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Churchill by Paul  Johnson
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Mar 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: biography-history

Winston Churchill was one of the biggest figures ever to play upon the stage of the 20th century. More than any other man (or any other 20 men) he stopped Hitler's domination of Europe and the world but that is only one of the well known contributions he made to the world. The sheer force of his personality and will continue to shape the world today in many ways that the average person doesn't realize. He was flawed and in some ways deeply so, but he was just what the world needed when it was most in need. When other leaders the world over pandered, cowered, denied or feared, he faced the enemies of freedom (such as facism and communisim) head on and won. And he faced them not only with force and resolve, but with humour, wit, and joy in the simple pleasures of life.

Paul Johnson manages to show us more of Churchill than one would ever imagine from a book so thin and this brief but insightful biography simultaneously makes you feel that you know "Winnie" and at the same time that you'd like to know him more. Four and a half stars if I could.

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