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The Churchills: A Family Portrait

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  18 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The Churchills dominated world politics for generations—but, like every family, they too have their secrets. Winston's mother, Jennie, had an affair with the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, and her spendthrift habits devastated the family's reputation. The younger brother, Jack, played a crucial role both in Winston's successes and in holding the family together du ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2010)
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Sep 08, 2010 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always felt Churchill was a fascinating individual but I really didn't know anything about his family other than his mother was an American. This was a very readable history of the family, rather than the events of the time, concentrating primarily on Winston's parents and his brother, Jack and his family. There was a substanial amount of material from primary sources, such as letters and journal entries. Amazing family living in amzaing times.
It was about his early life. His father, mother and brother. Touched on his later life but not the main topic of the book. I enjoyed it. It touched on his last home, Chartwell. Joe and I went there on our visit to England. It was one of my favorite places that we went to.
A revisionist history of the Churchill family, largely based on Winston's nephew, Peregrine's, stash of family papers, including a diary of Jennie's. Straightforward and readable.
Dec 23, 2011 Jonelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I knew of Winston Churchill, it was a treat to get an insight into what made him the great leader that he became.
Nov 05, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative about the lives of aristocrats!! Also, interesting about Churchill's brother and rest of family.
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Jul 08, 2010 Judith Guyot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very detailed and a look inside the family. Lots of new information for me.
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