Magazine August 2, 2010, Issue

Churchill, Close Up

Winston Churchill (Wikimedia Commons)
Winston’s War: Churchill, 1940–1945, by Max Hastings (Knopf, 576 pp., $35)

This is an interesting and important book by a very capable historian. (Max Hastings and I worked quite cordially together for a number of years in the 1990s at the Daily Telegraph in London, but have had no contact for some years.) Winston’s War does not bring, nor pretend to bring, a great deal that is new to the well-known story of Churchill’s war leadership. But it offers an insight into his foibles, his attitudes and attachments to people, and the humane, decent, and tender aspects of his intimate nature that only the most omnivorous Churchillian reader would not find

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