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Churchill's Shadow

The Life and Afterlife of Winston Churchill

by Geoffrey Wheatcroft

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Churchill's Shadow by Geoffrey Wheatcroft
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    Oct 2021, 640 pages

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A fascinating exploration of the lasting influence of British prime minister Winston Churchill and how his reputation has been polished by admirers and debunked by enemies.

Another book about Winston Churchill? Even with the astronomical number of titles written about the man from every conceivable angle — both pro and con — Geoffrey Wheatcroft miraculously finds new and compelling elements of Churchill's life to engage readers in Churchill's Shadow: The Life and Afterlife of Winston Churchill.

Not a conventional biography in any sense, Churchill's Shadow is rather an assortment of episodes in Churchill's life that reveal not only his actions, attitudes and philosophy, but also how he was viewed by his contemporaries on both sides of the Atlantic. As the word "shadow" in the title indicates, there is an ambivalence surrounding Churchill's impact, and it is this "history of opinions" that Wheatcroft elegantly assembles for the reader. One of the most famous men in British history, his celebrity has ballooned even larger after his death, as ...

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