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Winston Churchill in 100 Objects (Hardback)

Military > Greenhill Books WWII

By Phil Reed, Anthony Richards
Greenhill Books
Pages: 304
Illustrations: 250 colour and black and white
ISBN: 9781805000242
Published: 30th July 2024


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'A book that brings Churchill's long life alive; connecting the reader to his many actions and interests through a carefully curated selection of objects.' — Allen Packwood, Director of Churchill Archives Centre

One of the most recognisable public figures of the twentieth century, Sir Winston Churchill has been the subject of countless works of fiction and non-fiction alike. Winston Churchill in 100 Objects elevates this portrayal to another level entirely.

The one hundred objects featured in this book chart the long and storied life of Winston Churchill, accompanied by fascinating descriptions and captivating photographs. Readers are taken back to Churchill’s infancy (with his baby rattle and his christening robe); to his life as a young boy (with his tin soldiers and a school report); to his time as a young man in military service (with his 4th Hussars service uniform); right through to his many years in public office (with letters from kings, queens and presidents; his chair in the Churchill War Rooms cabinet room; and, of course, his iconic bowler hat).

Compiled by experienced archivists and Churchill experts Phil Reed and Anthony Richards, this unique collection shows the personal and professional sides of Churchill in a new and fascinating light. It is a compelling, educational and revelatory book that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I couldn't resist requesting this book. Included in its pages are 100 items, either that Churchill owned or ephemera like newspapers or posters that related to the man. I found the book quite interesting as I've read quite a few biographies on Churchill and plan to tackle some of his written work. It was enlightening to see things like Chartwell and a whole church moved from Great Britain to the United States, as well as the final resting place of Churchill's nanny, and where he proposed to Clementine.

Controversial or not these days, Churchill did save the western world and was probably the greatest influence upon the 20th century.

NetGalley, Jennifer J

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Perfect for anyone interested in Churchill, and his times. A wide variety of objects from HMS Belfast to cigars to Chartwell, and beyond - some big and some tiny. A very enjoyable read, and easy to dip in and out of.


NetGalley, Helen Keeping

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A must-read for Churchill fans, who will be intrigued by the 100 Winnie-related items and their history that shed unique light on the iconic statesman.

NetGalley, Literary Redhead

‘An imaginative and insightful new history of one of Britain’s greatest politicians.’

Roger Moorhouse, author of The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin and Hitler’s Third Reich in 100 Objects

‘A brilliant cradle-to-grave cavalcade, the commonplace and the extraordinary of a life without parallel.’

Brigadier Allan Mallinson, author of The Making of the British Army

‘A fantastic glimpse into the life of a remarkable British icon – Winston Churchill as you have never seen him before. Full of wonderful insight.’

Anthony Tucker-Jones, author of Churchill Master and Commander

‘A book that brings Churchill’s long life alive; connecting the reader to his many actions and interests through a carefully curated selection of objects.’

Allen Packwood, Director, Churchill Archives Centre

‘This wonderful book brings Sir Winston Churchill to life in a powerful and original way. To focus on the objects that he worked with, relaxed with, and often delighted in allows us to see Churchill in a new light, and no one could be more expert guides to them than Phil Reed and Anthony Richards.’

Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny

About Phil Reed

Phil Reed was director of the Churchill War Rooms for 23 years, director of the HMS Belfast for six years, and spent 41 years in total with the Imperial War Museum. He is Executive Vice President of the American Air Museum and continues to make speeches on a variety of subjects relating to Winston Churchill, the Churchill War Rooms and World War II history and politics.

About Anthony Richards

Anthony Richards has worked at the Imperial War Museum for more than twenty years, where he is responsible for the document and sound archives. A qualified archivist, he has contributed to many publications and media projects based on personal written testimony of the two world wars, including articles for The Telegraph newspaper, the Royal Mail Stamp Yearbook, and the ITV series The Great War: The People’s Story (2014). He is also the author of The Somme: A Visual History and In Their Own Words; (both IWM, 2016) and Documents That Changed History (IWM, 2018).

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