Andrew Roberts Churchill Walking with Destiny
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Bestselling, award-winning author shares a landmark biography of WINSTON CHURCHILL, based on extensive new material—from private letters and diaries to transcripts of war cabinet meetings When we seek an example of unalloyed courage, the man who comes to mind is Winston Churchill: the visionary leader, immune from the consensus of the day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. But how did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on the superior force of Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and so many others had caved? In CHURCHILL: WALKING WITH DESTINY, Andrew Roberts looks at what made Churchill ultimately successful and assesses how he learned from his mistakes and harnessed the experiences of his life to serve his country. Roberts was granted access to exclusive new material: Queen Elizabeth II allowed him to study her father, King George VI’s wartime diaries, which were filled with Churchill’s jokes, critiques, and reflections on how the war was going. In addition, Roberts studied the transcripts of war cabinet meetings—the equivalent of the Nixon and JFK tapes—diaries, letters, unpublished memoirs, and detailed notes taken by King George VI after their bi-weekly meetings, all of which provide a wonderful new historical source. Andrew Roberts is the bestselling author of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War; Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945; and Napoleon: A Life, winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Biography. He has won many prizes, including the Wolfson History Prize and the British Army Military Book Award. He frequently writes for The Wall Street Journal, and is the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He lives in London and often lectures in New York. --- Support this podcast:
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