Original Title in English, #1 Best Sellerin Political History of Politicians
Author: Boris Johnson
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (23 Oct. 2014)
Note by ATA: I am "reading" the audiobook on Audible.fr. It is a very powerful book, so beautifully read, in such an excellent English, that I caught myself wishing I were young enough to start doing all over again my studies in English Literature, Politics, Rhetoric, and Drama. A MUST read book, an excellent training material for your writing skills.
'He writes with gusto... the result is a book that is never boring, genuinely clever ... this book sizzles.' The Times
'The must-read biography of the year.' Evening Standard
'The point of the Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference.'
Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays - with characteristic wit and passion-a man of multiple contradictions, contagious bravery, breath-taking eloquence, matchless strategizing, and deep humanity.
Fearless on the battlefield, Churchill had to be ordered by the King to stay out of action on D-Day; he embraced large-scale strategic bombing, yet hated the destruction of war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors. He was a celebrated journalist, a great orator and won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was famous for his ability to combine wining and dining with many late nights of crucial wartime decision-making. His open-mindedness made him a pioneer in health care, education, and social welfare, though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect.
Most of all, as Boris Johnson says, 'Churchill is the resounding human rebuttal to all who think history is the story of vast and impersonal economic forces'. THE CHURCHILL FACTOR is a book to be enjoyed not only by anyone interested in history: it is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what makes a great leader.
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