Man of the Century: Winston Churchill and His Legend Since 1945

Hardcover | October 13, 2003

byJohn Ramsden

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He is commemorated throughout the world in museums and statuary, on street signs and in gift shops; even more prominently, Winston Churchill's monumental presence persists in shelves upon shelves of biographies and histories, dozens of which were written by Churchill himself and have been international bestsellers. While political figures are routinely the objects of intense posthumous scrutiny, few have achieved such pervasive and ongoing influence, and fewer still have so adeptly orchestrated their own place in history. Man of the Century is the often surprising story of how Winston Churchill, in the last years of his life, carefully crafted his reputation for posterity, and it reveals him as the twentieth century's pioneering, and perhaps most gifted, "spin doctor." It is also a far-ranging account not only of Churchill's continuing impact on British, American, and European politics, but also of the powerful legacy of his vision of a common destiny and heritage for English-speaking peoples around the world.

In the first book to examine the full scope of Churchill's postwar influence, John Ramsden draws on fresh material and extensive research from three continents to argue that the statesman's force of personality and romantic, imperial notion of Britain have contributed directly to many political events of the last several decades-including American involvement in Vietnam and the role of the Anglo-American alliance in promoting and protecting a certain vision of world order. Man of the Century captures the complexities of Churchill's story and political legacy as well as the spirit and irreverent power of the statesman who became a modern legend.

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He is commemorated throughout the world in museums and statuary, on street signs and in gift shops; even more prominently, Winston Churchill's monumental presence persists in shelves upon shelves of biographies and histories, dozens of which were written by Churchill himself and have been international bestsellers. While political fig...

John Ramsden is professor of modern history at Queen Mary in the University of London. From1995-6, he was visiting professor of British history at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri; in 2000 he was a Winston Churchill Fellow in New Zealand, and in 2001 a Distinguished Academic Visitor at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:672 pages, 9.41 × 1.5 × 0.98 inPublished:October 13, 2003Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231131062

ISBN - 13:9780231131063

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Part One 'The Greatest Dying Englishman': Churchill's Death and Funeral'Had This War Not Come, Who Would Speak of Winston Churchill'?'The Greatest Living Englishman''I Must Justify Myself before History': Fulton and the War MemoriesPart Two 'The Maker of Modern Ireland'?: Churchill and the Celts'The Father of Europe'?: Churchill and the EuropeansPart Three 'An English-speaking Union in my own Person': Churchill and the American'The Lynchpin of the English-Speaking Peoples': Churchill and Canada'The Brightest Gem in the British Crown': Churchill in New Zealand'Bad Stock': Churchill and AustraliaRobert Menzies, Worldwide Leader of the Churchill Appreciation SocietyPart Four The Man of the Century--and of the Next?NotesIndex

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Ramsden's study is a worthy addition to the growing Churchill literature. He succeeds in putting the Churchill legend and myth in historical perspective.