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Winston's War by Max Hastings
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This is a powerful, clear-eyed exposition of Churchill’s wartime leader. He details the great man’s strengths (including his indomitable will) and his weaknesses (his readiness to interfere with his generals in pursuit of wild schemes of dubious value) and finds value in both.

For example, Churchill’s schemes to aid Greece threatened the British hold on the Middle East and sent thousands of the ill equipped, poorly trained, and too often badly led British troops to their deaths or POW camps. But Churchill’s pursued this course because his brutal realism made him understand the British people would not long support a supine or inert government that was unwilling to take risks and fight.

The book ends with this summary: “...one of the greatest actors upon the stage of affairs the world has ever known...If his leadership through the Second World War was imperfect, it is certain that no other British ruler in history has matched his direction of the nation in peril.."
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