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Churchill: Walking with Destiny (utgåvan 2018)

av Andrew Roberts (Författare)

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"When we seek an example of great leaders with unalloyed courage, the person who comes to mind is Winston Churchill: the iconic, visionary war leader immune from the consensus of the day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. But how did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on the superior force of Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and so many others had caved? In Churchill, Andrew Roberts gives readers the full and definitive Winston Churchill, from birth to lasting legacy, as personally revealing as it is compulsively readable. Roberts gained exclusive access to extensive new material: transcripts of War Cabinet meetings, diaries, letters and unpublished memoirs from Churchill's contemporaries. The Royal Family permitted Roberts--in a first for a Churchill biographer--to read the detailed notes taken by King George VI in his diary after his weekly meetings with Churchill during World War II. This treasure trove of access allows Roberts to understand the man in revelatory new ways, and to identify the hidden forces fueling Churchill's legendary drive. We think of Churchill as a hero who saved civilization from the evils of Nazism and warned of the grave crimes of Soviet communism, but Roberts's masterwork reveals that he has as much to teach us about the challenges leaders face today--and the fundamental values of courage, tenacity, leadership and moral conviction."--Dust jacket.… (mer)
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Titel:Churchill: Walking with Destiny
Författare:Andrew Roberts (Författare)
Info:Viking (2018), Edition: Illustrated, 1152 pages
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What a life. I had been looking for some time for a single volume biography of Winston Churchill and when this one appeared and got exceptional reviews I knew I would read it. It checked in at over 1100 pages and with good reason. Churchill had about as full a life as one could imagine. I was simply amazed at how much he did and how much he was involved in. I won't even try to summarize his life, but I was fascinated by how realpolitik he was in many ways. Instead of hewing WITHOUT DEVIATION to a philosophy (conservatism, liberalism, libertarianism), he adapted and changed to keep his core principles of duty and fairness on target. Some of the quotes I marked speak to this. For instance, "[i]n both parties there are fools at one end and crackpots at the other, but the great body in the middle is sound and wise." I saw much that speaks to our current situation. I wish we had some strong minded and quick witted types like him to counter the bile being spewed in America these days. And in terms of our current malady of false equivalencies, "[e]xcept insofar as force is concerned, there is not equality between right and wrong." Exactly. We don't need equivalence between those who think the earth is flat and those with working brains. Churchill's wit was amazing and so quick. I was amazed at how he could get right to the heart of a matter in just seconds. Much of what everyone thinks they know about him is either wrong or just not entirely correct. I enjoyed getting to know him better through this readable, thorough, and enjoyable book.

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  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
“The battles he won saved liberty.” - Andrew Roberts ( )
  lanewillson | Jan 9, 2020 |
World History 1
  WPuryear | Dec 17, 2019 |
Impressive one volume addition to the voluminous Churchill biography collection. I can only compare it with the one previous single volume biog I have read, Roy Jenkins' Churchill, which I enjoyed massively and have re-read many times. Roberts is less self-consciously literary than Jenkins, the sweeping phrases Jenkins enjoys are replaced by terse fact sweetened just a touch with proper attention to Churchill's foibles and his puckish humour. It is less hagiographical, Roberts does not hold back on Churchill's many faults, his racism, his chauvinism, his blundering insensitivity, his crash through or crash militarism, any more then he holds back on Churchill's equally numerous virtues, his energy, wit, determination, immense intelligence, his unbelievable appetite for hard work his continuing loyalty to the father who he could never please. Roberts is also determined to make this book about Churchill alone as much as possible, while Clementine and his children are given their due, the crowd of eccentric relatives whom Jenkins devotes much attention make only cameo appearances. However the most impressive thing about the book is its ability to sweep through Churchill's massively busy 90 years at an even pace without missing a thing in less than 1000 pages. A most worthy entry in a very crowded field. Highly recommended. ( )
1 rösta drmaf | Dec 9, 2019 |
I lasted to page 170 before giving up. Far too often the author moves from topic to topic like a bee, barely alighting, before moving on again. The last few pages I read touched on 10 different topics in 14 paragraphs. It’s as if he collected index cards of Churhill’s life and put them altogether, calling it a book. (2019-09-30) ( )
  jmcilree | Oct 1, 2019 |
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(Rudyard Kipling, If)
« Étudiez l’histoire, étudiez l’histoire. C’est dans l’histoire que résident tous les secrets de l’art de gouverner. »
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Andrew Roberts a retenu à juste titre et pour notre plus grand plaisir un vaste échantillon des bons mots, boutades et autres à-peu-près de Churchill, ainsi que de ses multiples allusions historiques, bibliques et littéraires. [...]
Introduction

Le jeudi 20 décembre 1945, le rédacteur en chef du Sunday Dispatch, Charles Eade, déjeunait avec Winston Churchill et sa femme Clementine dans leur nouvelle maison de Londres près de Hyde Park. Eade préparait l’édition des discours de guerre du Premier ministre et ils devaient discuter du dernier tome en date.
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On dit que les hommes célèbres sont habituellement le produit d’une enfance malheureuse. [...]
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"When we seek an example of great leaders with unalloyed courage, the person who comes to mind is Winston Churchill: the iconic, visionary war leader immune from the consensus of the day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. But how did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on the superior force of Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and so many others had caved? In Churchill, Andrew Roberts gives readers the full and definitive Winston Churchill, from birth to lasting legacy, as personally revealing as it is compulsively readable. Roberts gained exclusive access to extensive new material: transcripts of War Cabinet meetings, diaries, letters and unpublished memoirs from Churchill's contemporaries. The Royal Family permitted Roberts--in a first for a Churchill biographer--to read the detailed notes taken by King George VI in his diary after his weekly meetings with Churchill during World War II. This treasure trove of access allows Roberts to understand the man in revelatory new ways, and to identify the hidden forces fueling Churchill's legendary drive. We think of Churchill as a hero who saved civilization from the evils of Nazism and warned of the grave crimes of Soviet communism, but Roberts's masterwork reveals that he has as much to teach us about the challenges leaders face today--and the fundamental values of courage, tenacity, leadership and moral conviction."--Dust jacket.

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