Churchill's Empire

Churchill's Empire

The World That Made Him and the World He Made

Book - 2010
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The imperial aspect of Churchill's career tends to be airbrushed out, while the battles against Nazism are heavily foregrounded.
A charmer and a bully, Winston Churchill was driven by a belief that the English were a superior race, whose goals went beyond individual interests to offer an enduring good to the entire world. No better example exists than Churchill's resolve to stand alone against a more powerful Hitler in 1940 while the world's democracies fell to their knees. But there is also the Churchill who frequently inveighed against human rights, nationalism, and constitutional progress--the imperialist who could celebrate racism and believed India was unsuited to democracy. Drawing on newly released documents and an uncanny ability to separate the facts from the overblown reputation (by mid-career Churchill had become a global brand), Richard Toye provides the first comprehensive analysis of Churchill's relationship with the empire.
Instead of locating Churchill's position on a simple left/right spectrum, Toye demonstrates how the statesman evolved and challenges the reader to understand his need to reconcile the demands of conscience with those of political conformity.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805087956
Characteristics: 423 p. ; 25 cm.

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BertBailey
Mar 19, 2013

I'll be updating this comment, as I'm not yet done with this book, but would be interested in the reasons why someone anonymously gave this book just short of three out of five stars. It's an excellent review and analysis of the subject of its title. Stay tuned for more.

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