Starting a Churchill Reading List: The Best Churchill Bio

Starting a Churchill Reading List: The Best Churchill Bio

Britain's Wartime Prime Minister Has Become One of the Biggest Subjects for Historians

The era of World War II is one of the most fruitful grounds for historical research in all time. Viewed as a historical event, it has everything that perplexes and challenges us about the human condition: monstrous injustice, heroic sacrifice, and international politics that’s by turns vicious and awe-inspiring. Since Churchill is among the most important figures of this time, it’s no surprise that there are literally thousands of Churchill bios. They run the gamut from the lightest “popular prose” to the densest academic history -- the kind of stuff you can’t even find outside research libraries.

Historian John Keegan stands out as a writer who can provide thought-provoking history in a way that’s readable and engaging. Keegan, a specialist in the time of World War II, is the most widely read historian on the matter both in Europe and the United States. His Winston Churchill: A Life takes a huge amount of information on the life and times of Winston Churchill and blends it into a tale of wartime strategy and political intrigue that will satisfy serious history buffs. Also of interest from the link above is the fact more and more books are being written about Churchill: 129 new books between 2000 and 2008.

No one book can really give you a complete picture of a complex figure like Winston Churchill. But Winston Churchill: A Life comes as close as possible and is a great intro to some of the more specialized tomes on the prime minister. What’s your favorite Churchill work? We want to hear from you here on Winston Churchill Talk!