Winston Churchill is one of the dominating figures of the 20th century. In this stimulating and original book, David Dilks presents Churchill, not only as a war leader and international statesman, but also as a private person with a rich variety of friendships and rivalries. New and penetrating light is directed on Churchill during World War II. This was a period of dramatic relationships: conflicts with General de Gaulle in contrast with respect and affection for Roosevelt (feelings not entirely reciprocated by the American president). In the post-war era, relations with Stalin, and precoccupation with the Soviet Union and the Cold War all dominated Churchill's subsequent career, a time when he was able to renew his working relationship with his wartime colleague General - now President - Eisenhower. Whether in or out of office, Churchill's influence was felt in all areas of British politics. David Dilks brings Churchill vividly to life for all those interested in modern British, military and international history.
David Dilks was for more than 20 years Professor of International History at the University of Leeds, and then Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull. He previously worked as research assistant to Sir Anthony Eden, Mr Harold Macmillan, Lord Tedder and others closely associated with Churchill, and served as President of the International Committee for the History of the Second World War from 1992 to 2000. He is the author of Curzon in India, Neville Chamberlain and 'The Great Dominion':Winston Churchill in Canada 1900– 1954, and editor of The Diaries of Sir Alexander Cadogan.
Andrew Roberts, BBC History Magazine
‘David Dilks... is one of the very few historians still writing who knew most of the people close to Churchill, including Anthony Eden (for whom he worked), Harold Macmillan, Oliver Lyttelton and some of the generals... he brings to this collection of essays the sense of context which we younger readers need. He understands how Churchill seemed to his contemporaries... Prof Dilks’s version is fair, entertaining and succinct.’
Charles Moore, The Telegraph
'David Dilks... throws an unusually vivid light on Churchill’s personality and leaves one feeling: “Yes, that is what he was really like."'
'An illuminating study of Churchill from many angles, including some little explored.'
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co LtdHardback
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2012
Number of Pages: 352