The author, a U.S. Army Colonel and historian, examines Winston Churchill's experiences as a soldier and a political leader with wartime responsibilities during both World War I and World War II. The author makes an interesting case for evaluating Winston Churchill's conduct during wartime as a product of his upbringing during the Victorian Age when the British Empire was at the peak of its power.
The book is wide-ranging in scope. It looks at: (1) Winston Churchill's upbringing and education; (2) Winston Churchill's experiences in the British Army as a young man; (3) Winston Churchill's service as First Lord of the Admiralty and Minister of Munitions during World War I; (4) Winston Churchill's activities between World War I and World War II; (5) Winston Churchill's service as Prime Minister during World War II; and (6) Winston Churchill's experiences with British intelligence activities at various time during his career, with emphasis on his experiences with intelligence during World War II. The author presents a good description of Winston Churchill's actions as a wartime leader within the context of his times and his many writings and speeches.
This book would be worthwhile reading for anyone interested in Winston Churchill's life and times.
Influenced by what Clausewitz called the "remarkable trinity" - the government, the military and the people - David Jablonsky studies the interaction between Churchill, the British people and the army during World War II. He argues that the great British leader saw civilian supremacy as the rule in total war.