The Greatest Briton Unmasked
Product Number: EB00742802
Released: Nov 19, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780715333792
Publisher: F+W
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A startling reappraisal of one of world history's iconic figures. In the popular imagination, Winston Churchill is the greatest Briton. He was the lone voice that warned of the threat from Nazi Germany and the steady and defiant hand that guided Britain through its darkest days to ultimate victory in World War II. In this new assessment of Churchill's political life, Nigel Knight reveals that not only is there little truth in this picture of his wartime Premiership, but that Churchill's record during this period fit a pattern of disastrous strategy and bad decision-making that dogged his entire career. From the debacle of the Gallipoli campaign in World War I, when he was First Lord of the Admiralty, to his tired and ineffective last government of the 1950s, Churchill's time in office was characterized by inconsistency and poor judgment. Particularly during World War II, he seemed unable to see the bigger picture, exasperating his colleagues as he ignored their advice in favor of his own pet projects. Backed up by rigorous research, Nigel Knight sheds startling new light on the life and career of Winston Churchill, shattering the sentimental myth of Churchill as "the greatest Briton" and forcing his legacy to be reappraised. "Nigel Knight lays siege with well-informed gusto to the legend of Winston Churchill." -Martin Bell "Sharply provocative. One needs to admire Nigel Knight for his debating skill and persistence. The chapters on the Second World War will be fascinating for readers with a taste for military operations." -Frank Trentmann

Author(s): Nigel Knight
Original Publish Date: Jun 30, 2010

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