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Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill

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In modern memory, Winston Churchill remains the man with the cigar and the equanimity among the ruins. Few can remember that at the age of 40, he was considered washed up, his best days behind him. In Young Titan, historian Michael Shelden has produced the first biography focused on Churchill’s early career, the years between 1901 and 1915 that both nearly undid him but al ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Simon Schuster (first published March 2013)
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Caroline
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Caroline by: Caroline Ball
I am probably one of the few people in the world who has not read a book about Churchill. I am not interested in reading about politics and I am not interested in reading about war, ergo Churchill has been outside my range. Yet of course he has been an heroic figure in the British landscape all my life, with the drip, drip, drip of anecdotes that this always involves, and that false sense that one knows the man. It was definitely time I took steps to find out more.

This book describes Churchill's
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TR Peterson
When many think of Winston Churchill, it is undoubtedly as the elder statesman with the jowly, bulldog face and steely determination to stand alone against the Nazis. In Shelden's Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill we see instead an overly confident, young, aristocratic talk of the town who romances a number of women, most of which turn down his proposals for marriage, before finding and marrying Clementine Hozier who will remain his lifelong companion.

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Adam Yoshida
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the tenth Winston Churchill biography that I've read and, in my opinion, one of the best. Over the last year I've gotten into "specialist" Churchill biographies - "Mr. Churchill's Profession" (about Churchill as a writer), "Warlord" (about Churchill as a military leader) and now this one (in addition to re-reading the three-volume Manchester bio). In particular, this book provided fresh new insight - something quite rare into so-studied a man as Winston - in the area of Churchill's evolu ...more
Janine Urban
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must confess that I am not an avid Churchill reader; my book interests tend to run the gamut too much to stick to one person or thing. But I still find him to be a fascinating character, hardly a dull moment and I love that he is self aware. He's conceited and knows it; never apologizes for it. This book sets the stage for the rise of Churchill's career. These are the moments in his political career that would help shape and define him. I started off by thinking this was no Manchester biograph ...more
Caroline
Churchill was a man who had not one but two political lives, and given that his second encompassed the Second World War it's hardly a surprise that in any biography the bulk of the attention is paid to his later career. The mental image of Churchill we all have is from his war years - the cigar, the bowler hat, the V for Victory signal. But Churchill was 66 years old when he became Prime Minister and he had spent a good twenty-plus years in relative political exile before that, so it is all too ...more
Erez Davidi
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have already read a few biographies of Churchill which were, for the most part, fairly good. However, I always felt that they skimmed through Churchill's youth and, naturally, focused on him during WWII. By reading this new book by Shelden, I was hoping to gain a few insights into the events that shaped Churchill's life and made him into the person he was.

Since the title suggests that the focus is on young Churchill, I was expecting to read about Churchill's childhood. Nevertheless, Shelden co
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Ben
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History buffs
The Young Titan deals with Churchill as a young man, fresh on Britain's political and social scenes. He immediately makes his mark in Parliament as brilliant and intelligent, a forceful orator, a "comer" and ...as untrustworthy. That latter assessment is both from members of his own, first, political party the Tories , and then from the Liberal party, which Churchill joins after a policy dispute with the leaders of the Tories. The fact that Churchill sees a looming deceive
Tory defeat in the next
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Peter
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a very interesting book which gave an insight of the experiences which lead to the formation of his personality. He had an incredible command of the English language and a memory to recover choice phrases when making speeches or debating a point in Parliament. He used this ability on his lecture tours and in his writing to make enough money to support his lifestyle. His outlook was also very much coloured by his upbringing and privileged class. He was also a talented painter a ...more
Rick
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well written history of Churchill's early political career. A meteoric rise and shocking collapse after he is scapegoated for the failed attempt to invade Turkey in World War I . The book is really good on the politics and personalities off edwardinian Great Britain. The politics and animosities of its practioners show that the vitriolic dislike that r's and D's have in modern DC is nothing new. I enjoyed this opportunity to revisit an exciting and interesting time. If you like history ,e ...more
judy
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A highly readable biography that appears to be excellently sourced as well as providing new material. Churchill's early years as a rising politician were fascinating. It's easy to see why the author could stop where he did and still have provided a delightful reading experience. My only question is---where do I go now?
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