Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill A Brief Account of a Long Life

ISBN-10: 0812971442

ISBN-13: 9780812971446

Edition: 2004 (Reprint)

Authors: Gretchen Rubin

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A WALL STREET JOURNAL SUMMER PICK A WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER Warrior and writer, genius and crank, rider in the British cavalry’s last great charge and inventor of the tank, Winston Churchill led Britain to fight alone against Nazi Germany in the fateful year of 1940 and set the standard for leading a democracy at war. With penetrating insight and vivid anecdotes, Gretchen Rubin makes Churchill accessible and meaningful to twenty-first-century readers by analyzing the many contrasting views of the man: he was an alcoholic, he was not; he was an anachronism, he was a visionary; he was a racist, he was a humanitarian; he was the most quotable man in the history of the English language, he was a bore. Like no other portrait of its famous subject, Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill is a dazzling display of facts more improbable than fiction. It brings to full realization the depiction of a man too fabulous for any novelist to construct, too complex for even the longest narrative to describe, and too significant ever to be forgotten.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/11/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the #1New York Timesand international bestseller,The Happiness Project, an account of the year she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studes, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. On her well-known blog, The Happiness Project, www.happiness-project.com, she reports on her daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness. Gretchen Rubin started her career in law, and she was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realised that she really wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. The Happiness Projectis more than a book and a blog, it's a movement. Happiness Project groups have sprung up from San Francisco to Lexington, Kentucky to Johannesburg, where people meet to discuss their own happiness projects. Dozens of blogs have been launched by people following Gretchen's example; hundreds of book groups have discussed the book; and rights for more than 35 foreign editions have been sold.The Happiness Projectwas even an answer on the game-showJeopardy! Gretchen, an enthusiastic proponent of using technology to engage with readers about ideas, has a wide, active following on social media outlets such as Twitter (twitter.com/gretchenrubin), Facebook (facebook.com/gretchen.rubin.9), YouTube (youtube.com/user/GretchenRubinNY), her monthly newsletter, and her daily 'Moment of Happiness' email.

Introduction
Churchill as Liberty's Champion: Heroic View
Churchill as Failed Statesman: Critical View
Churchill's Contemporaries: Whom He Knew
Churchill's Finest Hour--May 28, 1940: The Decisive Moment
Churchill as Leader: Suited to High Office?
Churchill's Genius with Words: His Greatest Strength
Churchill's Eloquence: His Exact Words
Churchill in Symbols: Metonymy
Churchill, True: In a Single Word
Churchill's Desire for Fame: His Motive
Churchill as Depressive: The "Black Dog"?
Churchill's Disdain: His Dominant Quality
Churchill's Belligerence: His Defining Characteristic
Churchill's Time Line: Key Events
Churchill as Son: His Most Formative Role
Churchill as Father: A Good Parent?
Churchill the Painter: His Favorite Pastime
Churchill the Spendthrift: A Weakness
Conflicting Views of Churchill: How Others Saw Him
Churchill in Tears: Telling Detail
Churchill the Drinker: An Alcoholic?
Churchill in Context: Facts at a Glance
Churchill and Sex: Too Interesting to Ignore
Churchill as Husband: A Happy Marriage?
Churchill's Island Story: His Myth
Churchill in Photographs: How He Changed Through Time
Churchill as the Hero of a Novel: The Imagined and the Real
Churchill's Destiny: How He Saw Himself
Churchill the Imperialist: His Cause
Churchill's Empire: How He Saw the World
Churchill and Roosevelt: Friends as Well as Allies?
Churchill's Imagination: How He Saw History
Churchill and Hitler: Nemesis
Churchill Exposed: Missing Information Supplied
Churchill True or False: Challenged Assumptions
The Tragedy of Winston Churchill, Englishman: The Meaning of His Life
Churchill in Portrait: A Likeness
Churchill's Last Days: How He Died
My Churchill: Judgment
Remember Winston Churchill: Epitaph
Notes
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Acknowledgments
Index
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