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The Churchill Factor How One Man Made History by Boris Johnson
  

The Churchill Factor How One Man Made History

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From one political renegade to another as Boris Johnson distils the essence of the Churchill magic. He considers Churchill in wartime and in peacetime, his bravery, outspokenness, oratory and legendary capacity for drink and cigars. We quickly learn politics and leadership doesn’t have to be the battle of the bland – one man – or woman can stand out and make a difference. ~ Sue Baker

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Johnson makes no secret of his admiration for Churchill, but his strength is in his wonderfully relaxed style of writing. He rattles through the highs and lows of the great man’s life from his birth at Blenheim Palace and his Harrovian schooldays, through his 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.
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The Churchill Factor How One Man Made History by Boris Johnson

'He writes with gusto...the result is a book that is never boring, genuinely clever ...this book sizzles.' The Times 'The must-read biography of the year.' Evening Standard 'The point of the Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference.' Marking 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.

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'The must-read biography of the year.' Evening Standard

'Genuinely clever... this book sizzles.' The Times

'Churchill's own energy - his indefatigable pursuit of excitement, glory, place and power - demands a writer of fizz and passion to do history justice. Johnson is that writer.' Mail on Sunday

'A bravura performance...Johnson has not only celebrated Churchill in this book: he has emulated him with comparable panache.' Financial Times

'A characteristically breathless romp through the life and times of our greatest wartime leader...high on entertainment as it is on providing an appraisal of the great man's achievements.' Telegraph

About the Author

Boris Johnson

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.

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Publication date

2nd July 2015

Author

Boris Johnson

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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History
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Biography: historical, political & military
Political leaders & leadership

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9781444783056

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