After reading this book, it leaves no doubt that Churchill is one of the towering figures in 20th Century history, if not world history. Gilbert gives a clear, concise account of Churchill's amazing life. Although Churchill was born into a privlieged family, his early life was not without adversity. One common thing in Churchill's life was they he always fought for what he believed in.
While Gilbert clearly admires Curchill, he stays objective and writes of him as a human being, not a legend. Many of the book's passages are from Churchill's speeches and letters. In these passages Churchill's clear mastery of the English language comes out. In the book, Gilert writes about many of Churchill's other pursuits in painting, writing, and flying. I would agree with Mr. Gilbert that Churchill's greatest triumph was leading the world against Hitler. He fought the good fight and gave hope to the future of the world.
In his long lifespan he saw the British Empire go from a vast colonial power, to a declining one after WWII. Gilbert gives a good account of Winston's second stint as PM, when he fought for peace in the Cold War. Although Churchill was warrior at heart, no one fought harder to keep the peace in a nuclear world. After reading this book, one will feel like they lost a personal friend.