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Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill

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In modern memory, Winston Churchill remains the man with the cigar and the equanimity among the ruins. Few can remember that at the age of 40, he was considered washed up, his best days behind him. In andlt;Iandgt;Young Titan, andlt;/Iandgt;historian Michael Shelden has produced the first biography focused on Churchilland#8217;s early career, the years between 1901 and 1915 that both nearly undid him but also forged the character that would later triumph in the Second World War. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Between his rise and his fall, Churchill built a modern navy, experimented with radical social reforms, survived various threats on his life, made powerful enemies and a few good friends, annoyed and delighted two British monarchs, became a husband and father, took the measure of the German military machine, authorized executions of notorious murderers, and faced deadly artillery barrages on the Western front. Along the way, he learned how to outwit more experienced rivals, how to overcome bureaucratic obstacles, how to question the assumptions of his upbringing, how to be patient and avoid overconfidence, and how to value loyalty. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;He also learned how to fall in love. Shelden gives us a portrait of Churchill as the dashing young suitor who pursued three great beauties of British society with his witty repartee, political f lair, and poetic letters. In one of many never-before-told episodes, Churchill is seen racing to a Scottish castle to prepare the heartbroken daughter of the prime minister for his impending marriage. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This was a time of high drama, intrigue, personal courage, and grave miscalculations. But as Shelden shows in this fresh and revealing biography, Churchilland#8217;s later success was predicated on his struggles to redeem the promise of his youth.

Review:

"This portrait of the pol as a young man tracks Churchill's coming-of-age from 1901, when he first entered Parliament, to 1915, when he resigned as First Lord of the Admiralty following the Gallipoli fiasco, with much personal material included. Shelden, a journalist, professor, and author of biographies of Mark Twain and George Orwell (the latter, Orwell, was a finalist for the Pulitzer), reveals a Churchill who early on was well known as a Boer War hero; an adventurer in India, Cuba, and Egypt; a prolific writer; and a member of Parliament. For someone of aristocratic background, Churchill held relatively progressive views, favoring women's suffrage and helping push for unemployment insurance. His personal charm and wit attracted numerous women, including the American actress Ethel Barrymore and Prime Minister Asquith's daughter, Violet, before he married Clementine Hozier at age 32. Shelden hews close to the man, his family and friends, and his policies; as a result, national and international concerns (as when he refers to Germany's pre-1914 'continuing preparation for war' without offering further explanation) are given short shrift. Despite this and occasional trivial digressions, the book is a fluid and informative examination of the early career of one of modern Britain's most outstanding political leaders. 16 pages of b&w photos." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

In modern memory, Winston Churchill remains the man with the cigar and the equanimity among the ruins. Few can remember that at the age of 40, he was considered washed up, his best days behind him. In Young Titan, historian Michael Shelden has produced the first biography focused on Churchills early career, the years between 1901 and 1915 that both nearly undid him but also forged the character that would later triumph in the Second World War.

Between his rise and his fall, Churchill built a modern navy, experimented with radical social reforms, survived various threats on his life, made powerful enemies and a few good friends, annoyed and delighted two British monarchs, became a husband and father, took the measure of the German military machine, authorized executions of notorious murderers, and faced deadly artillery barrages on the Western front. Along the way, he learned how to outwit more experienced rivals, how to overcome bureaucratic obstacles, how to question the assumptions of his upbringing, how to be patient and avoid overconfidence, and how to value loyalty.

He also learned how to fall in love. Shelden gives us a portrait of Churchill as the dashing young suitor who pursued three great beauties of British society with his witty repartee, political f lair, and poetic letters. In one of many never-before-told episodes, Churchill is seen racing to a Scottish castle to prepare the heartbroken daughter of the prime minister for his impending marriage.

This was a time of high drama, intrigue, personal courage, and grave miscalculations. But as Shelden shows in this fresh and revealing biography, Churchills later success was predicated on his struggles to redeem the promise of his youth.

Synopsis:

The first biography focused on Winston Churchill’s early career: a never-before-told account of his ambitious romantic pursuits, his outmaneuvering of rival political giants, and the fatal mistakes that would sideline him for years.

The image of the older, victorious Winston Churchill of World War II has long overshadowed the story of the eager younger man who left office with his reputation in tatters. Yet in many ways the early period is the most colorful of his career and the key to his character.

Michael Shelden, author of the bestselling Mark Twain: Man in White and Orwell, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times Notable Book, digs deep in Young Titan to trace Churchill’s progress between the ages of twenty-six and forty. This was an exhilarating time—full of high drama, intrigue, personal courage, and grave miscalculations. The young, passionate Winston built a modern navy, experimented with radical social reforms, made powerful enemies, and pursued some of the most beautiful women of his day. He became a husband and father, annoyed and delighted two British monarchs, risked his life as a pilot in training, and faced deadly artillery barrages on the Western front.

Shelden reveals the tough lessons learned during this time—that even the best plans go awry and the best intentions may be misunderstood—and contends that Churchill’s later success was predicated on his struggles to redeem the promise of his youth. Compulsively readable and illuminating, Young Titan offers a fresh and fascinating take on one of history’s most iconic figures.

About the Author

Michael Shelden is the author of four previous biographies. For twelve years he was a features writer for andlt;iandgt;The Daily Telegraph andlt;/iandgt;(London) and a fiction critic for andlt;iandgt;Theandlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;Baltimore Sunandlt;/iandgt;. He is currently a professor at Indiana State University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451609912
Author:
Shelden, Michael
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Presidents
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16pp. b-w insert
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This portrait of the pol as a young man tracks Churchill's coming-of-age from 1901, when he first entered Parliament, to 1915, when he resigned as First Lord of the Admiralty following the Gallipoli fiasco, with much personal material included. Shelden, a journalist, professor, and author of biographies of Mark Twain and George Orwell (the latter, Orwell, was a finalist for the Pulitzer), reveals a Churchill who early on was well known as a Boer War hero; an adventurer in India, Cuba, and Egypt; a prolific writer; and a member of Parliament. For someone of aristocratic background, Churchill held relatively progressive views, favoring women's suffrage and helping push for unemployment insurance. His personal charm and wit attracted numerous women, including the American actress Ethel Barrymore and Prime Minister Asquith's daughter, Violet, before he married Clementine Hozier at age 32. Shelden hews close to the man, his family and friends, and his policies; as a result, national and international concerns (as when he refers to Germany's pre-1914 'continuing preparation for war' without offering further explanation) are given short shrift. Despite this and occasional trivial digressions, the book is a fluid and informative examination of the early career of one of modern Britain's most outstanding political leaders. 16 pages of b&w photos." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , In modern memory, Winston Churchill remains the man with the cigar and the equanimity among the ruins. Few can remember that at the age of 40, he was considered washed up, his best days behind him. In Young Titan, historian Michael Shelden has produced the first biography focused on Churchills early career, the years between 1901 and 1915 that both nearly undid him but also forged the character that would later triumph in the Second World War.

Between his rise and his fall, Churchill built a modern navy, experimented with radical social reforms, survived various threats on his life, made powerful enemies and a few good friends, annoyed and delighted two British monarchs, became a husband and father, took the measure of the German military machine, authorized executions of notorious murderers, and faced deadly artillery barrages on the Western front. Along the way, he learned how to outwit more experienced rivals, how to overcome bureaucratic obstacles, how to question the assumptions of his upbringing, how to be patient and avoid overconfidence, and how to value loyalty.

He also learned how to fall in love. Shelden gives us a portrait of Churchill as the dashing young suitor who pursued three great beauties of British society with his witty repartee, political f lair, and poetic letters. In one of many never-before-told episodes, Churchill is seen racing to a Scottish castle to prepare the heartbroken daughter of the prime minister for his impending marriage.

This was a time of high drama, intrigue, personal courage, and grave miscalculations. But as Shelden shows in this fresh and revealing biography, Churchills later success was predicated on his struggles to redeem the promise of his youth.

"Synopsis" by , The first biography focused on Winston Churchill’s early career: a never-before-told account of his ambitious romantic pursuits, his outmaneuvering of rival political giants, and the fatal mistakes that would sideline him for years.

The image of the older, victorious Winston Churchill of World War II has long overshadowed the story of the eager younger man who left office with his reputation in tatters. Yet in many ways the early period is the most colorful of his career and the key to his character.

Michael Shelden, author of the bestselling Mark Twain: Man in White and Orwell, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times Notable Book, digs deep in Young Titan to trace Churchill’s progress between the ages of twenty-six and forty. This was an exhilarating time—full of high drama, intrigue, personal courage, and grave miscalculations. The young, passionate Winston built a modern navy, experimented with radical social reforms, made powerful enemies, and pursued some of the most beautiful women of his day. He became a husband and father, annoyed and delighted two British monarchs, risked his life as a pilot in training, and faced deadly artillery barrages on the Western front.

Shelden reveals the tough lessons learned during this time—that even the best plans go awry and the best intentions may be misunderstood—and contends that Churchill’s later success was predicated on his struggles to redeem the promise of his youth. Compulsively readable and illuminating, Young Titan offers a fresh and fascinating take on one of history’s most iconic figures.

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