Churchill Society Book Club – Barbara Leaming
The Churchill Society Book Club
The Churchill Society Book Club will be discussing Barbara Leaming’s Churchill Defiant: Fighting On, 1945-1955.
The event is FREE to all who are interested.
“Expelled from power in 1945 by the British electorate, Winston Churchill could have retired, written memoirs, and basked in national esteem for his wartime leadership. Despite this, Churchill clung to politics for another decade, frustrating the ambition for the top spot of the Conservative Partyâ€™s younger, glamour-boy heir apparent, Anthony Eden. Leamingâ€™s absorbing chronicle depicts Churchillâ€™s conviction of his indispensability and Edenâ€™s exasperations within a sequence of schemes and cabals of Tory factions to replace the former with the latter. Such plots the wily Churchill repeatedly circumvented by reneging on promises to retire and by public speeches that effectively (though deceptively) allayed rumours about his health, diminished by several strokes. Illuminating Churchillâ€™s determination to defy time, Leaming alludes to his previous comebacks and to his belief that he alone could negotiate with Stalin and his successors, a conceit with which the author makes some sport. In the context of Britainâ€™s grim postwar years of austerity and the ascension of Elizabeth II, Leaming produces eminently readable political history.”
The book is published by Harper Collins and available at Chapters/Indigo.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
University of Toronto
6 Hoskin Ave.