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Mary S. Lovell's best-selling biographies include Straight on Till Morning (Beryl Markham) and The Sisters (the Mitford family). She lives in England.

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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1St Edition edition (May 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393062309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393062304
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Eitic on May 2, 2011
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"The Churchills" captures the complex and intense family relationships that nurtured, shaped, inspired and burdened the greatest Briton to ever live. For the reader, like myself, who has read their share of Churchill biographies, and many of the books that he authored himself, you will find Lovell's book to be a must read. Lovell offers facts, anecdotes, and details on family relationships that constitute the landscape of Winston S. Churchill's life, as well as, the exceptional and, at times, outrageous extended family of Churchills by birth and marriage. The crush of debt, spendthrift extravagance, mental depression, suicides, inspired brilliance, career ending misjudgments, infidelities, divorces, religious conversions, extreme political views, and enduring love affairs make up the story of this family, as told by Lovell. Like Churchill himself, the family is larger than life and its story reads like an amazing novel. The reality of this family's story is simply too exceptional to be accepted as plausible fiction. It spans and fully engages every significant event from the age of Victoria to the passing of Kennedy's Camelot. A number of leading personalities and families of Britain, Continental Europe, and America are entwined with the Churchill family in a churning array of in-laws, paramours, and confidants. On that point, I would offer my only criticism. The family relationships, friendships, and multi-generational complexity of names, titles, and divorces would benefit from a more extensive family tree or list of key personalities. The use of first names, nicknames, and titles in the text did send me to the index a number of times to confirm the identity and relationships of the person being referenced.Read more ›
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Pollock on May 16, 2011
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Another book about Winston Churchill? Do we need yet another? Yes, most certainly, when it's a book about all the Churchills since the first Duke of Marlborough, concentrating on their personal lives. Mary Lovell writes entertainingly, yet the book is extensively footnoted and she even provides explanatory notes to supplement the text. Mostly it's about Winston, and she makes quick work of the generations between the first duke, a brilliant general who was gifted with Blenheim Castle, and Winston's talented father, Randolph, a second son of the seventh Duke.

I have read Martin Gilbert's one volume biography (the official biographer), I'm working my way through Churchill's own memoir of the Second World War (six volumes), and I've read many excellent supplemental books on The Greatest Briton (by vote) by distinguished historians. Lovell's book is for me light reading, but I'm glad to read it. Lovell puts a great deal in context. She relates the accomplishments of the first Duke of Marlborough in a chapter (Winston's own biography of his famous ancestor is two hefty volumes), while giving an amusing picture of his overbearing wife, Sarah, a close confidant of Queen Anne.

It is uplifting to read once again about Winston Churchill, since he was not only a brilliant statesman, but also a highly admirable person. The family motto is "faithful but unfortunate". In Winston's case, he was both faithful and fortunate. Thanks to Mary Lovell for providing this well written, carefully sourced volume.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John D. Cofield TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 15, 2011
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The Churchill family has contributed three towering figures to British history: John the first Duke of Marlborough, the nineteenth century politician Lord Randolph Churchill, and Sir Winston Churchill, the son of Lord Randolph who dominated early to mid twentieth century British politics. The Churchills have also succeeded in bringing into their bloodline contributions from many beautiful and highly accomplished women like Sarah Jennings, wife of the first Duke; the beautiful Jennie Jerome, wife of Lord Randolph; and Clementine Hozier, Sir Winston's equally redoubtable wife. Scattered among these giants have been many less remarkable Churchills: spendthrift nonentities careless of their heritage and overshadowed by their more impressive kin. Mary Lovell's magnificent family saga reveals the history of the Churchills in both its highs and its lows over the last three centuries.

Lovell begins with a chapter dealing with John and Sarah Churchill, the first Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, who held great military and political power at the beginning of the eighteenth century. The first Duke's battlefield accomplishments led the British people to bestow Blenheim, one of the great non royal palaces, on him and his descendants (but unfortunately without also bestowing lands capable of producing the wealth needed to maintain it, resulting in Blenheim becoming a huge money pit for generations of Marlboroughs.) Lovell then skims over the next few generations of nonentities to concentrate on the late nineteenth century when financial pressures led two Churchills to marry wealthy Americans. Lord Randolph's wife Jennie Jerome was both beautiful and highly intelligent, qualities she used to help her husband's career immensely before he finally self-destructed.
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