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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is a considerable amount of information that I haven't read about in biographies about Winston Churchill. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew J. Tabone
Excellent overview of Churchill. Good supplement with a Churchill biography.Published 1 month ago by Charles W. Snader
I really enjoyed this book. There are a great many photos and interesting vignettes. Learned lots about Churchill- his taste in fashion, booze, food and cigars. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dana Epperson
I gave two of these away as Christmas gifts but I have only heard back from one recipient. He said I 'hit a home run' with that book and he would really enjoy reading it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ray D. Wickham
I found this to be an excellent description of a side of Sir Winston Churchill that is not often written about. I greatly enjoyed the history and descriptions of Mr. Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Shaw
Very well written bio of Churchill from the aspect of his daily life and habits, and personal tastes.Published 12 months ago by Pam M
My daughter gave this to me for Christmas. I thought this was a good read with more insight gained into the Churchill lifestyle and the trappings of such rather than his life in... Read morePublished 17 months ago by jt247n
Simply stated: This little volume is OUTSTANDING! For Churchill fans this book is yet another verification of just how excellent a spokesman he was. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Papi