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All Behind You, Winston: Churchill's Great Coalition 1940-45

All Behind You, Winston: Churchill's Great Coalition 1940-45

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Author: Hermiston, Roger

Brand: Aurum Press

Edition: Reprint

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Number Of Pages: 416

Release Date: 28-02-2017

Details: Product Description All Behind You, Winston tells the story of the most remarkable gathering of leaders in modern British history: the War Ministry that saw the country through its darkest - and finest - hour. When Winston Churchill became Prime Minister on 10 May 1940, it was not with the unanimous support of Westminster or the country. For many, Lord Halifax was the obvious choice to succeed Neville Chamberlain, and Churchill's grasp of the Home Front appeared uncertain at best. He assembled around him, however, a Cabinet of 'all the talents'; which would variously mobilise, arm, feed, fund, shelter, evacuate, heal and, ultimately, save Britain. Among these remarkable men - and women - were Churchill's rivals Lord Halifax and Sir Stafford Cripps, the loyal and dogged Clement Attlee, titanic egos such as Lord Beaverbrook and John Reith, the popular department store owner Lord Woolton (the man who kept the nation fed), the propagandist and playboy Duff Cooper, and many of the statesmen who would go on to build the New Jerusalem in peacetime. By 1945 they had not only steered the country to victory, they had also ensured Churchill's inviolable position in our national myth - an outcome that had seemed far from likely five years earlier. In a series of character-driven chapters, Roger Hermiston, a former deputy editor on Radio 4-s Today and the author of The Greatest Traitor, tells the behind-closed-doors story of the key figures and key ministries, delving deep into the archives to bring to life a Cabinet that was both the brain and the conscience of the nation. Review 'No man, even the greatest , stands alone. This is the beautifully researched tale of those extraordinary men who stood behind Winston when it mattered most.' Michael Dobbs, Author of House of Cards. "A must for anyone interested in British wartime politics… So much is known about Churchill and the struggles he faced during Britain’s darkest hours that it is almost unimaginable that there could be still more information out there. But Roger Hermiston has proved otherwise, brilliantly examining the fraught relations...and the relentless internal difficulties facing Churchill for five horrendous years." - Soldier Magazine "By the book's end the reader will be in no doubt that Churchill did an amazing job in holding together and directing the nation during one of its most difficult eras." - Sky and Bullets "Hermiston has written a gripping account, full of drama, personality and humour." - Tim Bouverie, Daily Telegraph "In this highly readable account...the ideological differences and personality clashes between the large egos of Bevin and Morrison, Beaverbrook and Attlee are described in fascinating." - Maj Stephen Coulson, The Lady "No man, even the greatest, stands alone. This is the beautifully researched fate of those extraordinary men who stood behind Winston when it mattered most." - Michael Dobbs "Not only did this {Churchill's 1940-45 administration} Conservative-Labour-Liberal coalition steer Britain through its most perilous years and win the war, it also initiated social reforms that were to shape post-war Britain. These staggering achievements are brilliantly described in Hermiston's  All Behind You, Winston." - Irish Independent "Roger Hermiston’s bright idea [to explore the achievement of the coalition]... is so obviously right that it is surprising that no one, so far as I know, has done it before. His book is skilfully constructed… The sometimes tense relationships within the coalition make a good new slant on a familiar story, and Roger Hermiston tells it well." - John Campbell, Finest Hour magazine "Summer Reads Pick: ‘Of all political coalitions, the piece de resistance must be the 1940-45 administration: warring egos held together by sheer will’ ‘Of all political coalitions, the piece de resistance must be the 1940-45 administration: warring egos held together by sheer will." - Sunday Telegraph "The war was won on the fr

EAN: 9781781316641

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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