Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6⅜ x 9¼
978-0-7425-2104-9 • Hardback • May 2002 • $75.00 • (£58.00)
Algis Valiunas earned his Ph.D. in Social Thought from the University of Chicago. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews on a wide range of topics including literature, art, music, philosophy, history, and politics.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Imperial Wars
Chapter 3 The World Crisis
Chapter 4 Marlborough: His Life and Times
Chapter 5 A History of the English Speaking Peoples
Chapter 6 The Second World War
Chapter 7 Conclusion
Chapter 8 Appendix A: Biographical Summary
Chapter 9 Appendix B: History during Churchill's Lifetime
Algis Valiunas's book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Winston Churchill. Though many have written about Churchill's books, few have penetrated his intention in writing them. Valiunas offers a new and discerning picture of Churchill's military histories, showing how they reveal the statesman's remarkable grasp of politics and war.
— James W. Muller, The Churchill Center
The sources and depth of Churchill's genius as a stateman are in plain view in his classic histories that range widely across the span of centuries. Algis Valiunas does a great service to our time by recalling attention to these masterpieces that are otherwise being forgotten as Churchill recedes from memory. Valiunas's supple treatment of Churchill's classics remind us of their timeless character, and offers important lessons for our new century.
— Steven F. Hayward, University of California, Berkely
Winston Churchill was the greatest statesman of the twentieth century. As Algis Valiunas reminds us in this fine, ground-breaking book, he was also among its greatest and most perceptive historians.
— Paul A. Rahe, Hillsdale College
A valuable book about Churchill's literary achievement. An excellent inroduction to the great man's moving and detailed accounts of wars ranging from the Norman Conquest to World War II.
— National Review
Digging beneath Churchill's rolling prose, Valiunas shows us a first-class mind pondering the lessons that warfare teaches. With Churchill's Military Histories, Algis Valiunas shows that we cannot grasp Churchill the historical figure without an understanding of Churchill the historian.
— The Weekly Standard
Winston Churchill, man of action, was also an historian of an uncommon sort today—a teacher. In fine words of his own Algis Valiunas describes Churchill's rhetoric as he taught democratic societies truths about war that they do not easily appreciate but need to know.
— Harvey C. Mansfield, Harvard University
Both a relic of the past era and a spokesman to this one.
— The New York Times
[Valiunas] writes in a fluid and eloquent style. His prose is clear and understandable. For anyone interested in the facts about Churchill's literary life, he or she can get a pretty good survey from the Valiunas book.
— Ernest Teagarden, emeritus, Dakota State University; H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online