimidated by his huge admiration for Churchill to venture any speculative or controversial analysis I read the whole thing and of course there were a number of good stories but I still felt disappointed

  4. Steve Steve says:

    Churchill was without doubt the greatest Englishman of the 20th Century and the saviour of the western world when Britain stood defiantly alone in 194041Roy Jenkins a great statesman in his own right wrote before his death a mega biography of this great man without any nuances; Churchill was unpopular and considered crassly ambitious and arrogant in his political life from 1903 to 1939 Even then he was considered a dangerous warmonger In 1945 the voters luckily remembered who he was in peacetime and he was thrown out which led the way for social reform and the independence of India Still he was again Prime Minister when I was born in 1953His life outside politics was immensely productive Books articles painting and building He never met Hitler he was due to do so in 1932 in Munich but the meeting was cancelled I wonder if it would have made any difference some 8 years later?By the way it took me 3 summer holidays to read this humungous work

  5. Robert Case Robert Case says:

    This comprehensive political biography of Winston Churchill is available on audiblecom I listened to the entire content over the span of a month and while commuting The book is that engaging and comprehensive The narration by Robert Whitfield is thoroughly British in tone and inflection and fits like a glove I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys biography or modern history

  6. Lynne Stringer Lynne Stringer says:

    While there's no doubt this biography was detailed its size made that evident it is a ponderous read and lumbers along with all the speed of a glacier It also seemed concerned with various aspects of British politics than it should have been While there's no uestion politics should have been covered given who Churchill was so often a story that should have been about Churchill's involvement in politics seemed to morph into a political discussion with a brief mention of Churchill only when it was absolutely necessary

  7. Lawrence Lawrence says:

    As has been noted by many a reviewer of this work Roy Jenkins brings nothing especially new to light in this 1000 page biography Perhaps this says about the sheer amount of writing talent that has been sacrificed at the altar of this enigmatic character What Jenkins does effectively however is guide the passive student of Churchill through a sniff test of literature about and because he was an prolific diarist and letter writer by modern standards to and by Britain’s most famous political figure In doing this he goes to great lengths to create a semblance of a continuous theme in a life that seemed to have been lived in a manner that would suggest the protagonist did not care much for close scrutinyWhat view is the reader left with of Churchill Jenkins and Jenkins’ opinion of Churchill? To answer this uery it is necessary to highlight the fact that this book owes its claim to balance to the fact that the biographer narrates his subject’s distasteful idiosyncrasies with the precision of a critic but still manages to convince the reader of his greatness He dispels the myths in a way one would if one’s aim were to counter a hagiography but reminds the reader that these distortions on truths are not there to mask disagreeable character traits He leaves the reader wondering why one person was wrong so often or indeed has so many chances to be wrong yet helps one see how his moments of clearmindedness and apposite forward thinking gave Britain some of its most defining moments as a people Jenkins makes it difficult to disagree with his conclusion that despite all of Churchill’s indulgences character flaws and recurring lapses of judgement W remains ‘the greatest human being ever to occupy 10 Downing Street This along with the fluidity of the prose is what makes ‘Churchill’ by Jenkins a must for any follower of British politics earns its praise as one of the most compelling works in the field and ultimately proves that it is a uniue contribution to the history of writing on political history

  8. Marks54 Marks54 says:

    This is a superb biography of Churchill It is one long volume so it covers most aspects of his long interesting life but is not as thorough as some of the specialized bios or the multiple volume bios such as by Gilbert or Manchester Jenkins is a longtime parliamentary insider so the focus of the volume is political The author is well acuainted with and makes good use of rich documentary sources to great effect and without being too tedious Churchill had an amazing life and was the early version of Where's Waldo? for critical world events He began his military career in NW India and Afghanistan then moved to the Sudan where he took part in the expedition to avenge Gordon and in doing so rode in the last British Calvary charge He then went to the Boer War as a correspondent and became a media star after being captured and then escaping As first Lord of the Admiralty he led the British Navy in changing over to oil power and thus making the Middle East important He survived a massive failure at Gallipoli which got Rupert Murdoch's father started in journalism and reemerged in government to among other things lead Britain back onto the gold standard in 1924 at an overvalued rate His reemergence to central importance in the 1930s and 1940s is better known but also well discussed here Even his final premiership in the early 1950s is interesting and shows someone who has stayed on a bit too longJenkins is very effective throughout but I thought he was most effective in showing how Churchill put together the political coalition in the 1930s that returned him to power and made him the perfect person to lead Britain in WWII Nearly anything about Churchill is interesting but this was a really engaging book which is hard to say about most 900 page volumes

  9. Sue Chaplin Sue Chaplin says:

    I wanted to read a biography of Churchill because I am aware that although some people see him as a hero figure that saw the Brit's through WW2 there are contradicting views I had a vague knowledge of problems in WW1 and some issues with letting groups of people down at the end of WW2 I did feel that reading a biography of Churchill gave me an amazing overview of the history at the turn of the century and into the early 20th century Although Jenkins did address Churchill's actions in the Dardanelles in WW1 and his imperfections of character I also felt that may be writing a biography of a winner of the Nobel prize for literature and a renown wordsmith made Jenkins feel he had to compete I enjoy the challenge of looking up the odd new word but I felt that Jenkins used complicated unnecessary words when others would have done Looking up 2 or 3 words a paragraph can be irritating and when they do not add clarity I uestion their use There were also puzzling details in places with details lacking in others For example it was explained that Casablanca became better known for the film rather than the conference but that did not help in anyway and for those of a younger generation might not mean anything at all However a little way down from this there is talk of De Galle's strong but alienating charisma and some explanation of this would have been very helpful The term Halifax style negiotiated end of the war was also lost on me but that I needed to know

  10. David David says:

    A wonderfully well written and read biography of the greatest Englishman of the 20th century One marvels at the breadth of achievements that this man accomplished in his life A great author a soldier and commander a leader who served in office for many decades achieving the highest post in his nation not once but twice who led his nation with pugnacity and resolve through the most trying of ordeals and brought it through the darkness to victory No other leader traveled and toiled as much as he through the Second World War to ensure that Europe would once again regain its freedom and that the democracies of the West would eventually prevail over not one or two or three evil regimes but over all that he encountered He was the first of the western leaders to oppose the Stalinist regime and the longest standing opponent of the Nazis Italian Fascists and Japanese Imperialists Now off to read his Great Contemporaries The World Crisis and My Early Life I am so thankful that he has left us with over 40 great works to read He was very much wow

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