A long-overdue tribute to the extraordinary woman behind Winston Churchill.
By Winston Churchill's own admission, victory in the Second World War would have been "impossible without her". Until now, however, the only existing biography of Churchill's wife, Clementine, was written by her daughter. Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine her due with a deeply researched account that tells her life story, revealing how she was instrumental in softening FDR's initial dislike of her husband and paving the way for Britain's close relationship with America. It also provides a surprising account of her relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt and their differing approaches to the war effort.
Born into impecunious aristocracy, the young Clementine was the target of cruel snobbery. Many wondered why Winston married her, but their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership. Beautiful and intelligent but driven by her own insecurities, she made his career her mission. Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship, and Clementine is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world.
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I did not expect I would enjoy this book so much. It is very much an account of an era, and not just about the life of "Clemi" Churchill. I feel like I learned so much about certain aspects of World War II history I was not aware. Superb narration by Susan Lyons, as always.
Susan Lyons did a superb job narrating this book. I chose this over The Last Lion because I wanted to know more about the intimate part of Churhill's life and Sonia Purnell delivered a well researched book with a well spring of rich sources. Clementine Churchill has not been given enough credit for her contributions to the world. Purnell aims to remedy that. Without Clementine there most likely would not have been a Winston.
Huntsville, Alabama. Language and Literature College Faculty.
An interesting consideration of both Mr. and Mrs. Churchill, marriage, a historical era, and the settings in which these unquestionably impactful personages lived their fascinating lives.
I'm a writer of everything from children's picture books to fiction to memoir. I usually listen to nonfiction, mostly history, on Audible simply because I prefer to read novels on the page. The only exception to that rule is short stories and I'm partial to the Selected Shorts Anthologies.
Well written, detailed, researched but lively view of the woman who made Winston Churchill possible as the world leader he became.
Clementine is a tremendous book. It brings the Churchills to life with all their flaws and their magnificent courage. Mixing history of their relationships with the English,the Roosevelts and Stalin, along with their dysfunctional children makes for a great listen. The narrator is fantastic and so is the author..
Here is a biography of a wife of a world famous man getting her due. Who knows what would have been her due had Winston Churchill not been prime minister during WWII but she created a role for herself as Britain's first lady at an extremely dire time for Britain which, the author notes, was not achieved before this and has not been since. I loved hearing about their marriage and how much he relied on her intelligence and good sense.
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