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A bestseller that's causing a scandal in Britain, this defiantly revisionist history of the Churchillian era paints a new and often uncomfortable portrait of those who, once they were certain Winston Churchill was in the ascendant, hitched themselves to his star. 8 pages of photos.
Published July 1st 1995 by Simon & Schuster
(first published April 3rd 1995)
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http://nhw.livejournal.com/928920.html[return][return]It's a book of essays blaming "Britain's postwar decline" [sic] on foolish decisions made by Conservatives themselves. Except it isn't really; most of the essays are attacks on sacred cows. The first piece looks at the character flaws and foolish political views, including thorough-going anti-semitism, of King George VI, and while the evidence is marshalled very skilfully it feels like a bit of a sledgehammer to crack a nut; it's not like the ...more
Dr Andrew Roberts, who was born in 1963, took a first class honours degree in Modern History at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, from where he is an honorary senior scholar and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). He has written or edited twelve books, and appears regularly on radio and television around the world. Based in New York, he is an accomplished public speaker, and is represented by Har ...moreMore about Andrew Roberts...