Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill: A Brief Account of a Long Life

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Random House Publishing Group, 11 de maig 2004 - 336 pàgines
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Warrior and writer, genius and crank, rider in the British cavalry’s last great charge and inventor of the tank—Winston Churchill led Britain to fight alone against Nazi Germany in the fateful year of 1940 and set the standard for leading a democracy at war.

Like no other portrait of its famous subject, Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill is a dazzling display of facts more improbable than fiction, and an investigation of the contradictions and complexities that haunt biography. Gretchen Craft Rubin gives readers, in a single volume, the kind of rounded view usually gained only by reading dozens of conventional biographies.

With penetrating insight and vivid anecdotes, Rubin makes Churchill accessible and meaningful to twenty-first-century readers with forty contrasting views of the man: he was an alcoholic, he was not; he was an anachronism, he was a visionary; he was a racist, he was a humanitarian; he was the most quotable man in the history of the English language, he was a bore.

In crisp, energetic language, Rubin creates a new form for presenting a great figure of history—and brings to full realization the depiction of a man too fabulous for any novelist to construct, too complicated for even the longest narrative to describe, and too valuable ever to be forgotten.




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FORTY WAYS TO LOOK AT WINSTON CHURCHILL: A Brief Account of a Long Life

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A fan's notes on Winnie the Tory, tanked-up inventor of the tank and stalwart captain of Team UK in its finest hour.There's only one way to look at a politician, said the curmudgeonly H.L. Mencken ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

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An intruiging take at a biography of a very odd man. Aimed at, I would say, a freshman-in-college level audience, Rubin breaks up the story of Chruchill into 40 short chapters. In addition to hopping ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

Continguts

Introduction
1
Suited to High Office?
42
The Black Dog?
82
His Defining Characteristic
92
Key Events
98
A Good Parent?
109
A Weakness
119
Tºlling Detail
131
His Cause
186
How He Saw the Wörld
195
How He Saw History
202
Nemesis
211
Missing Information Supplied
221
The Meaning of His Life
234
Notes
257
Select Bibliography
287

Churchills Island Story His Myth
156
How He Saw Himself
178
Acknowledgments
299
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Gretchen Craft Rubin received her undergraduate and law degrees from Yale and was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. She clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court and served as counsel to Federal Communications Commissions Chairman Reed Hundt. She teaches at Yale Law School and School of Management and is the author of Power Money Fame Sex: A User’s Guide.

Visit the author’s Web site at www.gretchenrubin.com


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