Winston Churchill remains one of the most iconic figures in British history, yet his record has been questioned in recent historical assessments. The author of Churchill's Folly and an expert on Churchill and his administration, Christopher Catherwood here offers a challenging, lively reassessment of this flawed but irreplaceable hero, arguing that Churchill understood the dangers of Nazi Germany before 1939 and was uniquely able to help Britain endure the brunt of German and Japanese aggression until America could join the fight.
"Christopher Catherwood is a master at explaining complex historical issues in an admirably clear way. In this fascinating account of Churchill's career he illustrates some very important features of 20th century history, at the same time as presenting a very human portrait of that great figure. This is a very fine book indeed."—Alexander McCall Smith
"A gem. Brief, authoritative and fair in its judgments—an intensely readable introduction to this most complex and fascinating man."—Graham Farmelo