This illustrated A–Z biographical companion presents information about all aspects of Winston Churchill's remarkable career, spotlighting the events and people with whom he was most closely associated.
This unique and comprehensive reference work, written by a distinguished British historian, is invaluable to anybody seeking to gain a greater understanding of the life and career of a man who was one of the truly great figures in modern history.
When Winston Churchill was still in his teens, he was already a man in a hurry—partly due to his fear that, like his father, he would die young. Born into aristocratic politics, he sought glory through battle as a means to secure a position in politics, fame, and money through the writing of books. To promote their careers, both he and his father made full use of their family connections and the allure of their social life.
Among the telling details revealed are that his mother, Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph), was an American heiress and was his major adviser and reliable friend when he was younger, and that his wife, Clementine, disliked and distrusted many of Winston's political cronies. This A–Z biographical dictionary covers everything from his grandiose spending, trademark agar and whiskey sodas, and silk underwear to his mother's many marriages and affairs, and his relationships with Edward VIII and Queen Elizabeth II.
Features • Contains 241 A–Z cross-referenced entries from the Atlantic Charter to the Yalta Conference • Includes over 40 photos chronicling Churchill's illustrious political career and a chronology of key events from his birth in 1874 to his state funeral in 1965
Highlights • Contains many interesting and enjoyable accounts of those whom Churchill knew and worked with and provides fascinating details and insights into his relationships with many of his contemporaries • Supplements the large number of biographies of Churchill and reveals many little-known aspects of his life
Chris Wrigley is professor of modern British history at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England.
Reviews "This book is a valuable resource for browsing or for research on specific people, places, or events connected to Churchill ... Recommended."—Library Media Connection
" ... even throughout ... This book is highly recommended for any library or other collection with one or more Churchill biographies on the shelves, which one would hope means that this book is recommended for all libraries."—American Reference Books Annual