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American Jennie: The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  191 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Brooklyn-born Jennie Jerome married into the British aristocracy in 1874, after a three-day romance. She became Lady Randolph Churchill, wife of a maverick politician and mother of the most famous British statesman of the century. Jennie Churchill was not merely the most talked about and controversial American woman in London society, she was a dynamic behind-the-scenes ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published November 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 2007)
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Susan Stonesifer
Oct 25, 2014 Susan Stonesifer rated it really liked it
I have done some reading on this remarkable woman already. What I gleaned from this volume is that her lack of money influenced many poor decisions. She also had a strong libido which also pushed her into unwise marriages. She might have taken over the world today. Instead she poured much of her strength into supporting Winston and his career.
Oct 15, 2016 itpdx rated it liked it
I will admit that I came to this book with a bad attitude. It is a selection of my book club. My reaction was Jennie Jerome Churchill is only researched and written about because she was the mother of Winston Churchill and that he bore her mark (or scars). I did not vote for it and was disappointed when it was selected. I seriously considered not reading it because I will be away on vacation at the time of the discussion. But read it, I did and it just re-enforced my opinion.

Jennie was a spoiled
As a connoisseur of books about the Gilded Age, particularly of the large numbers of American heiresses who traveled to Europe to marry nobility in this time, I was interested in this biography of Jennie Jerome who became the mother of Winston Churchill. What an interesting life she had! (And her death was worthy of Carrie Bradshaw...)

I read this between fiction, so it took a while. Too, it seemed sad that as she grew up, this woman never seemed to outgrow the rattling young woman that she'd bee
Apr 16, 2013 Alex rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, non-fiction, bio
While full of interesting facts and theories on the exciting life of Jennie Churchill I did not end the book feeling that I had a better understanding of her life or even of life in that era. The writing at times was confusing enough to require re-readings of many pages just to make sure I knew who the writer was discussing. It certainly piqued my curiosity about her famous son Winston Churchill and the American money-for-titles wives who flooded England at the turn of the century. A good ...more
Oct 20, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it
Certainly proof of the power of an involved mother. Jennie was the power behind the polital rise of Winston. She had earlier been very involved in the politial life of her husband, Randolph. Jennie was a beautiful, musically talented woman who always lived beyond her means and had a rather prolific 'love life.' Her American family moved to Europe with the goal of marrying their three daughters to nobility. An interesting book with coloraful characters, yet certainly not noble in character. I ...more
Alesha Hubbell
Mar 09, 2013 Alesha Hubbell rated it really liked it
A very interesting account of the life of a woman I knew very little about before reading this book. A very strong and intelligent woman who used her wiles in to advance her family and raised amazing children. That the mother of Winston Churchill engaged in some of this behavior adds a very different demention to my idea of him and all he did. This book shows a different side of Victorian English society as well from the point of view of an outsider.
Mar 26, 2008 Cynthia rated it it was ok
I looked forward to reading this biography of Jennie Churchill, the mother of Winston and wife of Randolph. Born in Brooklyn, NY (and you can see the plaque in front of her home on Henry Street), she led an interesting and yet, frustrating life. The author of this book failed to bring Jennie alive for me, reporting in a factual but not always engaging manner, and sometimes reaching psychological conclusions that weren't necessarily justified.
Janie Hoskins stansel
I have yet to find a completely satisfying biography of Lady Randolph Churchill. There is too much bias one way or the other in the ones I've read. I would also like to read the original letters several of her biographers have used.

All in all, an interesting read. I enjoyed learning more about this fascinating woman. Whether or not she was the most moral person, she lived a full and interesting life. She's one of those people from the past with whom I'd like to have lunch.
Lady of the Lake
I love historical bios looking into someone's life from the past. It is certainly clear why Winston was the way he was with a never say fail attitude gotten clearly from his mother. Lady Churchill did whatever she had to to keep the life she wanted to have the best of everything. She knew what she wanted she went and got it.
Feb 19, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Very well researched book telling the sad life of Lady Churchill. I'm not sure that I like her...she was spoiled and careless with her money, and desperate for love. She was fascinating though, especially since she was Winston Churchill's mother.
Apr 10, 2009 Demi rated it really liked it
Fascinating life these Churchills lived; so different from mine. I think Jennie was way ahead of her time. I find it amazing Winston Churchill turned out so well given his upbringing; i.e. he was basically ignored by his parents.
Dec 14, 2009 Donald rated it it was ok
Dull. This woman was not all that remarkable. I found her to be a whining, pampered rich man's daughter who couldn't accept rules for her and her son and tried in every way to circumvent them.
Mar 29, 2015 Sfrith rated it really liked it
Educational story about Lady Randolph Churchill and her influence on her oldest son, Winston Churchill. Highly recommend.
Feb 15, 2016 Deborah rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Interesting biography of a woman I knew very little about. I found the beginning a little slow, but once Jennie reached her late teens, the story was very interesting.
Oct 31, 2012 Deborah rated it it was ok
The subject is interesting but the writing is unclear and inconsistent. I haven't finished reading it yet and may not get around to it.
Aug 22, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am into all things Churchill, so I enjoyed this audiobook. She was amazing. This account of Jennie is good companion reading to enjoy with "The Last Lion" about her son Winston.
Lynne Nikolaisen
Jun 06, 2015 Lynne Nikolaisen rated it liked it
Interesting insight into Victorian England. Funny so many titled people with so little money. They had to find rich Americans looking for social standing. A bit long
Jan 26, 2011 Ann rated it liked it
An interesting biography of Jennie Churchill, Winston Churchill's mother. I had known she was American, but didn't realize what an interesting life she had!
May 30, 2012 Janel rated it really liked it
Excellent book. Extremely readable. I've read a lot about Winston Churchill but not about his mother. Recommend to anyone who enjoys history.
Deborah Lunceford
Sep 11, 2016 Deborah Lunceford rated it it was amazing
Jan 13, 2010 Sherry rated it it was ok
Good information, but dry, read more like a compilation of letters.
Sep 03, 2013 Penny rated it really liked it
Probably more of a 3.5, but I bumped it up to 4 due to interesting subject matter.
Amelia Osterud
Jan 15, 2013 Amelia Osterud rated it it was amazing
This is well researched book about a very interesting woman.
Aug 08, 2011 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, absorbing and extremely readable. A fascinating account of a fascinating woman.
Jean Lauterbach
Dec 30, 2012 Jean Lauterbach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love all things Churchill. The story/history is great,but the writing is a bit dry.
Laura Lee
May 23, 2012 Laura Lee rated it liked it
Well researched. Pretty good.
Mr. Pe Mr. Pe
this book is great i recommend this to everyone
May 08, 2008 Jaime rated it liked it
Recommends it for: an anglophile who wants to see an American connection
The first few chapters were interesting and easy to read but now I'm stalled.
Apr 12, 2016 Kathleen added it
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Martina rated it it was amazing
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Anne Sebba began her writing career at the BBC world service, Arabic section, while still a student. After graduating from King’s College, London in Modern European History, she worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters in London and Rome, the first woman Reuters accepted on their Graduate Trainee Scheme. In 1975 she moved to New York with her husband and first baby returning two years later ...more
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