From Library Journal
One of the greatest statesmen of the 20th century, Winston Churchill has been the subject of hundreds of books, including two recent hefty contributions by prominent historians Roy Jenkins and Geoffrey Best. Still, to the groaning shelf of Churchill studies should be added this excellent new work by Larres, who teaches at Queen's University in Belfast. Larres has sifted through a mountain of primary and secondary literature in his exploration of Churchill's ceaseless efforts during the twilight years of his career (1945-55) to use personal diplomacy to lessen international tensions among the great powers. Through the power of his personality and intellect, Churchill sought to keep Great Britain a major player in international affairs, and he never fully comprehended that the British imperial sun had already begun to set by 1945. This is an exceedingly well-researched and well-written study of Churchill and of British foreign policy in the first decade after World War II and should be a part of most collections. Highly recommended. Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
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Klaus Larres. . . has produced a well-written, scrupulously documented [work]. . . a gripping account. -- Roger Fontaine, Washington Times