Churchill: The Life
An authorised pictorial biography
By Max Arthur
A unique illustrated biography of the greatest Briton, in association with Churchill Heritage.
A unique illustrated biography of the greatest Briton, in association with Churchill Heritage. Includes rare and previously unpublished images, and highlights from the Churchill Papers, family artefacts and the Broadwater Collection of photograph albums at the Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge, as well as other collections
When Winston Spencer Churchill was born in 1874, no one could have predicted the path that lay ahead. But, as it turned out, from Winston's undistinguished academic career to his front-line experiences as a soldier and journalist whether in India, Sudan or Cuba, and during the Boer War or in the trenches of World War I; through his unparalleled political career with all its ups and downs; to his 'finest hour' leading Britain during World War II, he was never to be far from the world's attention.
Now the boy, the soldier, the writer, the orator, the politician, the statesman and the family man are all brought to life in this absorbing illustrated book. Featuring both letters to 'Mama' from the homesick - but rebellious - schoolboy and telegrams to Stalin, it highlights some of the most gripping communications from the Churchill Archives. Facsimiles of hand-annotated speech notes are paired with fascinating memorabilia, such as the poster for the reward for his capture during the Boer War, a specimen of one of his infamous cigars, a favourite gramophone record and his Parliamentary despatch box. This book also showcases pictures from his family photograph collection, providing a more intimate portrait of Churchill the husband, the family man and even Churchill the animal lover. Exhaustively researched, Churchill: The Life includes previously unpublished images - such as Winston as a cadet at Harrow and his casket's final journey into Bladon cemetery - as well as rare images of him as a baby and specially shot artefacts from family archives.
Together with his unique selection of images, acclaimed historian Max Arthur's evocative and insightful narrative text gets to the core of Winston's character, using his own words and those of some of those closest to him, to provide a comprehensive study of the man and his life. This is a stunning tribute to a remarkable man.
Max Arthur is Britain's leading oral historian.
His unique work on the Great War gives the public an extraordinary insight into what it was like to experience a global conflict on a personal level. His classic books, Forgotten Voices of the Great War and Last Post, have sold more than a million copies worldwide. The subsequent publication of Forgotten Voices of the Second World War spent many weeks in the bestseller lists.
Max's 2007 publication, The Faces of World War I, published by Cassell, is the biggest-selling illustrated book on the conflict in the UK.
In 2013 he was honoured with an OBE for his services to military history.
Churchill Heritage works on behalf of the heirs and descendants of Sir Winston Churchill to promote and support the good causes associated with his life and legacy.
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22 Oct 2015
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