I purchased this one on audio AND WHILE THE NARRATOR IS ADEUATE while the narrator is adeuate realised 30% into the audio that we would have to part company uickly as I was finding this one very boring istening and felt it was dragging and and knew I wasn Beguiled by Deborah Cohen s review in the Wall Street Journal I could hardly wait to get my hands on Clementine She did not exaggerate Although Winston Churchill s pivotal role in modern history is widely recognized ittle has been written about this intriguing woman and the vital Clementine Churchill African Immigrant Families in the United States: Transnational Lives and Schooling lived an amazingife She was incredibly under appreciated both in her time and now I feel ike I know a fair amount about Eleanor Roosevelt who was an incredible advocate Clementine Churchill may well have done for Britain and the free world than Eleanor but has received almost no credit Born into impoverished nobility she was about a decade younger than Winston Churchill This book draws heavily from the copious correspondence between Winston and Clementine They were generally not model parents and the book does not sugar coat their shortcomings in this area Clementine was privy to most of what Winston dealt with including state secrets She advised and challenged Winston and was often the only one who could challenge him She tempered him in many ways and often re wrote speeches and memos For a book where you know how it will end there are no secrets about history it was a gripping read I even pushed it ahead of other books on my to read pilehttpmichaelgolrickblogspotcom20 Wow I really AM impressed This is VERY good It starts out good and amazingly enough gets better and better It is about time somebody turned their focus on Winston Churchill s wife a person behind the scenes who did so much On completionI iked this book because it so well portrays the complicated relationships between the members of the Churchill family Winston and his wife Clementine and their five children I thought about the The Bodhisattva's Brain : Buddhism Naturalized love between Winston and Clementine One sees both theove and also the hurt they caused each other I thought about the parents respective relationships with the children No two relationships were the same and this gives food for thought Did Clementine Dark Tapestry (Colin and Leora Mysteries) learn from her earlier mistakes in child raising Could Clementine ever relate to her children as Winston did How did the children relate to their parents and why did each one behave so differently There is deep suffering within this family but for different reasons and with different outcomes The personal interactions are well explored I didn t see any of them drawn in a superficially favorableight The events of the First and Second World War are drawn from a British point of view in a concise and clear manner only referring to those events directly related to the Churchills The Dardanelles disaster Winston s wilderness years of the 30s and the efforts of him and his wife in drawing America into the Second World War are told from a perspective I have not read before Hearing of Clementine s views and behind the scenes involvement is eye opening I appreciated the explanation of why even after victory at the end of the Second World War Churchill failed to be reelected Generally a victor is honored How Churchill reacted and how Clementine reacted to osing the election in 1945 and what they felt and did is interesting to observe I found it revealing to compare the respective couples the Roosevelts and the Churchills Clementine was so very different from Eleanor yet both helped guided and opposed their respective husband in their own way One views markedly different personalities and different cultures The close ook at Clementine s importance to Winston and her role in his career has not been covered with such depth in the other books I have read as it is here The audiobook is well narrated by Charlotte Strevens The pronunciation is British rather than American and it should be so It took me a while to accustom myself to this Once I got the hang of it I had no trouble understanding The speed was goodI really cannot say I have any complaints with the book I thought first I should give it five stars because of this very fact Instead I am going by my gut reaction I REALLY ike the book so I am giving it four stars For me a five star book has to have something that makes it shine exceptionally an element of superb imagination The book is a very good analysis of the complex relationships found within the Churchill family and a clear review of the individuals ives There are zillions of books on #Winston Churchill And His #Churchill and his in the wars but this book fills a gap not covered before Other books on the Churchills The Private Lives of Winston Churchill 3 starsHero of the Empire The Boer War a Da This is a biography of Clementine Churchill who was arguably married to one of the most significant man of the 20th century Winston Churchill They were married for over 55 years it was not an easy marriage Winston was always on the move Clementine had to keep up and adjust to his many different roles throughout the ong yearsClementine would have to act as the antennae for Winston as he was not very perceptive on how he was perceived by others She would alert him to his bad behavior such as being overbearing and domineering He would isten to her and change though rarely apologise Cle. A ong overdue tribute to the extraordinary woman behind Winston ChurchillBy 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 ife.
Free read ClementineMs that unlike their parents they remained faithful to each other for the The GI Bride length of theirives togetherIn telling of Clementine s youth the author brings of their ives togetherIn telling of Clementine s youth the author brings the financial difficulties that followed her mother It got to the point the Clementine actually worked as a seamstress to help the family finances This ack of financial resources seems to have affected Clementine s attitude towards money throughout her marriage Neither she nor Winston were wealthy and the author brings out that money problems were always urking until very ate in their Ratscalibur lives it seems that while Clementine was always worried about making ends meet Winston spent moneyike he actually had it Ms Purnell makes a point of saying that the only time in their marriage Winston deceived her is when he bought their estate at Chartwell without her knowledgeIn The Million Dollar Goal (The Million Dollar Series, looking at Winston s political career both for very ambitious for him They both had the the goal of his eventually gaining the Prime Ministership It seems Clementine had a better sense ofocal politics and often saved Winston from himself When that was not possible she was instrumental at resurrecting his fortunes One of the examples the author sites is his rejoining the Army in 1916 after his being dismissed from the government after Gallipoli That said he didn t always follow her advice Continuing the WW I example he went to France and actually commanded a bn on the Western Front She thought he should stay in France onger than he did and wait to be called home After about 9 mths he was tired of France and ready to rejoin the Government where he wasn t wanted As a sitting MP he was allowed to came home but wasn t as readily accepted as he thought he should be It took some months before he rejoined the government as Minister of ProductionDespite her being intimately involved in his political career they really didn t agree on politics One example the author cites is woman s suffrage She was a suffragette from an early age but he was adamantly opposed until forced to accept the reality When Labor overtook the Liberal Party as Britain s second major party and Winston returned to the Tory s their political views rarely agreed after that That didn t stop her from working on his behalf and she was a major factor in keeping him in officeAbout half the narrative concerns World War II One aspect that I found interesting was how Winston used her as a confidant and an advisor This is contrasted to FDR and Eleanor s relationship According to the author FDR told his wife almost nothing about the war and she really had no input on decisions concerning major strategic matters FDR is uoted as saying the he didn t tell Eleanor anything because it would be in her newspaper column the next day Clementine on the other was in attendance at major decision making conferences and Winston would bounce his thoughts off of her constantly It was said by many of his senior officials and generals that she was the only one how could reign in many of his wilder ideas and keep him somewhat grounded in reality An example of his trust in her is
THAT SHE KNEW OF OVERLORD ALMOST FROM THE FIRSTshe knew of Overlord almost from the first stages This is contrasted with FDR who told his wife the night before the D Day andingsIn addition to their public A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL's Most Ruthless Agent life s successes and failures being well illustrated their privateives are also #explored this includes their problems with their children # This includes their problems with their children son disappointed them with his behavior and caused them many major embarrassments When his marriage broke down they remained extremely close to their daughter in My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA law Pamela So close that they used her as an informal intelligence agent It seems she slept through most of the American high command and diplomatic staff and gleaned valuable information on US attitudes and intentions from her exploits To say their son wasn t happy in an understatement Two of their three daughters also had major problems throughout theirive and also caused them some embarrassmentTheir The Book of Leviathan living arrangements were also not typical They both had their own rooms and interests and except at meal times were rarely in the same room at the same time Also they often took separate vacations Ms Purnell says Clementine needed the time apart to recuperate and regain her strength The author calculated that perhaps they spent only 20% of their marriedives in each other s company All in all this is an excellent Nine Ghosts look at one of histories greatly undervalued and under known figures Winston Churchill definitely wouldn t have achieved his greatness without her This is a solid 4 star read and I highly recommend this There s a point where you re reading a biography that you don tike and can t figure out whether it s the author or the subject that is annoying you The author kept telling me Mrs Churchill was a fabulous witty character but then never gave me an example of her wit Most of the direct uotes are from Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia letters between her and her husband where she s nagging him about something Mrs Churchill comes across as angry and brittle The type of woman who gets annoyed at her husband so spends an extra month on ski holiday in the Alps to spite him She comes across as unpleasant without being really interesting But maybe it s just the author Review included in a group review of my reading from fallwinter on my blog just scroll down a bit. Nston 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 fascinatingook inside their private world. Mentine was one of the few people in Churchill s circle who Was Unafraid To Confront unafraid to confront There were freuent oud argumentsShe did support him on his general ideas so during the Second World WarThey had five children one daughter Marigold died at just over two and a half years of age They were not good parents being freuently absent and subjecting their children to a never ending rotation of guardians and teachers who sometimes uit because of the irascibility of the children andor the The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) low salary Their son Randolph was an absolute cad and grew up to be a drunkard There were freuentoud scenes when Randolph was present Only their Riding Hard last born daughter Mary was stableikely because she only had one enduring governess while growing up The author makes some comparisons between the Churchill and Roosevelt families Both offspring had innumerable divorces and absentee parentsAnd ike the Roosevelts Clementine and
Winston were freuently apart each taking independent trips sometimes for severalwere freuently apart each taking independent trips sometimes for several at a time Most of these trips were without their childrenThis biography certainly emphasizes the personal which I ike There is a chapter entitled Operation Seduction USA which shows how Churchills daughter Sarah was involved with Gil Winant the newly appointed US ambassador both were married at the time Their daughter in aw Pamela married to their son Randolph was openly carrying on an affair with Averill Harriman the US end Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students lease representative in London Likely the Churchills felt sorry for Pamela in her tempestuous marriage with their sonThe Churchill s marriageasted due to Clementine s resilience to Winston and their ILLERAMMA Kathalu love for each other They exchanged thousands ofetters to each over the years This book covers a tumultuous inner and outer history Unlike her American counterpart Eleanor Roosevelt Clementine Churchill has received relatively American Literature Student Text little recognition or approbation from history Eleanor is heralded as one of the great women of the century in her own right indeed sheived such a separate Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance life from her eually famous husband Franklin Roosevelt that her role as a wife is very much theeast of the hats she wore In contrast whatever fame or recognition Clementine has earned over the years her name is always coupled with that of Winston never independentlyAnd that is probably the way Clementine would have wanted it as Sonia Purnell portrays in this admirable biography Winston Churchill was Clementine s first second and third priorities one of her daughters once commented only half humorously And he was than enough to take up anyone s attention History has remembered Churchill as such a colossal figure that it is than refreshing to take a peek behind the curtain through these pages to see the insecure needy often infantile and demanding man that he was in private It only serves to humanise him and make him if not always a sympathetic figure than a understandable oneWhilst this is Clementine s biography it would be impossible to tell her story apart from Winston s He was her whole world She was always convinced of Winston s destiny of greatness perhaps even than he was and that he attained the highest peaks of political The Battle of Maldon and Other Old English Poems life that he came back from political exile after the Dardanelles disaster and his wilderness years that he sustained his own and the country s vigour and morale throughout the hard years of war that he bore the weight of the European war on his shoulders before America s entry can in no small measure be ascribed to the emotional comfort support and than occasional scolding he received from his wife Winston and Clementine Churchill epitomise the truth of the old adage behind every great man is a great woman It is highly unlikely that Churchill could have achieved half of what he did without Clementine and considering how history has remembered that is high praise indeed That she managed Churchill in a way that even his political colleagues and subordinates recognised at the same time as playing her own public role visiting hospitals shelters canteens raising funds for appeals playing hostess for major political and military figures and many wartime activities that I onlyearned about for the first time reading this book one can only be grateful for Britain had not one but two Churchill s during her darkest hour Barely had time to isten to the audiobook I definitely don t have time for a uality review right now However the book was great I m always fascinated at hearing about great women s foibles Maybe that s the deviant in me but I ike seeing the dichotomy of greatness and failure It s nice to see that even the greats weren t the perfects which is encouraging to me Clementine was an excellent wife to Winston but not a great mother This was a great overdue biography Ms Purnell has written a fascinating Black Wings of Cthulhu look at the wife of probably the 20th Century s greatest citizen of Great Britain and maybe it s greatest prime minister The author had the advantage of thousands ofetters and notes passed between them over the course of their Girl on the Verge lives and it allowed her to paint a very complete picture of both their personal and public relationship To say Winston was a difficult man toive with is an understatement Yet in over 60 yrs of marriage there was very ittle hint of scandal or other people intruding into their marriage It see. 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 effortBorn into impecunious aristocracy the young Clementine was the target of cruel snobbery Many wondered why Wi. .