Oblivion or Glory: 1921 and the Making of Winston Churchill

by David Stafford


Oblivion or Glory: 1921 and the Making of Winston Churchill | 9780300254969 | David Stafford

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Format:Paperback / softback

Published:05/01/2021 by Yale University Press


An engaging and original account of 1921, a pivotal year for Churchill that had a lasting impact on his political and personal legacy

“Important . . . Its power lies in a vivid re-creation not only of Churchill’s public roles but also his private life-of good fortune but also family tragedy.”-Paul Bew, Wall Street Journal

After the tragic consequences of his involvement in the catastrophic Dardanelles Campaign of World War I, Churchill’s political career seemed over. He was widely regarded as little more than a bombastic and unpredictable buccaneer until, in 1921, an unexpected inheritance heralded a series of events that laid the foundations for his future success.

Renowned Churchill scholar David Stafford delves into the statesman’s life in 1921, the year in which his political career revived. From his political negotiations in the Anglo-Irish treaty that created the Irish Free State to his tumultuous relationship with his “wild cousin” Clare Sheridan, sculptor of Lenin and subject of an MI5 investigation, this broad account explores the nuances of Churchill’s private and public lives. This is an engaging portrait of this overlooked yet pivotal year in the great man’s life.

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