Winston Churchill's political career spanned over 50 years, during which time he was alternately at the centre of power and out of favour. He is most remembered for his inspirational leadership in World War II and his rousing speeches urging Britain to fight on. This book reveals the influences that shaped his life and career and looks at his strengths and weaknesses. Quotation panels, featuring many of Churchill's well-known sayings and comments, and the opinions of his well-known contemporaries, such as Stalin, are scattered liberally throughout. The final chapter examines his legacy and attempts to answer the question: how justifiable is his reputation in view of his achievements?
Paul Dowswell specialises in children's information books. As well as writing many history books for Wayland he also wrote 'Usborne's Medieval Messanger' which was short-listed for the 1997 Times Educational Supplement Information Book Award.