In Search of Churchill: A Historian's Journey

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Martin Gilbert's life of Winston Churchill runs to eight main volumes with more than 15 supplementary volumes. He began working on the biography 25 years ago, when he was summoned by Randolph Churchill to his home in East Bergholt. He expected this to be a day's visit, but he was taken on as Randolph's assistant, and after his death appointed as his successor. In search of the "true" Churchill, Martin Gilbert has travelled all over the world in Churchill's footsteps: the Western Front, Gallipoli, Palestine, India and the sites of the World War II Allied summits. In the course of writing the book, he met all the surviving political leaders of Churchill's era and has many stories to tell about them. This personal account of Martin Gilbert's quest to capture the most famous Prime Minister of Great Britain is also in part a history of our times. The author combines these two in a narrative balanced in argument and anecdote.

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Gilbert's eight-volume biography of Churchill is the largest ever written and, in the opinion of many, the greatest. This book is a fascinating account of the author's 30-year quest for his subject, offering a provocative glimpse into how a successful biographer practices his craft. Contains fresh new vignettes of Churchill which are not included in the official biography along with a concise insightful history of the era in which Britain's most famous prime minister lived.

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In Search of Churchill Martin Gilbertís landmark eight-volume biography of Winston Churchill is considered one of the greatest ever written. And the story behind it is every bit as fascinating as its celebrated subject. In Search of Churchill is the critically acclaimed tale of the authorís thirtyyear quest for one of the legendary leaders and dominant personalities of the twentieth century. This brilliant account is at once a striking portrayal of Winston Churchill as seen through the eyes of those closest to him and a rare, inside look at "the Agatha Christie side of the historianís art" (London Financial Times). In Search of Churchill reveals the staggering extent of Gilbertís research, an epic undertaking that he began in 1962 as Randolph Churchillís assistant. From that auspicious beginning to the exultant moment when, some twentyfive years later, the author "reached the final file in the bottom drawer of the last filing cabinet," we witness the extraordinary process of countless interviews, of digging ever more deeply to dispel the myths and stereotypes, of alternately charming and cajoling those sources reluctant to confide. Now, share some of the great moments in Martin Gilbertís pursuit, and meet an unforgettable cast of characters along the way: secretaries, assistants, diarists, correspondents, soldiers, politicians, civil servants; the eminent and the unknown. All had tales to tell, many appearing for the first time in this book. Through these intimate recollections a remarkable pattern emerges. The impressions Churchill made on those he met, even as an adolescent, were indelible. From schoolmates to members of Parliament, family friends to casual acquaintances, all were convinced he was unique ó and a true man of destiny. Here, then, is an unparalleled opportunity to view the complex character of the man behind the public personaóseen at his most unguarded moments. Filled with intriguing anecdotes that could not be included in the formal biography, In Search of Churchill unfolds with vigorous enthusiasm and unbounded affection for its subject. It is must reading, not only for Churchill devotees, but for all those interested in the art of biography.

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