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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
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