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I liked the writing style of this book lots of complex, rolling sentances, adjectives, and flowery descriptions The author assumes her readers know many of the people she writes about, because her contemporary readers would have probably known them But for me, I needed to refer to Wikipedia quite often The book was published in 1965, and Violet Bonham Carter was a contemporary and friend of Winston Churchill She knew him as well as anyone, except perhaps his mother But one gets the sense I liked the writing style of this book lots of complex, rolling sentances, adjectives, and flowery descriptions The author assumes her readers know many of the people she writes about, because her contemporary readers would have probably known them But for me, I needed to refer to Wikipedia quite often The book was published in 1965, and Violet Bonham Carter was a contemporary and friend of Winston Churchill She knew him as well as anyone, except perhaps his mother But one gets the sense from her writings that even a close confidante might get noor less than any person he communicated with or who listened to one of his speaches One might even get the sense that who he was deep down inside was the same as who he was to the public Even when every friend and supporter of Churhill thought his positions on some issues were ill advised or abhorent, he plunged forward full force, and delivered his thoughts publically and confidently, with conviction Which is why he was described by the author as having, unabashed confidence, unsquashable resiliance, and contempt for humdrum conformity He had some very dedicated supporters who supported him at the sacrifice of their own reputations, such as the author s father, the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Mr Asquith Churchill was as comfortable leading the British Admiralty, as he was leading troops into battle, and he thought both jobs were equally important, and in fact gave up the former to do the latter for a short stint in WWI He also exhibited immense bravery in commanding troops, seeming to be unaware as others would be of the tremendous loss his demise would be He once commented that he loved war I would have given it 5 stars except that I had great difficulty understanding all of the inner workings of parliament, which I felt was a bit taken for granted by the author All of this dissolving the government business is so strange to an American, but apparently it s a common process for the Brits But I can t say the author facilitated much improvement in my knowledge on this topic And since Churchill s years in Parliament featured most prominently in this book, it cost a star But only one, as I really enjoyed the book overall Readers will also get a little taste for what it was like to travel in upper class circles, wining and dining and traveling the world Informative but noothing special. Interesting insight into the life and decision making of Churchill from someone who knew him from a young age and who had access to all of the main characters in the lead up to and during World War 1. This was simply excellent Writing was superb What a treat this was Highly recommend Felt like I was there during this historic period. One of my favorite characters from history, Winston Churchill s life is explored in this well written biography If you like history, especially around the time of the second world war, you will enjoy this The author, being the daughter of a former prime minister, gives a good account of the political development of Churchill She shares some fun stories and sheds light on his character as one who went all out in whatever role he held Churchill is seen to have vices that are only matched and surpassed by his strengths His shocking lack of awareness of the feelings of other persons attitudes is counterbalanced by his clear headed insight into future events The author recounts episodes where W The author, being the daughter of a former prime minister, gives a good account of the political development of Churchill She shares some fun stories and sheds light on his character as one who went all out in whatever role he held Churchill is seen to have vices that are only matched and surpassed by his strengths His shocking lack of awareness of the feelings of other persons attitudes is counterbalanced by his clear headed insight into future events The author recounts episodes where Winston barely escaped with his life and points to the subject s own recognition that he was led by Providence, a small character in a much larger drama, over which he had little control The writing is not amazing, nor is it dull As one who adores Churchill, I m glad to have read it A very personal biography that only goes to the end of WW I Good insight into Churchill s involvement with British government before and during WW I. *Download Book ✒ Winston Churchill: An Intimate Portrait ⇱ This superb account of the public and private life of the greatest Englishman of our century makes a rare firsthand contribution to the history of an epoch and to the understanding of a man Violet Bonham Carter was Churchill s close personal friend for nearly sixty years Her book focuses on the formative and crucial years fromtothat shaped his political style as well as his philosophy it contains a vast amount of new material that has never been previously published