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bengalbait
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Winston Churchill Biography.

I'm interested in his life, especially how Gallipoly seemed to define his later political career. Any recomendations on a good biography that's not too dry.


RebelliousGooner
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
Andrew Roberts released one a couple of years ago. I read it, took a long time, but it is very good.


bengalbait
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
Thank you.


Htowntiger90
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
William Manchester's first two volumes of The Last Lion are good, if you want something very thorough and long. Definitely not dry - Manchester was a great writer, but you have to like his style, and be ready for some vocab lessons. He also covers a lot of British history and episodes/characters you might think are tangential to Churchill. But an entertaining writer.

Manchester died before finishing the third volume.
Another writer took it over for him, and that book was not as well reviewed.

I've only read the first two volumes of The Last Lion. These are others I'm interested in:

Andrew Roberts' book got good reviews overall.

Roy Jenkins' biography might be worth reading. Jenkins was a former member of Parliament and held some of the same positions as Churchill. So he would have good insight into British politics & Churchill's perspective etc.

Martin Gilbert was Churchill's official biographer. He's written lots of other history books as well.
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NolaLovingClemsonFan
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
I'm about a quarter of the way through Sand & Steel, and it touches on Churchill extensively given his obvious impact on Operation Overlord.

It, of course, won't go as deep on Churchill as a biography, but it gets into all of his WWI experience and details how that affected both his lead-up to and his experiences throughout WWII.


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Kafka
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
This is a good, readable general intro-bio:

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Pretty much anything by Paul Johnson is worth reading (Modern Times is a must MUST read)


Lsujacket66
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
Walking with Destiny


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beachdude
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
I’m a member of the International Churchill Society. I would affirm the recommendations on this thread of Manchester’s, Robert’s, Jenkins’, and Johnson’s biographies. However, one should also read Churchill’s own accounts of war in the Punjab, the Sudan, South Africa, the Great War, WW2, and his thoughts on communism and socialism. A very good book to read in our current climate is Churchill and Orwell. The very best information of course is his official biography begun by Randolph Churchill, but finished in excellence by Sir Martin Gilbert.


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selfgen
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
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Any recomendations on a good biography that's not too dry.


I would suggest the biography by Giles Milton.
You’ll have to google the title of the book. I can’t recall it


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pensacola
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
Even the Churchill Society may fall to wokeness. Two years ago Admiral Stavridis gave the keynote with the premise that climate change is the greatest national security threat to the USA. Don’t worry about the CCP carrier in the Formosa Straits, let’s concentrate on the Antarctic.


coolpapaboze
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts is probably the most recent and is a comprehensive one volume bio. It reflects some new material, specifically Churchill's correspondence with King George VI, as well as some other papers. Manchester's three volume bio is also very good. The Splendid and the Vile is Erik Larson's account of the Churchill family's experience during the blitz, but that won't cover the period you are interested in.

Roberts' book is probably your best bet.


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vilma4prez
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
I can tell you one thing..
The man did not grow up poor.

I visited his family estate in England... good lord that place was huge.


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Rockbrc
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
Clementine by Sonia Purnell
Biography of his wife with a great deal of emphasis on him and his place in history


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Brooksy
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
Churchill's War


Tigris
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
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Churchill's War


A different book but I'm listening to:

Winston's War by Max Hastings

It focuses on the war years and is a pretty balanced look at how bleak things were for England early on and both Churchills brilliance and mistakes. Very good so far.

Max Hastings also wrote Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975 which I thought was very well done.


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WhoDatBammer
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
Not what you’re looking for, but I really enjoyed Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard. This book covers Churchill during the Boer War.


Statsattack
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
wasn't a fan of Candice book. Could have been bad narration


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Darcy
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
You can't take anything Gilbert says seriously. He's literally paid by the Churchill family to paint ol Winnie in the best terms.


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TankBoys32
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re: Winston Churchill Biography.
Hero of the Empire is a badass book. It’s about him fighting in the Boer War in South Africa and being captured prisoner and escaping. It also gives a lot of his background growing up. He was destined to lead Britain during a war.


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