Winston Churchill: 10 Recent Books

Prime minister of Britain, a soldier, writer, and politician, Winston Churchill has had hundreds of books written about him. This selection includes ten books about Churchill published in the last few years.

Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England
By Lynne Olson
Olson presents a riveting history of the daring politicians who challenged the disastrous policies of the British government on the eve of World War II, describing in dramatic detail the public unrest that erupted as people realized how ill prepared the nation was to confront Hitler.

Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: The Dire Warning
By John Lukacs
A bestselling historian considers Churchill's first speech before Parliament after he became Prime Minister – a speech that transformed both Churchill and the nation he had come to lead.

Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945
By Carlo D'Este
Carlo D'Este's biography examines Winston Churchill through the prism of his military service as both a soldier and a warlord: a descendant of Marlborough who, despite never having risen above the rank of lieutenant colonel, came eventually at age sixty-five to direct Britain's military campaigns as prime minister and help defeat Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito for the democracies. Warlord chronicles Churchill's crucial role as one of the world's most renowned military leaders, from his early adventures on the North-West Frontier of colonial India and the Boer War through his extraordinary service in both World Wars. D’Este spoke at the Library in November 2008.

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Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age
By Arthur Herman
Historian Herman paints a forceful portrait of the emergence of the post-colonial era in the fateful contrast and surprising affinities between two historic figures on opposite sides of the struggle for Indian independence.

David & Winston: How the Friendship Between Lloyd George and Churchill Changed the Course of History
By Robert Lloyd George
Drawing on family archive material never before seen by historians, George provides an intimate biography of the friendship between his great-grandfather, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill, from their public politics to their private passions.

Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship
By Martin Gilbert
Churchill’s official biographer, Sir Martin Gilbert, explores the origins, implications, and results of Churchill’s determined commitment to Jewish rights, opening a window on an underappreciated and heroic aspect of the brilliant politician’s life and career.

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Churchill's Crusade: The British Invasion of Russia, 1918-1920
By Clifford Kinvig
In 1918, British forces landed at Archangel and Murmansk, under the auspices of Winston Churchill, to influence the military and political outcome of the Russian Revolution. Churchill was, of course, implacably opposed to Bolshevism, and his war machine was up against the Red Army, commanded by Leon Trotsky. This book presents the story of this war.

Churchill's Promised Land: Zionism and Statecraft
Michael Makovsky
This book explores the role that Zionism played in the political thought of Winston Churchill. Michael Makovsky traces the development of Churchill's positions toward Zionism from the period leading up to the First World War through his final years as prime minister in the 1950s. Setting Churchill's attitudes toward Zionism within the context of his overall worldview as well as within the context of twentieth-century British diplomacy, Makovsky offers a unique contribution to our understanding of Churchill.

In the Footsteps of Churchill
By Richard Holmes
The military historian Richard Holmes offers a reappraisal of Churchill by examining the early influences that shaped his character. Drawing on sources such as letters between the young Churchill and his parents, Holmes paints a complete portrait of the man who stood up to Hitler and led his people to victory against all odds.

Churchill and America
By Martin Gilbert
Named Churchill's official biographer in 1968, renowned historian Sir Martin Gilbert has amassed exclusive archival and personal documentation to explore the statesman's famed affinity for and relationship with the United States. Churchill and America tells the intensely personal story of Winston Churchill's profound connection to America, which resulted in an Anglo-American alliance that has stood at the center of international relations for more than a century.

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