John Lukacs was professor of history at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia and is the author of more than twenty books, including Five Bays in London, At the End of an Age; A Thread of Years; The Duel: The Eighty-Day Struggle Between Churchill and Hitler; and The Last European War. He is the recipient of numerous academic honors and awards.
Each chapter of this book provides an essential portrait of Churchill. Lukacs treats Churchill’s vital relationships with Stalin, Roosevelt, and Eisenhower, as well as his complex, farsighted political vision concerning the coming of World War II and the Cold War. Lukacs also assesses Churchill’s abilities as a historian looking backward into the origins of the conflicts of which he was so much a part. In addition, the author examines the often contradictory ways Churchill has been perceived by critics and admirers alike. The last chapter is a powerful and deeply moving evocation of the three days Lukacs spent in London attending Churchill’s funeral in 1965. In Churchill: Visionary. Statesman. Historian., Lukacs deftly sets forth the essence of this towering figure of twentieth-century history with the consummate mastery of a great historian.
Publisher: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS