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Warlord is the definitive chronicle of Winston Churchill’s crucial role as one of the world’s most renowned military leaders, from his early adventures on the North-West Frontier of colonial India and the Boer War through his extraordinary service in both World Wars.

Carlo D’Este’s brilliant biography examines Churchill through the prism of his military service as both a soldier and a warlord: a descendant of Marlborough who, despite never having risen above the rank of lieutenant colonel, came eventually at age sixty-five to direct Britain’s military campaigns as prime minister and defeated Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito for the democracies. 

Even though Churchill became one of the towering political leaders of the twentieth century, his childhood ambition was to be a soldier. Using extensive, untapped archival materials, D’Este reveals important and untold observations from Churchill’s personal physician, as well as other colleagues and family members, in order to illuminate his character as never before. Warlord explores Churchill’s strategies behind the major military campaigns of World War I and World War II—both his dazzling successes and disastrous failures—while also revealing his tumultuous relationships with his generals and other commanders, including Dwight D. Eisenhower.

As riveting as the man it portrays, Warlord is a masterful, unsparing portrait of one of history’s most fascinating and influential leaders during what was arguably the most crucial event in human history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Carlo D’Este, among our very best military historians, has found in Winston Churchill a subject worthy of his talent. Warlord takes the familiar subject of Churchill’s amazing life and makes it glitter anew.”

    Rick Atkinson, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “Carlo D’Este, one of the finest historians of the Second World War, brings to his new book all his skills as a military analyst. The author’s judgments are acute and unsparing as ever, though his admiration for his subject never flags. Even those who think Churchill’s life familiar will find this a wonderfully stimulating study.”

    Max Hastings, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Carlo D’Este focuses a brilliant spotlight on Winston Churchill the warrior and warlord. This is no hagiography but a warts-and-all account of the military side of a complex man whose impact on his nation and the world shaped and changed both throughout the twentieth century. A unique view of Churchill and a magnificent historical gift.”

    Joseph L. Galloway, New York Times bestselling coauthor of We Were Soldiers Once…And Young

  • “This is the best single-volume work on Winston Churchill the soldier ever written. Warlord exudes scholarship, fine writing, and wisdom in equal measure.”

    Andrew Roberts, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An engaging narrative…Well-researched, balanced, and highly readable…Carlo D’Este provides us with a very human look at Churchill’s lifelong fascination with soldiering, war, and command…with an eye for colorful quotation and telling anecdote.”

    Washington Post

  • “Masterful…D’Este provides a blow by blow on all of the events of World War II. He is especially good at rendering the devastation Britain faced during the Blitz and the preparations for the Normandy Invasion.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Epic…A briliantly exciting narrative…D’Este has given us, finally, the lion not only in winter, but at war: impetuous, brazen, misguided, but indefatigable, indomitable, and magnanimous: the greatest and most energetic generalissimo of the 20th century.”

    Boston Globe

  • “D’Este is a master analyst of 20th-century military leadership, and this book may be his finest yet. Showing a remarkable knowledge of archival and printed sources, he tells the complex story of a statesman and warrior…D’Este camouflages neither personal weaknesses nor questionable policies…Elegantly written, this tour de force belongs in every library addressing the 20th century.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “D’Este, a biographer of Patton and Eisenhower, has long detected an absence of objectivity about Churchill’s military career. Here he astutely lauds Churchill’s soldierly courage but questions how Churchill-the-politician acted as, in effect, an operational general…Neither idolator nor revisionist, D’Este yields an ambivalent impression of Churchill that, while no denigration of his heroic leadership of Britain in 1940, underscores his paradoxes…It is just such paradoxes that render him perennially intriguing to the reading public.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “With eloquent prose and an abundance of anecdotes [D’Este] imparts insights into Churchill’s character…[Weiner’s] consistency of speech permits listeners to focus on the rich language and details of British history. Although Weiner’s treatment abounds with nuance and expression, he avoids mimicking Churchill’s famous speaking voice…but the complex character depicted will allow readers to form their own opinions.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Doug | 1/16/2014

    " Didn't get far before realizing that this book requires the reader to be interested in war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Adelle | 11/11/2013

    " My favorite read of 2009. Hands down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stacie | 11/9/2013

    " I enjoyed the book. The author mentioned the great things Churchill did as well as his blunders. It was a bit too detailed at times, but overall a very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bob Peterson | 10/31/2013

    " This is the finest military and political biography I have read. "

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About the Author

Carlo D’Este, an American military historian and biographer, is the author of several books, primarily on World War II. In 2011 he received the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. He served as an officer in the US Army and was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with oak-leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal. He retired from the US Army in 1978 with the rank of lieutenant colonel to write full time. Among his books are Bitter Victory; Warlord: A Life of Churchill at War, 1874–1945; Patton: A Genius for War; World War II in the Mediterranean, 1942–1945; and Eisenhower: Allied Supreme Commander.