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What to expect

Warlordis 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,Warlordis 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.

Critics Review

  • “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

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