Winston Churchill: A Life in the News

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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author
Richard Toye, Professor of Modern History, University of Exeter Richard Toye is Professor of Modern History at the University of Exeter. He previously worked at the University of Cambridge. He has written widely on modern British and international political and economic history. His critically acclaimed book Lloyd George and Churchill: Rivals for Greatness won him the 2007 Times Higher Young Academic Author of the Year Award. He lives in Exeter with his wife and two sons.

This meticulously researched and engaging book shows how the consummate statesman created his public image and why his fame and accomplishments have endured. -- Dean Jobb, Washington Independent Review of Books

[An] original study ... Toye is surely correct in seeing the journalism as central to the career of a man whose life was dominated by the news he did much to create. -- A.W. Purdue, Times Higher Education

[Toye's] research underpins a clear-eyed, not uncritical but almost always fairminded account of a man whose heroic stature he recognizes but whose prejudices and blunders he also wants on the record. [His] energetic and dedicated scrutiny of Churchill's actions, language and image is important and useful work, of interest far beyond academia. There is much good and even original stuff in [this book]. -- Anne Chisholm, Times Literary Supplement

A timely and engaging volume ... With Winston Churchill: A Life in the News, Toye has made another significant contribution to Churchill studies. -- W. Mark Hamilton, Finest Hour, the journal of the International Churchill Society

In Churchill: A Life in the News we encounter both the bombastic and the deeply insecure sides to Churchill's complex personality. The book stands not only as a testament to the effects of the media on personal leadership styles, but it forces us to reflect on how the changing media environment affects the way we are governed. It is a timely reminder of the excesses and limitations of the press in the modern political age. -- Professor Jo Fox, Institute of Historical Research

Richard Toye once again brilliantly illuminates a critical side of Winston Churchill's complex life. This original, important, and highly-readable book is teeming with shrewd judgements and fresh insights. It is essential reading for anyone interested in Churchill's political career or modern news culture. -- Christopher M. Bell, author of Churchill and the Dardanelles and Churchill and Sea Power

Fascinating ... The attention to detail in this book is admirable. -- Chris Green, Suffolk and Norfolk Life