The best books on Winston Churchill

Anthony Tucker-Jones Author Of Churchill, Master and Commander: Winston Churchill at War 1895-1945
By Anthony Tucker-Jones

The Books I Picked & Why

Churchill: Walking with Destiny

By Andrew Roberts

Churchill: Walking with Destiny

Why this book?

When approaching Churchill, it is often very difficult to know quite where to start. That dilemma is solved by Roberts’ scholarly study. He is extremely balanced and nuanced in his approach to the country’s most famous prime minister and wartime leader. His depth of research is breath-taking and Roberts’ work will rightly remain a standard text for years to come.


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Churchill: A Life

By Martin Gilbert

Churchill: A Life

Why this book?

Sir Martin Gilbert wrote the very first benchmark for Churchill's biographies. He has produced many fine works on Churchill, but this in many ways is the pinnacle of his achievements. At the time of publication, it was described as ‘By far the most lucid, comprehensive and authoritative account of Churchill that has been offered in a single volume.’


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Churchill: A Biography

By Roy Jenkins

Churchill: A Biography

Why this book?

The late politician Lord Jenkins made a name for himself with his political biographies. Churchill: A Life was the culmination of a critically successful career as a writer. Jenkins leaves no stone unturned in assessing Churchill’s thirst for political glory. Andrew Roberts called the book ‘a masterpiece.’


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Winston's War

By Sir Max Hastings

Winston's War

Why this book?

Churchill is perhaps best remembered for his bulldog premiership during the Second World War. Max Hasting’s excellent study graphically portrays the enormous political and strategic stresses and strains endured by Churchill. Coalition warfare was one of vigorously competing interests and Hastings shows how Churchill achieved a quite remarkable juggling act.


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Churchill

By Clive Ponting

Churchill

Why this book?

Left-wing historian Ponting has his detractors for what many regarded as a critical revisionist approach to Churchill’s life. However, there is no denying the depth of his research. Furthermore, far from coming over as an overt critic, his study is far more balanced than often thought.


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