The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History

Penguin, 13 2014 - 384
From Londons inimitable mayor, Boris Johnson, the story of how Churchills eccentric genius shaped not only his world but our own.

On the fiftieth anniversary of Churchills death, Boris Johnson celebrates the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrayswith characteristic wit and passiona man of contagious bravery, breathtaking eloquence, matchless strategizing, and deep humanity.

Fearless on the battlefield, Churchill had to be ordered by the king to stay out of action on D-Day; he pioneered aerial bombing and few could match his experience in organizing violence on a colossal scale, yet he hated war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors. He was the most famous journalist of his time and perhaps the greatest orator of all time, despite a lisp and chronic depression he kept at bay by painting. His maneuvering positioned America for entry into World War II, even as it ushered in Englands post-war decline. His openmindedness made him a trailblazer in health care, education, and social welfare, though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect. Most of all, he was a rebuttal to the idea that history is the story of vast and impersonal forces; he is proof that one personintrepid, ingenious, determinedcan make all the difference.

A Dog Called Churchill
The Offer from Hitler
The NonChurchill Universe
Rogue Elephant
The Randolph Factor
No Act Too Daring or Too Noble
The Great Dictator
He Mobilised the English Language
No Glory in Slaughter
The Ships That Walked
The 100Horsepower Mental Engine
Playing Roulette with History
An Icy Ruthlessness
The Wooing of America
The Cold War and How He Won
Maker of the Modern Middle East

A Proper Human Heart
My Darling Clementine
The Making of John Bull
The Most Advanced Politician of the Time
The Churchill Factor



Boris Johnson is the very popular and internationally known Mayor of London. Educated at Oxford, he began his career as a journalist, writing for the Times and the Telegraph (for whom he still contributes a regular column), and working his way up to editor of the Spectator. He is the author of Johnsons Life of London (Riverhead, 2012) and The Churchill Factor (Riverhead, 2014). He was elected to the House of Commons in 2001 and served there until he was elected Mayor in 2008. Johnson is a regular on British television and radio. He lives in London with his wife and four children.