Churchill, A Graphical Biography

A delightful pictorial biography in a form the French have made their own. This is the work of four French authors, translated into English, and saluting Sir Winston Churchill. – Very Highly Recommended.

NAME:   Churchill, A Graphical Biography
FILE: R3177
AUTHOR: Delmas, Regnault, Cammardella, Kersaudy
PUBLISHER: Greenhill Books, Pen and Sword 
BINDING: soft back
PRICE: £12.99                                                               
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:   Victorian Era, Edwardian Era, Boer War, WWI, World War One, World War 1, Great War, WWII, World War II, World War 2, World War Two, Second World War, war at sea, field commander, war correspondent, PoW, domestic terrorists, Home Secretary, Gallipoli, artist, builder, politician, Liberal, Conservative, Prime Minister, Victory in Europe.

ISBN: 1-784338-512-3

PAGES: 116
IMAGE: B3177.jpg
DESCRIPTION: A delightful pictorial biography in a form the French have made 
their own. This is the work of four French authors, translated into English, and 
saluting Sir Winston Churchill. – Very Highly Recommended.

The picture book, comic, pictorial history is an innovative format that is much under appreciated, From recent academic comment daemonizing Churchill and the general dumbing down of university education, this is an excellent addition to every university library and within the ability of typical students.

The four authors have managed to capture the life of an extraordinary man who saved the world from a new Dark Age. How they managed to achieve this appreciative review of an incredibly complex individual is a graphic demonstration of the power of the picture book. Churchill had decided what his destiny was by the age of 16. He never wavered from that through all the twists and turns of his life. In 1940 he was the right person in the right place and all of his life before was in preparation for this point.

He was born into privilege and educated in privilege. His ancestor Marlborough was the Churchill of his Age and was an important influence on his descendant. Winston Churchill was to go through his school days without academic distinction and yet became one of the most eloquent and compelling historians and writers, producing some truly outstanding work that demonstrated not just diligent research, but a real understanding of his subjects and an ability to present his findings with powerful and descriptive language. He also had a remarkable understanding of the political implications of all that was happening in the world around him, being the first politician to point out the serious threat posed to the world and to democracy by the rise of Adolf Hitler.

As later when Donald Trump was to be denigrated by lesser politicians and political activists who feared him, Churchill stuck to his beliefs and policies to be proved right and fully justified

From school, he was a soldier fighting in the last great cavalry charge by the British Army in North Africa, a war correspondent in South Africa and prisoner of the Boers. He went smoothly into politics and became a young Home Secretary facing the threat of terrorists in London. At the Admiralty he provided effective leadership in war but after the failure of the Gallipoli Campaign he resigned and joined the Army as a field officer in the trenches of the Western Front, seeing the invention he had championed, the Tank, make its mark in battle. When war again broke out he returned to the Admiralty to be welcomed in a signal to the Fleet “Winnie’s back”. There may have been a Phony War on the Franco-German border, but for the Royal Navy and the merchant marine war began on the first day and the first British victory was the end of the pocket battleship Graf Spee, defeated by three small British and Commonwealth cruisers.

His political life was as complex as the man, serving as a Liberal MP and then as a Conservative MP. Not trusted or well liked by his fellow MPs he committed the sin of usually being right and having the determination to fight for his honour and belief.

In addition to writing, he was an accomplished artist and a keen builder. His long marriage produced support and he maintained a happy home, even though he at times suffered serious depression, his ‘Black Dog Days’. At any time he could have turned his back on politics and achieved so much as an artist and writer. Fortunately for the World he fought his corner politically and triumphed.

When he became Prime Minister in 1940 it could not have been a blacker picture but he single handedly turned the politicians from appeasement and surrender, to fight alongside the British people and the Commonwealth against the evil that was the Nazi creed. He was pragmatic and took really tough decisions, when that was demanded. He reluctantly ordered the Royal Navy to sink the French Fleet in port to deny the possibility that their fine ships could be taken over by the Germans after the Fall of France. He allied with Stalin, even though he considered Stalin and the Soviets no better than Hitler’s Nazis, and he forecast the Cold War.

Churchill was exhausted by the war and the first signs of his health suffering were there but it is tempting to think what might have been if he had not been replaced in peace by lesser men. He was not in favour of the show trials in Nuremberg, but he was in favour of working creatively to make Britain a positive member of a new Commonwealth of English Speaking People, recognizing the inherent strength of the Empire but the need for new relationships to recognize the ambitions and hopes of the Commonwealth of nations as they grew and matured. He also felt firmly a debt of gratitude to the many races of the Commonwealth who had stood together with Britain and helped make victory possible.

The authors have managed to capture this incredible man. Churchill the wordsmith and author would have appreciated this book and the power of its images.