Holy cats, I finished it! I do believe, at 982 pages, that Churchill: Walking With Destiny by Andrew Roberts is the longest book I’ve undertaken except for textbooks. And right now, it’s only $1.99 on Kindle.I can’t imagine being Roberts and sifting through the staggering amount of material Churchill left behind; Winston always knew he’d take a part in British history so he saved all his correspondence. Lets not forget the 37 books and all the articles submitted to newspapers, plus his speeches. So pulling off a book of this magnitude without getting bogged down is a major undertaking.
For the most part Roberts succeeds with Churchill: Walking With Destiny. I did feel the book got a bit bogged down during Churchill’s Wilderness Years which is why I couldn’t give it 5 stars. I knew more about Churchill than most people before picking up this book, but I found myself amazed at just how many things Churchill accomplished in his lifetime.
I’m always interested in the personal side of the public figure, and whether they had a happy home life. It seems that Churchill succeeded on this front as well. He had a good marriage to Clementine and his children adored him. (For more information, you could read Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill and Daughter’s Tale: The Memoir of Winston and Clementine Churchill’s Youngest Child to find out more about Churchill’s home life.)
After reading this and other biographies and watching documentaries, I think Churchill should be considered the greatest person of the 20th century.
Give yourself a month to read this tome. I read Churchill: Walking With Destiny in 9 days because it was due back at the library, but I felt I could have enjoyed it even more had I not felt rushed.
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