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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (251 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary S. Lovell Narrator: Anne Flosni Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The first Duke of Marlborough (1650–1722) was a soldier of such genius that a lavish palace, Blenheim, was built to honor his triumphs. Succeeding generations of Churchills sometimes achieved distinction but also included profligates and womanizers, and they were saddled with the ruinous upkeep of Blenheim. The family fortunes were revived in the nineteenth century by the huge dowries of New York society beauties Jennie Jerome (Winston’s mother) and Consuelo Vanderbilt (wife to Winston’s cousin).

Mary S. Lovell brilliantly recounts the triumphant political and military campaigns, the construction of great houses, the domestic tragedies, and the happy marriage of Winston to Clementine Hosier set against the disastrous unions of most of his family, which ended in venereal disease, papal annulment, clinical depression, and adultery.

The Churchills were an extraordinary family: ambitious, impecunious, impulsive, brave, and arrogant. Winston—recently voted “The Greatest Briton”—dominates them all. His failures and triumphs are revealed in the context of a poignant and sometimes tragic private life.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy Heap | 2/15/2014

    " Another great, light, biography from Mary S. Lovell. My Granny worked with Winston Churchill during the war, so I found his story particularly interesting. Amazing times, extraordinary people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kevin Graves | 2/5/2014

    " Mary Lovell did an excellent job in telling the Churchill saga. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by A Moveable Mom | 1/31/2014

    " A very readable history of the Churchill family with emphasis on Winston and his generation. The author clearly likes Winston and presents a very sympathetic, appealing vision of his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Luann | 1/23/2014

    " The subjects of English history is always fascinating. Partly due to long lineages, and partly due to centuries of pomp and circumstance. The book was long but interesting. "

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About the Author

Mary S. Lovell is the author of the bestselling biographies The Sisters (about the Mitford family) and Straight on Till Morning (about Beryl Markham), as well as A Rage to Live, Bess of Hardwick, The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart, and several others. She lives in England.