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- DescriptionHe is commemorated throughout the world in museums and statuary, on street signs and in gift shops; even more prominently, Winston Churchill's monumental presence persists in shelves upon shelves of biographies and histories, dozens of which were written by Churchill himself and have been international bestsellers. While political figures are routinely the objects of intense posthumous scrutiny, few have achieved such pervasive and ongoing influence, and fewer still have so adeptly orchestrated their own place in history. Man of the Century is the often surprising story of how Winston Churchill, in the last years of his life, carefully crafted his reputation for posterity, and it reveals him as the twentieth century's pioneering, and perhaps most gifted, spin doctor. It is also a far-ranging account t only of Churchill's continuing impact on British, American, and European politics, but also of the powerful legacy of his vision of a common destiny and heritage for English-speaking peoples around the world. In the first book to examine the full scope of Churchill's postwar influence, John Ramsden draws on fresh material and extensive research from three continents to argue that the statesman's force of personality and romantic, imperial tion of Britain have contributed directly to many political events of the last several decades-including American involvement in Vietnam and the role of the Anglo-American alliance in promoting and protecting a certain vision of world order. Man of the Century captures the complexities of Churchill's story and political legacy as well as the spirit and irreverent power of the statesman who became a modern legend.
- Author BiographyJohn Ramsden is professor of modern history at Queen Mary in the University of London. From1995-6, he was visiting professor of British history at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri; in 2000 he was a Winston Churchill Fellow in New Zealand, and in 2001 a Distinguished Academic Visitor at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of the acclaimed, An Appetite for Power and the general editor of The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century British Politics. He lives in Woodford Green, where Churchill was for forty years the Member of Parliament.
- Author(s)John Ramsden
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication22/09/2003
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintColumbia University Press
- Content Note61 illus
- Weight1225 g
- Width165 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine42 mm
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