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Churchill at War: 1940-45

Kevin J Moran

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Biography: historical, political & military

A memoir of Winston Churchill, containing extracts from the candid diaries of Churchill's doctor, friend and confidant, Lord Moran. It reveals Churchill's character and conduct, showing how he faced up to the war years and the burden of his responsibilities with extraordinary resolution.

This new edition of extracts from the extremely candid diaries of Churchill's doctor Lord Moran, his devoted friend and confidant, contains material not previously revealed. It sheds a new light on how the great man faced up to and absorbed the strain of events during the war years, the tremendous burden of his responsibilities, and his extraordinary resolution. Moran's keen observation, sensitivity, truth and insight, are brought to bear on Churchill's conduct and personality. We hear of the weaknesses as well as the strengths: his rages, his jokes and salty comments, his occasional foolishness, his rare cattiness (of Attlee: 'He has a great deal to be modest about') and endearing playfulness, are all captured. Moran was not just an acute observer of his most famous patient. At Churchill's side, he was able to record remarkable details of other world figures, and the historic events in which Churchill played so momentous a part.

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Praise for Churchill at War: 1940-45

  • An invaluable contribution to the library of Churchill books. - Good Book Guide

  • Unique value . . .and brilliance of Lord Moran's memoir - Alistair Cooke, Wall Street Journal

  • Unique pleasure is the doctor's eye for Churchill's human foibles and ear for the tang of his speech . . . - Wall Street Journal

  • Not only is it Churchill who emerges as a full and rich human character from these diaries. Lord Moran, met, with Churchill, all the great men of the Western Alliance, watched them, and pinned them down in his pages. Whether he is discussing Stalin or Bernard Baruch, he always has something new, something wise, something memorable to say.' - Saturday Review; 'This is Churchill in his slippers, off-guard. But how little history would tell us if its great figures were shown only in their public attitudes!' - Daily Express; 'It will be long before the controversy over this astonishing book dies down; and when it does, its record as a portrait of a great spirit will stand out even more clearly. - The Sunday Times

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