The Fifty Best Books of the Last Forty Years - The International Churchill SocietyWhen titles are divided by a slashmark, the second title is the American, the first the English. Both these editions contain pp. Last reprint by Leo Cooper London and W. Norton New York. Editions through are highly collectable.
'His Finest Hour' - Audio Biography of Winston Churchill - 1954
Is this the best biography of Winston Churchill ever written?
The exciting explosion of books over recent years makes it impossible to be so rigid nowadays—so for our fortieth anniversary, we have simply listed fifty great books, alphabetically by author except that the Official Biography is at the top. Our list is not intended to be exclusive, and more nominations are welcome. We have cited at least one work from prolific Churchill authors such as Gilbert, Kimball, Sandys, Soames and Weidhorn, though their other titles are worth considering. Winners can be viewed here. Three changes from 1 We no longer list any work more than forty years old.
As a young man he was mentioned in dispatches for his bravery fighting alongside the Malakand Field Force on the North-West Frontier , and subsequently he took part in the last significant cavalry charge in British history at the Battle of Omdurman in central Sudan. Later, as prime minister during World War II, and by now in his mids, he thought nothing of visiting bomb sites during the Blitz or crossing the treacherous waters of the Atlantic to see President Roosevelt despite the very real chance of being torpedoed by German U-boats. Churchill had political courage too, not least as one of the few to oppose the appeasement of Hitler. Many had thought him a warmonger and even a traitor. If courage was not the issue, lack of judgment often was. Famous military disasters attached to his name, including Antwerp in , the Dardanelles Gallipoli in and Narvik in So too did political controversies, like turning up in person to instruct the police during a violent street battle with anarchists, defying John Maynard Keynes in returning Britain to the gold standard or rashly supporting Edward VIII during the abdication crisis.
Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as a Member of Parliament MP. Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, for most of his career he was a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from to , but from to was instead a member of the Liberal Party. Of mixed English and American parentage, Churchill was born in Oxfordshire to a wealthy, aristocratic family. Elected an MP in , initially as a Conservative, he defected to the Liberals in Asquith's Liberal government, Churchill served as President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary, and First Lord of the Admiralty, championing prison reform and workers' social security.