Warlord: Churchill at War, 1874-1945

Carlo D'Este

Warlord: Churchill at War, 1874-1945

This biography examines the life of Winston Churchill through the prism of his military service as both a solider and warlord... Retired US Army lieutenant colonel and military historian, Carlo D'Este, explores Churchill’s strategies in both world wars – the disastrous failures as well as the dazzling triumphs, and casts fresh light on his tumultuous relationships with his generals. 4.2 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
Warlord: Churchill at War, 1874-1945

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Biography, History
Format Hardback
Pages 784
RRP £30.00
Date of Publication April 2009
ISBN 978-0713997538
Publisher Allen Lane
 

This biography examines the life of Winston Churchill through the prism of his military service as both a solider and warlord... Retired US Army lieutenant colonel and military historian, Carlo D'Este, explores Churchill’s strategies in both world wars – the disastrous failures as well as the dazzling triumphs, and casts fresh light on his tumultuous relationships with his generals.

Reviews

The Daily Mail

Correlli Barnett

...a compellingly readable and perceptive 800-page account... as Carlo d'Este's masterful narrative makes clear, Winston Churchill stands as a supreme example of how the leadership of one individual can swing history on its hinges.

22/05/2009

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The Daily Telegraph

Andrew Roberts

D’Este has a gift for compressing difficult strategic concepts and making them easily comprehensible, and his conventional narrative approach allows him to explore the most serious criticism regularly made of Churchill’s strategic vision in both wars: that he constantly preferred a roundabout means of attacking Germany to the more direct approach. D’Este explains why this was understandable in the First World War, and common sense in the Second.

09/04/2009

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The Literary Review

Michael Burleigh

[D'Este] brings many of his great talents to bear on Churchill’s story, namely a lucid style and the enviable ability to describe the essentials of any engagement from a colonial scrap to the clash of vast modern armies. This is not one of those books where you constantly have to refer to maps... We learn a great deal about Churchill’s miserable schooldays...and his riproaring adventures among the Pathans, Mahdists and Boers... A better editor might have encouraged more original lines of enquiry.

01/04/2009

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The Sunday Times

Max Hastings

In D'Este's comprehensive and balanced study of Churchill's record, it seems to me that the only missing link is an exploration of the shortcomings of Britain's army. These explain so much that went wrong, both in 1915 and 1939-45... Anyone who wishes to understand the evolution of Churchill from young cavalry subaltern to Britain's saviour can do no better than read this sober, measured and meticulously researched account.

29/03/2009

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The Washington Post

John Whiteclay Chambers II

[A] well-researched, balanced and highly readable narrative... [the author has] an eye for colorful quotation and telling anecdote... Although Churchill's ability to lead the British people in World War II is undisputed, his continual intervention in military operations raised important questions about civil-military relations... Despite his engaging narrative, D'Este disappointingly leaves such questions unresolved.

26/11/2008

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The New York Times

Robert Kagan

[An] enjoyable new biography... [The main theme of the book] is perhaps a bit overstated. D’Este is a military historian, the author of fine biographies of Dwight Eisenhower and George Patton, so it is not surprising that he sees Churchill as soldier first and political leader second. But Churchill’s greatness as a national leader was as a politician and statesman, which was what he always aspired to be.

09/11/2008

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