“Churchill” by Paul Johnson
Published Nov. 3, 2009, by Viking
I’ve owned this biography of Churchill, who is undoubtedly Great Britain’s most lauded prime minister, for a couple of years. After seeing him portrayed by John Lithgow in “The Crown,” my interest in this book was finally piqued.
I found Johnson’s narrative of Churchill’s career rather hard to follow at times, and it often seemed like more of an analysis than a biography, but overall I learned a lot of interesting information. As other reviewers have noted, it’s a good pick for people like myself who want to read a more condensed account of Churchill’s life. If you want the blow-by-blow version, check out his memoirs. He was as verbose on paper as he was behind a podium!
I think the best part of the book is found in the epilogue, where Johnson — who was a boy in Britain at the time of Churchill’s leadership through World War II — shares lessons we can learn from Churchill and the way he lived. They’re good guidelines for anyone to follow.
About the author
Paul Johnson has published over 40 books including A History of Christianity (1979), A History of the English People (1987), Intellectuals (1988), The Birth of the Modern: World Society, 1815—1830 (1991), Modern Times: A History of the World from the 1920s to the Year 2000 (1999), A History of the American People (2000), A History of the Jews (2001) and Art: A New History (2003) as well as biographies of Elizabeth I (1974), Napoleon (2002), George Washington (2005) and Pope John Paul II (1982).
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