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In the Footsteps of Churchill (edició 2005)

de Richard Holmes (Autor)

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To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Churchill s death, renowned historian Richard Holmes brings his unparalleled knowledge of the military together with his eye for illuminating detail to his biography of one of Britain s greatest leaders.Although much has been written on Churchill s management of Britain through the crisis years of the Second World War, In the Footsteps of Churchill takes the reader back to the explosive colour of his early life to discover the influences that shaped the man.Holmes examines how the qualities that made Churchill great also led him to commit catastrophic blunders. The recklessness that made him a hero when he was a young correspondent during the Boer War, for example cost thousands of Allied lives when it emerged during his planning of the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.From the beginning, we are immersed in the colourful detail and atmosphere of Churchill s world.… (més)
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Títol:In the Footsteps of Churchill
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Informació:BBC Books (2005), Edition: First Edition, 352 pages
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Interesting, if somewhat biased, view of Churchill and his genius - mostly from the point of view of a military historian. A good introduction to his life and how he came to be seen as the virtual savior of Britain during WW2. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
The Christmas season being a time for such excesses as whisky and cigars, I thought it a good moment to dive into this biography.

Actually, this book is meant for people reasonably familiar with Sir Winston's biography and the history of Britain during his lifetime. Mr. Holmes dissects Winston's character and decisions. The old hero comes out bruised and a little scathed. The writer concludes that although Sir Winston was egotistic and often wrong, he was a man of honour who stood on the side of civilisation, understood the danger of Nazi Germany better than most others, and led his country through its finest hour to ultimate victory in the European theatre of the Second World War.

You can also read this book as a case study in leadership, and a humbling one at that. Even great personalities with a career of decades end up with a very mixed record. They do not tell you that in your average airport bookstore leadership book. ( )
  mercure | Nov 29, 2009 |
Leading British military historian Holmes offers not a biography but an interpretation of the man, one that highlights the ironic fact that the social and political order Churchill defended has virtually disappeared. His Churchill was an unquiet spirit; Holmes describes him as spinning from crisis to crisis for most of his life, gaining experience and wisdom the hard way: helping to commit an unprepared Britain to war in 1914; forging '20s economic policies that left later governments unable to undertake the military buildup Churchill then demanded; failing to maintain Britain's position as a great power after WWII. Both before and after that war, Churchill, Holmes shows, devoted his considerable talent as a historian to misrepresenting the historical record to his advantage. But in 1940 Winston Churchill was able to define his and Britain's century in battle against the Nazis, and, for Holmes, that has been enough to secure his greatness. Holmes has no use for the revisionist argument that Britain was best advised to compromise in the crucial summer of 1940. Instead he demonstrates that Churchill's eloquence, courage and honour left an unforgettable legacy to the British people, and to free men and women everywhere. Holmes similarly demolishes charges that Churchill was a racist and a warmonger. He presents a man truly larger than life.

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As in Paul Addison's Churchill (2005), this analytic portrayal of Winston Churchill's personality assumes readers are familiar with the basic biography. Tackling Churchill's quip that he knew what history would say about him because he intended to write it, Holmes subjects Churchill's voluminous output to examination as part of his consideration of Churchill's traits and abilities, from his boyish egotism to his enduring eloquence. Holmes attaches the drama of Churchill's life to a framework of the two primary political trends that dominated British affairs during his career: the abandonment of imperial isolation as a foreign policy and the growth of a centralized welfare state. Weighing Churchill's start as a radical liberal and later movement to the right, Holmes turns over the criticisms accumulated by opponents (and later biographers) and adds more about Churchill's two performances as First Lord of the Admiralty. Fluent with Churchillian details, Holmes, despite manifest reservations, shapes them into a saliency that supports the case for Churchill's historical greatness. Gilbert Taylor
  antimuzak | Apr 11, 2006 |
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To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Churchill s death, renowned historian Richard Holmes brings his unparalleled knowledge of the military together with his eye for illuminating detail to his biography of one of Britain s greatest leaders.Although much has been written on Churchill s management of Britain through the crisis years of the Second World War, In the Footsteps of Churchill takes the reader back to the explosive colour of his early life to discover the influences that shaped the man.Holmes examines how the qualities that made Churchill great also led him to commit catastrophic blunders. The recklessness that made him a hero when he was a young correspondent during the Boer War, for example cost thousands of Allied lives when it emerged during his planning of the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.From the beginning, we are immersed in the colourful detail and atmosphere of Churchill s world.

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