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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Leaming Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Winston Churchill rages against time and his own mortality in this tumultuous political drama of his last 10 years of public life. Here is Churchill at his most outrageous, maddening, and devious - but also at his most human, courageous, and defiant.

"I am an obstinate pig." This was how Winston Churchill described himself. But at the end of July 1945, Winston Churchill was a defeated man - hurled from power by the British people at the end of the war in which he had just saved his country.

Churchill Defiant is the story of how, when it seemed impossible, Churchill fought his way back over the next six years to the center of great events - the only place he ever wanted to be. In 1951, at last prime minister once more, he was ready to begin his dash to win "the last prize I seek": the enduring peace that had eluded the world after Hitler's defeat.

But Churchill's battles were just beginning. He would have to wage war with both his closest colleagues and his most indispensable allies, the Americans, to get where none of them wanted him to go: the negotiating table with the Soviets.

Barbara Leaming has written a gripping, fast-paced narrative of bare-knuckle politics, of life-and-death decisions, of old grudges and fresh blame. It is the story of how, between 1945 and 1955, Churchill simultaneously fought to prevent a third world war and to defy his own mortality as the clock ticked away and time threatened to run out for him.

This is Winston Churchill in close-up - a compelling, vivid, and deeply poignant portrait of the great man at a time when almost no one wanted him to remain on the public stage and when he was willing to do absolutely anything to stay there.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The fighting spirit of Winston Churchill comes alive in Barbara Leaming’s brutal chronicle of the great man’s second premiership…In Churchill Defiant we learn of our hero’s final campaign, his four-year quest for a historic parley with the Soviets. But this ‘old man in a hurry’ could not defeat age itself. That he was proved human, after all, made the grand achievements of his life—saving Britain in its ‘finest hour’ and the honor of the century, simply being Winston Churchill—all the more stunning.”

    Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews

  • “Leaming has produced a splendid book about Britain’s last lion. Even in winter, he never lost his roar.”

    Washington Times

  • “The plot, which covers the last ten years of [Churchill’s] political life, could hardly be more gripping…Barbara Leaming has fashioned a poignant narrative. Like any good storyteller, she focuses sharply on the protagonist and his aspirations…Compelling.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “A concise history of Churchill after the trumpets. Readers who know him only as the hero of 1940 will be surprised to find an all-too-human politician in these pages…Leaming has done a good job of adding details to the familiar story…From [Anthony] Eden to Harry Truman, the supporting characters are well drawn, and they give the book a sprightly feel…A well-told political drama about the greatest figure of an epic century.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Illuminating Churchill’s determination to defy time, Leaming alludes to his previous comebacks and to his belief that he alone could negotiate with Stalin and his successors, a conceit with which the author makes some sport. In the context of Britain’s grim postwar years of austerity and the ascension of Elizabeth II, Leaming produces eminently readable political history.”


  • “Accomplished biographer Leaming tracks Winston Churchill’s masterful postwar comeback…Using a variety of material, Leaming executes a smooth, succinct narrative. Tight, polished, and effectively focused on the lesser-known end of Churchill’s career.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mslizzie | 10/6/2011

    " An interesting insight into Churchill's indomitable will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doorknobs | 8/5/2011

    " Dude is pretty cocky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jason Keenan | 6/13/2011

    " Interesting choice of period for biography - from Churchill's stunning loss in 1945 until his retirement in 1955. It covers his battles to come back from defeat, to drive a peace summit with the US and USSR, and to retain power in the face of ambition and opposition in his own cabinet. "

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