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Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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About the Author
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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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.
We all know the privileged circumstances of birth and social standing afforded Winston. We know of his education and struggles with both his father who died at a young age and his social butterfly mother Jenny Jerome Churchill. What Singer does in his very graphic and honest portrayal of Churchill is to put you the reader in the shoes of what it was to live the life of Winston Churchill throughout his life. Was he an alcoholic? Really he was not!!! His cigar habit was addictive but he smoked much less than perceived.
Singer's writing is easy and very provocative. The stories told within are entertaining and revealing! Singer adds depth to the historical oevre of Winston Churchill. The pictures shown within this work are priceless and add texture and meaning to a man who lead a meaningful and full life. This book is a must for any Churchillian and any other person interested in contemporary World history!!
When I lived in the New York area, I was able to visit Singer's excellent Chartwell Booksellers in Manhattan, and although I never met the man himself, I was always convinced that the proprietor was someone who really knows his Churchill. That comes across in this book, too. The basic biography in "Churchill Style" is, as I said above, medium-depth and doesn't really break a lot of new ground. Still, it is well done (the one obvious error I noted was in the caption to the photo on page 169, where Admiral Harold Stark is mis-identified as William Leahy), and would serve as a great introductory biography for anyone new to the topic. I should note that Singer's biographizing thins out quite a bit during the World War 2 years, although those are also, of course, the years most extensively documented in many, many other sources.
Where Singer's work really, really shines, is introducing and illustrating the items, brands, sources, and influences of the personal items with which Churchill surrounded himself, and through which he defined his style and lived his distinctive life. The author has done great work excavating ancient invoices, purchase orders, thank-you notes, and much more to show how Churchill provisioned himself, and helpfully includes contact information to as many of those sources as still exist today. Many visitors to this website would surely envy the seeming abandon with which Churchill purchased books by the literal hundreds in the early years of the last century, though that certainly contributed to what the dustcover blurb describes as WSC's "gift for living well beyond his means." Churchill's other gifts -- including, most notably, those for work and for friendship -- also shine through in these pages.
I won't hesitate to call this book an essential addition to the shelves of any Churchill historian, student, or fan. With so many books about Churchill coming out every year, it can be hard to identify which ones are really worth paying attention to. "Churchill Style" definitely makes the list.