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Barry Singer has been the proprietor of Chartwell Booksellers in New York City, the only bookshop devoted to the works of Churchill, for more than 25 years. Singer is also a New York Times notable author and a regular contributor to the New York Times Arts & Leisure section, among many others. Michael Korda is a writer, novelist, and former publishing executive.


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081099643X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996434
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an unusual biography and I truly enjoyed it--Winston Churchill, that towering figure from World War II is described in terms of his clothing, his furniture, cigars, personal objects and tastes. I don't think I can recall another such book and I liked it so much, I hope the author will write some more of these book about iconic figures of our recent history.

I am old enough to remember Churchill--he died when I was thirteen, so he was an important figure even for me--and more so for my parents who lived through World War II. It's hard to describe how people felt about him if you are younger but he was, even for Americans, almost presidential and beloved as a strong figure who was a lighthouse of hope and courage in a desperately bleak time.

The layout of this book is absolutely beautiful: nicely formatted text with excellent photos of Churchill at various times in public, and at home, photos of his home Chartwell, casual scenes (painting at an easel), photos with Roosevelt, and pictures of personal effects such as cigar bands, a custom lap desk and oddly enough, a red velvet jumpsuit he liked to wear as a sort of lounging suit. I've never seen any of these pictures before and they are fascinating and throw an entirely different light on Churchill's mannerisms and habits.

The book contains a brief outline of Churchill's life and some interesting anecdotes, among which, his comment that if his father had been American rather than his mother, he might, he said as he addressed the US Congress, have got there on his own. His relationship with Roosevelt, who was sometimes obstructive if not outright duplicitous in his dealings with the British, are briefly but poignantly outlined.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Christian Schlect VINE VOICE on April 16, 2012
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A fine and favorable overview of Winston Churchill's life, interlayed with remarks on homes, cigars, whiskeys, hats, automobiles, siren-suits, and other of his attachments that, in sum, produced his unmatchable personal style.

This short volume is a joy. While it will be of interest to the seasoned reader of all things Churchill, it also would serve to provide a good launching point for one just being introduced to the greatest man of the last century.

Barry Singer has produced a special biographical book; which, in both terms of visual layout and substance, is worthy of its subject.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J P. Rich on May 9, 2012
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I have read nearly all of the biographies of Churchill (and numerous other books about him) and this is the most downright fun to read. The author is a truly fine writer as well as an expert on Churchill. What makes this book so much fun to read either in snippets "draughts" is the structure: short "chapters" covering everything from his political fortunes to the apartments and homes he lived in at various times in his life to the cars he drove to the cigars, food and drink he preferred (the reports of his drinking, other than champagne, have been greatly exaggerated) to the clothing he wore to his daily habits.

If you're a Churchill fan, you'll see photographs you've never seen before and learn a few things about the man that you likely didn't know. If you know someone who doesn't know very much about Churchill, this is the book to get them to read. A must.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dcreader VINE VOICE on May 16, 2012
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It would be easy to dismiss Barry Singer's Churchill Style as a fun, breezy read on Churchill, serving as mostly soft porn for voyeurs interested in the superficial aspects of the Churchill story. Such an impulse, however, would be wrong. That's not because it's not fun, nor easy to read. Indeed it's both. Churchill Style, however, is a vital addition to any true Churchillian's library because it provides a new dimension to understanding the actions of the man who did more to shape the 20th century than perhaps any other.

In fact, it serves several purposes, collecting notes about many aspects of Churchill's lifestyle gathered from many other books and sources into one place. Epicureans will delight in the many side bars concerning Churchill's taste in champagne (vintage Pol Roger), cigars (inexpensive American!), scotches (heavily watered to point of being characterized as "mouthwash" by his staff), homes (city and country), books (classics of history and literature), pastimes (painting) and motor cars among others. This, however, is only the icing on the cake.

For while Churchill Style masquerades as a series of anecdotes and notes about Churchill's books, liquors, clothes, homes and hobbies, its core is to be found in its subtitle "The Art of Being Winston Churchill." For many of these things were mere props in the pageant that was Churchill's life. The style, i.e., how Churchill conducted himself, was intimately intertwined with the substance of his work and the book's real value lays in Singer's explanation of how Churchill operated to advance himself into a place where his gifts could ultimately prove useful to King and country.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike O'Connor TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 12, 2012
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Of all the major political leaders of the 20th Century, Winston Churchill certainly lived life to the fullest. He loved cigars, fine brandy/whiskey/champagne, the latest in fashion and holding court with witty, educated people, who preferably hung on his every word. A master of the English language and supremely self-confident in his abilities and destiny, Churchill relished the political and intellectual world as few others did. And he was as adept at painting landscapes as he was at laying bricks. Barry Singer offers a fascinating look at the private man behind the public image in this entertaining 2012 Abrams release.

Singer takes the reader on a chronological, guided tour of the life and times of this iconic figure. Against the background of Churchill's growing political prominence, Singer details Churchill's family relations and friendships, home life, pastimes, love of reading, his own literary efforts, fashion sense, drinking habits, dining habits, love of animals, etc. not to mention his habit of frequently living beyond his means!

The book is illustrated with dozens of b&w and color photographs, paintings, documents and memorabilia, many never-before-published.

Churchill enthusiasts will savor CHURCHILL STYLE. I know I did. Singer's book is an insightful, utterly appealing and altogether charming portrait which brings this most human of all great political leaders to colorful life. Highly recommended.
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