Churchill's Shadow: The Life and Afterlife of Winston Churchill - (Libro en Inglés)

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ISBN: 9781324002765
ISBN: 9781324002765
Editorial: Wheatcroft, Geoffrey
Autor: Wheatcroft, Geoffrey
Año de edición: 2021
N° Páginas: 640
Tipo de pasta: Pasta dura
Descripción: Biografía del autor Geoffrey Wheatcroft is an English journalist and the author of several books. As well as British newspapers, he writes frequently for the New York Review of Books, New York Times, and New Republic. He lives in Bath, England. Churchill is generally considered one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century, if not the greatest of all, revered for his opposition to appeasement, his defiance in the face of German bombing of England, his political prowess, his deft aphorisms, and his memorable speeches. He became the savior of his country, as prime minister during the most perilous period in British history, World War II, and is now perhaps even more beloved in America than in England.And yet Churchill was also very often in the wrong: he brazenly contradicted his own previous political stances, was a disastrous military strategist, and inspired dislike and distrust through much of his life. Before 1939 he doubted the efficacy of tank and submarine warfare, opposed the bombing of cities only to reverse his position, shamelessly exploited the researchers and ghostwriters who wrote much of the journalism and the books published so lucratively under his name, and had an inordinate fondness for alcohol that once found him drinking whisky before breakfast. When he was appointed to the cabinet for the first time in 1908, a perceptive journalist called him "the most interesting problem of personal speculation in English politics." More than a hundred years later, he remains a source of adulation, as well as misunderstanding.This revelatory new book takes on Churchill in his entirety, separating the man from the myth that he so carefully cultivated, and scrutinizing his legacy on both sides of the Atlantic. In effervescent prose, shot through with sly wit, Geoffrey Wheatcroft illuminates key moments and controversies in Churchill's career--from the tragedy of Gallipoli, to his shocking imperialist and racist attitudes, dealings with Ireland, support for Zionism, and complicated engagement with European integration.Charting the evolution and appropriation of Churchill's reputation through to the present day, Churchill's Shadow colorfully renders the nuance and complexity of this giant of modern politics. Críticas Few have argued the case as powerfully as Wheatcroft.... [He] is a skilled prosecutor with a rapier pen.... Wheatcroft's could be the best single-volume indictment of Churchill yet written.--Peter Baker "New York Times Book Review"A provocative reevaluation of an iconic figure.--Booklist, starred reviewAuthoritative.... Wheatcroft brings superior scholarship, controlled, intermittently witty prose, and warts-and-all admiration.... A lively and rigorous deep dive into the ambiguous, still-relevant geopolitical odyssey that Churchill represents.--Kirkus, starred reviewFans of history will find much value in this readable work.-- "Library Journal"Trenchant.... Even readers sick of Churchill will find much to enjoy, partly because Wheatcroft is such a fluent and entertaining writer, but also because he has so many interesting and provocative things to say.--Dominic Sandbrook "Sunday Times (UK)"Invigorating.... An exhilarating reassessment that will appeal to Churchill buffs and newcomers alike.--Publishers Weekly, starred reviewA clear-eyed, incisive, and superbly balanced account of Churchill, the man and the myth. Wheatcroft shows how a deeply flawed character, with outdated views on empire and race even by the standards of his own time, but a 'Rossini of rhetoric, ' caught a wave of history in 1940 and became the darling of the British and American Right. Much to think about in the twenty-first century.--Robert Gildea, professor of Modern History, University of Oxford, and author of Empires of the MindHagiographers beware; Wheatcroft has skewered the cult of Churchill hero worship. This book reminds us that while Churchill was Britain's savior in 1940, his v
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • Autor: Wheatcroft, Geoffrey
  • Editorial: Wheatcroft, Geoffrey
  • N° Paginas: 640
  • Tipo de pasta: Pasta dura
  • Envío: Desde EE.UU.