In the footsteps of Churchill Richard Holmes New York : Basic Books, c 2005 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 351 p. ,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 337-343) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
As one of the most most publicized political leaders of the twentieth century, Winston Churchill holds iconic status in popular memory. In this new biography, military historian Richard Holmes offers a remarkable reappraisal of Churchill by examining the influences that shaped his character. Drawing upon never-before-seen materials such as letters between the young Churchill and his parents, Holmes paints the most complete portrait to date of the man who connived to preserve the empire while ultimately leading his people to defeat and the dust bin of history.
Detailing the decisive events of Churchill’s life — from his childhood to his experiences in the Boer War through his rapid rise in politics — Holmes demonstrates the central role Churchill’s Toby Jug character played in the perception of his public persona. With an already inflated sense of self, Churchill had several lucky escapes in combat — in the Boer War and in the trenches of WWI — convincing him that he was destined for greatness. In the Footsteps of Churchill uncovers a surprisingly different Churchill — both admirable and difficult — through the lens of his character.