Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill

Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill Review

“Just when you think there can be nothing fresh to be said about the long life of Winston Churchill, along comes biographer Michael Shelden’s page-turner about Churchill from age twenty-six to forty” (The Washington Times).

Between his rise and his fall, young Winston Churchill built a modern navy, experimented with radical social reforms, survived various threats on his life, made powerful enemies and a few good friends, became a husband and father, took the measure of the German military machine, and faced deadly artillery barrages on the Western front. Along the way, he learned how to outwit more experienced rivals, overcome bureaucratic obstacles, question the assumptions of his upbringing, value loyalty—and how to fall in love. In Young Titan, historian Michael Shelden gives us a portrait of Churchill as the dashing young suitor who pursued three great beauties of British society with his witty repartee, political flair, and poetic letters. This is the first biography that focuses on Churchill’s early career—the years between 1901 and 1915 that both nearly undid him but also forged the character that would later triumph in the Second World War.

Title:Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill
Edition Language:English

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  • Caroline

    I am probably one of the few people in the world who has not read a book about Churchill. I am not interested in reading about politics and I am not interested in reading about war, ergo Churchill has...

  • TR Peterson

    When many think of Winston Churchill, it is undoubtedly as the elder statesman with the jowly, bulldog face and steely determination to stand alone against the Nazis. In Shelden's Young Titan: The Mak...

  • Adam Yoshida

    This is the tenth Winston Churchill biography that I've read and, in my opinion, one of the best. Over the last year I've gotten into "specialist" Churchill biographies - "Mr. Churchill's Profession" ...

  • Janine Urban

    I must confess that I am not an avid Churchill reader; my book interests tend to run the gamut too much to stick to one person or thing. But I still find him to be a fascinating character, hardly a du...

  • Caroline

    Churchill was a man who had not one but two political lives, and given that his second encompassed the Second World War it's hardly a surprise that in any biography the bulk of the attention is paid t...

  • Erez Davidi

    I have already read a few biographies of Churchill which were, for the most part, fairly good. However, I always felt that they skimmed through Churchill's youth and, naturally, focused on him during ...

  • Jennifer

    Serviceable biography of Winston Churchill's political rise and fall as a young man. The smooth writing and delightful anecdotes caused it to shine at times, but it also got bogged down in unnecessary...

  • Ben

    The Young Titan deals with Churchill as a young man, fresh on Britain's political and social scenes. He immediately makes his mark in Parliament as brilliant and intelligent, a forceful orator, a "com...

  • Peter

    I thought this was a very interesting book which gave an insight of the experiences which lead to the formation of his personality. He had an incredible command of the English language and a memory to...

  • Rick

    A very well written history of Churchill's early political career. A meteoric rise and shocking collapse after he is scapegoated for the failed attempt to invade Turkey in World War I . The book is re...