No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money

3.97 avg rating
( 232 ratings by Goodreads )
9781250105059: No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money
View all copies of this ISBN edition:

Named a Best Biography of the Year by The Wall Street Journal and The Times of London

The fascinating story of Winston Churchill's lifetime of tangled personal finances

Meticulously researched by a senior private banker now turned historian, No More Champagne reveals for the first time the full extent of the iconic British war leader's private struggle to maintain a way of life instilled by his upbringing and expected of his public position.

Lough uses Churchill's own most private records, many never researched before, to chronicle his family's chronic shortage of money, his own extravagance, and his recurring losses from gambling or trading in shares and currencies. Churchill tried to keep himself afloat by borrowing to the hilt, putting off bills, and writing "all over the place"; when all else failed, he had to ask family or friends to come to the rescue. Yet within five years of the war, he had taken advantage of his worldwide celebrity to transform his private fortunes with the same ruthlessness as he waged war, reaching 1945 with today's equivalent of £3 million in the bank. His lucrative war memoirs were still to come.

Throughout the story, Lough highlights the threads of risk, energy, persuasion, and sheer willpower to survive that link Churchill's private and public lives. He shows how constant money pressures often tempted him to short-circuit the ethical standards expected of public figures in his day before usually pulling back to put duty first-except where the taxman was involved.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

David Lough studied history at Oxford under Richard Cobb and Theodore Zeldin. After a career in financial markets, he founded a business that advises families on looking after their investments, tax affairs and estates. No More Champagne is his first book.


"Brilliantly illuminates one of the few unexplored aspects of Winston Churchill's life - his private finances. Based on a wealth of fresh documentary evidence, it also reveals much about his larger-than-life character. In these fascinating pages Churchill emerges as extravagant in every way, especially in his addiction to risk." Piers Brendon, author, "The Decline and Fall of the British Empire," and former Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge"

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

(No Available Copies)

Search Books:

Create a Want

If you know the book but cannot find it on AbeBooks, we can automatically search for it on your behalf as new inventory is added. If it is added to AbeBooks by one of our member booksellers, we will notify you!

Create a Want

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781250071262: No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1250071267 ISBN 13:  9781250071262
Publisher: Picador, 2015

9781784081812: No More Champagne: Churchill and his Money

Head o..., 2015

9781784081829: No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money

Head o..., 2016

9781510018112: No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money (Large Print Edition)

Clippe..., 2016