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The Churchill factor : how one man made history, Boris Johnson

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The Churchill factor : how one man made history
Title
The Churchill factor
Title remainder
how one man made history
Statement of responsibility
Boris Johnson
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The mayor of London and former Spectator editor challenges popular misconceptions to assess Churchill's enduring influence on the world, discussing the many contradictions of his life and his considerable political and military achievements
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Review
  • While there are many accounts of Winston Churchill and his political savvy, one would be remiss to ignore this sprightly written volume by Johnson, whose day job is serving as mayor of London. Johnson's purpose in retelling Churchill's story is quite simple: he believes that the portly, cigar smoking, whiskey imbibing politician was, without doubt, the greatest British statesman in history. He further contends that we can learn much from examining how Churchill defended the British Empire, defeated Adolf Hitler's intimidating forces, and confronted the rise of communism—all in the name of representative government in the modern age. The author surveys Churchill's life (1874–1965) from beginning to end in a style that uses descriptive and occasionally unexpected words to portray the politician's business arrangements and entry into World War II. (For example, he employs the terms vaginal, cervix, uterus , and phallus to describe the Gallipoli Campaign, one of the Allies' greatest failures.) VERDICT Johnson's history of Churchill is well crafted, amply researched, and a pleasure to read. It can serve as a change of pace from more plodding accounts. [See Prepub Alert, 6/2/14.]— Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames --Ed Goedeken (Reviewed October 15, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 17, p104)
  • London mayor Johnson (Johnson's Life of London: The People Who Made the City that Made the World, 2012, etc.) takes a look at the quintessential British leader and his massively widespread influence on global affairs. The author studies how this one incredible man played some role in every war from the Boer War to the Cold War. Young Churchill was effectively ignored by his aristocratic father and received little attention from his American-born mother. Nonetheless, he developed an incredible ego and belief in his own prowess. Of course, he wasn't actually perfect and made plenty of mistakes, many of which Johnson covers in a delightful chapter called "Winston Churchill and the Art of Surviving the Cataclysmic Cock-Up." The author attempts to explore the personality of Churchill and how he reacted to situations. Though his drinking was legion, Johnson points out that, on the other hand, Hitler was a teetotaler, "a deformity that accounts for much misery." Churchill possessed a gambler's temperament, fearing no risk, and he was also a weathervane for political thought. From his father, who was unrepentantly disloyal, he inherited his disdain of party loyalty, and he made it his life's work to make his name one of the most significant in political and diplomatic history. In his dealings with Hitler, Johnson refers to him as "the crowbar of destiny," since "[i]f he hadn't…put up resistance, that Nazi train would have carried right on." As the author demonstrates, Churchill still affects us all, from the makeup of the Middle East (he coined the phrase) to the Cold War and the European Union—not to mention the prodigious amount of writing he left behind. Despite the author's drifts into hagiography and occasionally contrived prose ("his dentition was assisted by artifice"), reading about Churchill is always a delight, and Johnson is an accomplished, accessible writer.(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2014)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10386441
Cataloging source
YDXCP
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Johnson, Boris
Dewey number
  • 941.084/092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DA566.9.C5
LC item number
J635 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Churchill, Winston
  • Churchill, Winston
  • Prime ministers
  • Politicians
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Great Britain
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how one man made history
Label
The Churchill factor : how one man made history, Boris Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1055630
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
390 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781594633027
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781594633027
  • (OCoLC)871192289
Label
The Churchill factor : how one man made history, Boris Johnson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1055630
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
390 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781594633027
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781594633027
  • (OCoLC)871192289

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