Churchill: The Life – An Authorised Pictorial Biography
(CCassell, 272 pages, £25) “A unique illustrated biography of the Greatest Briton” is what this book claims and I tend to agree that Churchill was one of this country’s most important figures from the last century.
Through Max Arthur’s extensively researched book, the reader is treated to a comprehensive selection of illustrations, which include photographs, personal letters and artefacts. The book is segmented into a timeline of Churchill’s life. Chapters are divided into subjects including childhood, public school, his war service and political career interspersed with many personal details.
The book, as stated on the cover, “includes rare and previously unpublished images from the Churchill Papers, family artefacts and the Broadwater Collection of photograph albums held at the Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College Cambridge as well as other collections”.
One feels involved in the pictorial biography of Churchill’s formidable character. The illustrations draw the reader in, and along with the supporting text, reveal an insight into the formation of this unique man, both from a private as well as a public point of view.
Arthur’s depiction of Churchill’s life is superb. This renowned historian has yet again produced a truly remarkable piece of work that would proudly adorn any bookshelf.
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