The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History

Category: Book
By (author): Johnson, Boris
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Hodder
Published: November 2014
Format: Book-paperback

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*'He writes with gusto... the result is a book that is never boring, genuinely clever ... this book sizzles.' The Times

'The point of the Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference.'

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - 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 multiple contradictions, contagious bravery, breath-taking 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 embraced large-scale strategic bombing, yet hated the destruction of war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors. He was a celebrated journalist, a great orator and won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was famous for his ability to combine wining and dining with many late nights of crucial wartime decision-making. His open-mindedness made him a pioneer in health care, education, and social welfare, though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect.

Most of all, as Boris Johnson says, 'Churchill is the resounding human rebuttal to all who think history is the story of vast and impersonal economic forces'. THE CHURCHILL FACTOR is a book to be enjoyed not only by anyone interested in history: it is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what makes a great leader.
Review Quote*A stunning tour de force... A riveting journalistic portrait of the countless different aspects of the great man's career and personality, to show more vividly than ever how Churchill was one of the most extraordinary human being who has ever lived.-Sunday Telegraph
Review Quote*This is a rollicking tale of a political maverick.-Radio Times
Review Quote*The must-read biography of the year.-Evening Standard
Review Quote*Splendidly enjoyable... It is rare to find a serious study of a politician that's this entertaining.-Daily Express
Review Quote*Reading about Churchill is always a delight, and Johnson is an accomplished, accessible writer.-Kirkus Reviews
Review Quote*Readable, engaging and often funny.-Evening Standard
Review Quote*Johnson's history of Churchill is well crafted, amply researched, and a pleasure to read. It can serve as a change of pace from more plodding accounts.-Library Journal
Review Quote*Johnson is a superb writer... Despite the heavy subject matter, The Churchill Factor is a light and quick read.-The Globe and Mail
Review Quote*Genuinely clever... this book sizzles.
-The Times