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Ministers at War: Winston Churchill and His War Cabinet

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ISBN: 9781780746135    Publisher: Oneworld Publications Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 20        Language: English
Churchill's wartime cabinet brought together Conservatives, Labour, Liberals and others in a coalition of political titans, including four Prime Ministers - past, present and future. This is the gripping...Read more
Churchill's wartime cabinet brought together Conservatives, Labour, Liberals and others in a coalition of political titans, including four Prime Ministers - past, present and future. This is the gripping story of how they governed, bickered, intrigued, and won. With a cast of characters featuring some of the most famous names in twentieth-century British history - Lloyd-George, Bevin, Attlee, Chamberlain, Beaverbrook, Morrison, Eden and Cripps - this magisterial work is the first to focus upon Winston Churchill's management of his own "Team of Rivals". It is a story rife with political intrigue, as well as unexpected friendships and alliances. Schneer's original research and vivid writing shows that as the fate of Britain hung in the balance, even Churchill's standing in the Government was sometimes precarious. A story of overcoming personal differences in service of the national interest, Ministers at War provides a unique perspective on British politics during World War II, as well as a fascinating insight into the birth of the Welfare State.
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About the author: Jonathan Schneer
Jonathan Schneer is Professor of British History at Georgia Tech and the author of a number of highly acclaimed books on British history including London... Read more
Jonathan Schneer is Professor of British History at Georgia Tech and the author of a number of highly acclaimed books on British history including London 1900: The Imperial Metropolis, The Thames: England's River and The Balfour Declaration, which won the National Jewish Book Award. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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'Like Abraham Lincoln before him, Winston Churchill proved himself a great war leader, as everyone knows. But Jonathan Schneer's achievement is to show us how Churchill too had to work with "a team...Read more
'Like Abraham Lincoln before him, Winston Churchill proved himself a great war leader, as everyone knows. But Jonathan Schneer's achievement is to show us how Churchill too had to work with "a team of rivals" in his own war cabinet. It is a story told with great assurance and studded with vivid personal detail.' -- Peter Clark, author of Mr. Churchill's Profession 'Written with brio and a rich command of the sources, Jonathan Schneer tells the fascinating and comparatively neglected story of Winston Churchill's Grand Coalition Cabinet of Tories, Labour, and Liberals, the political leaders who played crucial roles in winning the war against Hitler. Not surprisingly, they were also from time to time at war against one another and the Prime Minister. Churchill, despite his flaws, still emerges as the hero essential for the saving of Britain and her allies. This is a deeply insightful and important contribution to the understanding of the most important event of the twentieth century.' -- Peter Stansky, Stanford University 'Jonathan Schneer's gripping account of Churchill and the men who worked with him during World War II succeeds in casting new light on a familiar subject. This is popular history at its best.' -- Richard Toye, Professor of History, University of Exeter 'An engrossing account of how Churchill led his ministry during the Second World War, a team of rivals who never forgot politics however great the peril to the nation. Jonathan Schneer treats his larger-than-life subjects with great scholarship and shrewdness.' -- Andrew Roberts F.R.S.A., bestselling author of Napoleon: A Life 'A smoothly written and insightful examination of the men who aided Churchill during the years fraught with danger from the Nazi war machine. For most readers, this will be a book that cannot be put down until the last page is reached. An exceptional history on an extremely important topic, which should be acquired by all libraries.' Library Journal 'A striking look inside the British government during a time when some of the most interesting characters of a challenging era were fighting for both the nation's salvation and their own ambitions. Churchill's role as a wartime leader is well-known from a myriad of histories, but this is one of the best recent treatments of his role as a head of government. Clear, thoroughly entertaining and full of lively detail.' Kirkus Reviews 'Scholarly, yet grippingly readable' Spectator 'Lucid and compelling... both scholarly and entertaining' Literary Review 'Very timely. gripping and a pleasure to read' Press Association 'Refreshing... brings a different eye and perspective... convincing... highly readable' BBC History, lead review 'Insightful... Schneer has done a wonderful job' Good Book Guide
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