The Churchill Factor

The Churchill Factor

How One Man Made History

Book - 2014
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'He writes with gusto... the result is a book that is never boring, genuinely clever ... this book sizzles.' The Times

' The must-read biography of the year.' Evening Standard

'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.

Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2014.
ISBN: 9781444783025
Characteristics: 408 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Sep 15, 2015

Boris Johnson writes with wit and style about Winston Churchill.A highly readable account, biased or not of the man to whom' so much was owed by so many' The outcome of WWII would have been so different without him.

Jul 25, 2015

While this book is a reverential look at what made WSC tick, including his role in some of Britain's greater and lesser crises, it should be taken with a bit of a grain of salt. The author, Boris Johnson, is after all the Conservative Mayor of London, and he throws in quite more than a few of his first-person thoughts which may be at odds with the real WSC. The prospective reader should keep that in mind ... but still, it is remarkable to think that one defiant man may very well have saved democracy in the West.

Jun 03, 2015

Delightful commentary on all aspects of WSC's life, highlighting many of his wide-ranging individual traits with examples from throughout his life. While discussing shortcomings and some failures of his life, he is a very enthusiastic admirer of WSC's ability to be creative in solutions, always keeping the big picture front and centre, being extremely passionate and always acting with 110% enthusiasm and energy once a course of action was decided. Style of writing is very readable, and chapters / topics follow logically and build a good story. Only downside is the the author's use of rarely used English words (in the same manner that the subject also wrote / spoke English). A good read, highly recommended

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