This book is part of the Oxford University Press' Lives and Legacies series. It is a short book about Winston Churchill, an extremely famous British Prime Minister. Even though short, the book does a good job of detailing Churchill's long career.
The author's central thesis is that Churchill's huge ego was both his greatest flaw and his greatest strength. He was a genius, but he sometimes made bad choices because he didn't ask other people for advice. For example, during World War I he made the disastrous decision to try to invade Turkey through the Dardanelle Straits. The failure of the operation led to the death of 46,000 allied soldiers at the battle of Gallipoli.
During World War II he redeemed himself. His strong stand against appeasement was key to defeating the Nazis.
After World War II, Churchill coined the phrase the "Iron Curtain". He took the Soviet threat in Eastern Europe seriously before anyone else did.
This report prepared by Susanna Marlowe