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Churchill without the "boring bits"

Churchill and War - Geoffrey Best

There are two ways of treating Geoffrey Best's study of the role of war in Winston Churchill's career. The first is of this as a biography of Churchill with all of the "boring bits" removed, allowing readers to focus on Churchill's long involvement with war and warfare. This undoubtedly appeals to many readers and they will be well served by Best's clear prose and interesting insights. Yet to view Churchill just or even primarily from the perspective of war belies one important detail, which is that Churchill was first and foremost a politician and not a soldier. To his credit, Best recognizes this, yet an account of Churchill that puts military matters ahead of political ones ultimately distorts his career by glossing over the issues and details which defined much of it. As a result, while Best's book is a useful and informative look at Churchill's life, readers should not make it the only one that they read.