'The point of the Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference.' On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays - with characteristic wit and passion-a man of multiple contradictions, contagious bravery, breath-taking eloquence, matchless strategizing, and deep humanity. Fearless on the battlefield, Churchill had to be ordered by the King to stay out of action on D-Day; he pioneered aerial bombing, yet hated the destruction of war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors. He was a celebrated journalist, a great orator and won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was famous for his ability to combine wining and dining with many late nights of crucial wartime decision-making. His open-mindedness made him a pioneer in health care, education, and social welfare, though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect. Most of all, as Boris Johnson says, 'Churchill is the resounding human rebuttal to all who think history is the story of vast and impersonal economic forces'. THE CHURCHILL FACTOR is a book to be enjoyed not only by anyone interested in history: it is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what makes a great leader.
As the author himself acknowledges, there are many more erudite and more extensive accounts of Churchill’s life by serious historians such as Martin Gilbert, Roy Jenkins, Andrew Roberts, and Max Hastings. However, Johnson’s strength is in his wonderfully relaxed style of writing, full of anecdote and fact. He makes no secret of his admiration for the great man, although he acknowledges his weaknesses as well as his strengths. In just 400 pages Johnson rattles highs and lows of the great man’s life from his birth at Blenheim Palace and his Harrovian schooldays, through his many experiences in both World Wars, and his private life with his beloved Clemmie at Chartwell, to his role as post-war statesman, pushing for the special relationship with the USA, campaigning for a united Europe and helping create the modern Middle East. It is a joy to read, and should inspire the reader to move on to the more academic accounts of Churchill’s many lives.
Publication date: 23/10/2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||23rd October 2014|
|Publisher:||Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, History,|
Boris Johnson was elected Mayor of London in May 2008. Before this he was the Editor of the Spectator, Member of Parliament for Henley on Thames, Shadow Minister for the Arts and Shadow Minister for Higher Education. He is the author of many books, notably Johnson's Life of London (re-issued as The Spirit of London), Have I Got Views for You and Dream of Rome.More About Boris Johnson