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The Churchill Factor

How One Man Made History

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From London’s inimitable mayor, Boris Johnson, the story of how Churchill’s eccentric genius shaped not only his world but our own.
 
On the fiftieth anniversary of Churchill’s death, Boris Johnson celebrates 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 contagious bravery, breathtaking 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 pioneered aerial bombing and few could match his experience in organizing violence on a colossal scale,  yet he hated war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors. He was the most famous journalist of his time and perhaps the greatest orator of all time, despite a lisp and chronic depression he kept at bay by painting. His maneuvering positioned America for entry into World War II, even as it ushered in England’s post-war decline. His openmindedness made him a trailblazer in health care, education, and social welfare, though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect. Most of all, he was a rebuttal to the idea that history is the story of vast and impersonal forces; he is proof that one person—intrepid, ingenious, determined—can make all the difference.

Customer Reviews

The Churchill Factor

Mayor Johnson endeavors to bring forth the high point accomplishments of Churchill, placing these key points in history not just in the context of their in-situ effect but results as seen in today's British and American culture, politics, and development. Well written and in the style Johnson thinks, writes, and speaks, it does go a bit far making the case for Churchill as the main player in the mid-1900's. You can take exception to some of his statements but you have to agree main conclusion. Churchill mattered and acted when others dared not too.

The Churchill Factor

A real jewel on the life & influence of WC
It needs a glossary for all the "erudite" words
Churchill Factor glossary

Conundrum - riddle

lissom - thin, supple, graceful

plangent- loud

panache-flambount

Elysian -heavenly

stele - vascular cylinder

titfer- a hat

transmogrifying - transformer

rumbustious - unruly

hyperbolical

confected

effulgent

mordant

Falstaffian

poseur

potations

apocryphal

Franglais

bugger

queuetopia

unsordid
dodgy

tripe

bolshy

Whiggish Toryism.

avuncular

mollycoddled

philoprogenitive

eirenic

prescient

cant

calumnies

ossuaries

rectitude

rubicund

Junkers

Boadicea

satrapy

Cassandra

charnel-house

polemicists

Ploegsteert

Stella

hoplites

chivvy

sponsons

antediluvian

bowsers

trebuchet

boffins

wonk

twig

Kriegsmarine

Stilton-eating

scupper

rosbifs

perfidious Albion

lighter
pellucid
elided

The Churchill Factor
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Europe
  • Published: Nov 13, 2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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