Churchill on the Home Front, 1900–1955

Paul Addison
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ISBN 9780571296392 Format Paperback
Published 17/01/2013 Length 518 pages

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'The best one-volume study of Churchill yet available.' David Cannadine, Observer

'Magisterial.' Vernon Bogdanor, New Statesman

'A tour de force... A masterly chronicle of Churchill as a domestic figure rather than as the bulldog wartime leader, and one of the most subtle portraits of him as a politician. Addison revises the view of Churchill as uninterested and out of his depth in domestic affairs, painting instead a nuanced picture of a canny parliamentarian. Churchill changed parties twice but managed to accomplish the change, writes Addison, 'with exceptional dexterity', making it appear as if he were maintaining his principles while the parties changed theirs... Addison's most interesting assertion is that the rise of Hitler saved Churchill from drifting into right-wing irrelevance. Most impressively, Addison doesn't settle for easy classifications, admitting that 'Churchill... is a man of whom almost everything that can be said is true in part.'' Kirkus Review

  • About Paul Addison

    Paul Addison, born 1943, is a historian based at the University of Edinburgh. His interests lie in the social and political history of twentieth-century Britain. The author of many books, his Churchill on the Home Front, 1900-1955 and Now the War is Over: A Social History of Britain, 1945-1951 are being reissued in Faber Finds. As is The Burning Blue: A New History of the Battle of Britain which he co-edited with Jeremy Crang. His latest book, published by The Oxford University Press, is No Turning Back: The Peacetime Revolutions of Post-war Britain.

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