March 25, 2009


One of the most frequently studied British political figures, Winston Churchill is rarely considered strictly through the framework of his military leadership. D'Este uses archival materials from the family of Lord Marlborough to illustrate the childhood lifestyle and military ambitions of Churchill. He explores the strategies that Churchill employed during major military campaigns in World War I and World War II, some of which brought him tremendous success and others of which brought disastrous failures. He characterizes the relationships that Churchill had with the Generals who served him as Prime Minister as well as with other Allied commanders such as Dwight D. Eisenhower. This is a fascinating read that provides a personal example of the overlap between political and military leadership during wartime.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945
Carlo D'Este
DA 566.9 .C5 D47 2008