Gretchen Rubin – Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill


Warrior and writer, genius and crank, rider in the British cavalrys 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.

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, and an investigation of the contradictions and complexities that haunt biography. Gretchen Craft Rubin gives listeners, in a single volume, the kind of rounded view usually gained only by listening to dozens of conventional biographies.

With penetrating insight and vivid anecdotes, Rubin makes Churchill accessible and meaningful to twenty-first-century listeners with 40 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.

In crisp, energetic language, Rubin creates a new form for presenting a great figure of history – and brings to full realization the depiction of a man too fabulous for any novelist to construct, too complicated for even the longest narrative to describe, and too valuable ever to be forgotten.

Includes a bonus PDF with additional resources.

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Author: Gretchen Rubin
Narrator: Gretchen Rubin
Duration: 6 hours 21 minutes
Released: 19 Jun 2008
Publisher: Random House Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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As the author admits biographies of Churchill are intimidating. This is an approachable casual listen well worth the time to enjoy.