“Winston Churchill’s life spanned the last decades of the British Empire, and to read Carlo D’Este’s enjoyable new biography is to recall the sequence of disasters that befell Britain between the final days of the Victorian era and its brush with extinction in World War II.” (Robert Kagan, The New York Times Book Review)
“Epic. . . . A briliantly exciting narrative. . . . D’Este has given us, finally, the lion not only in winter, but at war: impetuous, brazen, misguided, but indefatigable, indomitable, and magnanimous: the greatest and most energetic generalissimo of the 20th century.” (Nigel Hamilton, The Boston Globe)
“An engaging narrative. . . . Well-researched, balanced, and highly readable. . . . Carlo D’Este provides us with a very human look at Churchill’s lifelong fascination with soldiering, war, and command . . . with an eye for colorful quotation and telling anecdote.” (The Washington Post)
“Masterful. . . . D’Este provides a blow by blow on all of the events of World War II. He is especially good at rendering the devastation Britain faced during the Blitz and the preparations for the Normandy Invasion.” (The Chicago Sun-Times)
“The many biographies of Winston Churchill have tended to paint him from a political perspective. In his new book, military historian Carlo D’Este shifts the focus onto Churchill the military leader and how his passion for wartime endeavors led to the improbable British victory in the Allied cause.” (History Wire)
“D’Este astutely lauds Churchill’s soldierly courage but questions how Churchill-the-politician acted as, in effect, an operational general.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Elegantly written, this tour de force belongs in every library addressing the 20th century. . . . D’Este is a master analyst of 20th-century military leadership, and this book may be his finest yet. . . . He tells the complex story of a statesman and warrior.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Carlo D’Este, among our very best military historians, has found in Winston Churchill a subject worthy of his talent. Warlord takes the familiar subject of Churchill’s amazing life and makes it glitter anew.” (Rick Atkinson)
“Carlo d’Este, one of the finest historians of the Second World War, brings to his new book all his skills as a military analyst. Even those who think Churchill’s life familiar will find this a wonderfully stimulating study.” (Max Hastings)
Warlord is the definitive chronicle of Churchill's crucial role as one of the world's most renowned military leaders, from his early adventures on the North-West Frontier of colonial India and the Boer War through his extraordinary service in both world wars. Using extensive, untapped archival materials, Carlo D'Este illuminates Churchill's character as never before, exploring his strategies behind the major military campaigns of World War I and World War II—both his dazzling successes and disastrous failures—while also revealing his tumultuous relationships with his generals and other commanders, including Dwight D. Eisenhower.
As riveting as the man it portrays, Warlord is a masterful, unsparing portrait of one of history's most fascinating and influential leaders during what was arguably the most crucial event in human history.
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