Magazine December 21, 2009, Issue

Walking with Destiny

Winston Churchill (Wikimedia Commons)
Churchill, by Paul Johnson (Viking, 192 pp., $24.95)

One of the most remarkable aspects of Winston Churchill’s sprawling epic of a life was the way that he was able to cram it all in — to do all that — in a mere 90 years. It is only marginally less miraculous that Paul Johnson has now managed to make an excellent job of summing up that life — and, no less important, offer up a good measure of the man who lived it — in a book of a little under 200 pages.

This is not a “definitive” Churchill. For that, turn to the massive official biography begun by …

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