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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Toye Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400188710
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A charmer and a bully, Winston Churchill was driven by a belief that the English were a superior race whose goals went beyond individual interests to offer an enduring good to the entire world. No better example exists than Churchill's resolve to stand alone against a more powerful Hitler in 1940 while the world's democracies fell to their knees. But there is also the Churchill who frequently inveighed against human rights, nationalism, and constitutional progress-the imperialist who could celebrate racism and believed India was unsuited to democracy. Drawing on newly released documents and an uncanny ability to separate the facts from the overblown reputation (by mid-career Churchill had become a global brand), Richard Toye provides the first comprehensive analysis of Churchill's relationship with the empire. Instead of locating Churchill's position on a simple left/right spectrum, Toye demonstrates how the statesman evolved and challenges the listener to understand his need to reconcile the demands of conscience with those of political conformity. Download and start listening now!

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  • A probing and thoroughly enjoyable life focusing on the contradictions and dilemmas of Churchill's imperialism. Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 11/30/2010

    " To sum up, Winston Churchill:
    Right on the Nazis;
    Wrong on India, Ireland, Kenya, and everything else. "

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About the Author

Richard Toye is an associate professor in the department of history at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. He was a fellow and director of studies at Homerton College, University of Cambridge, from 2002 to 2007. His book Lloyd George and Churchill: Rivals for Greatness earned him the Times Higher Young Academic Author of the Year Award in 2007.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.