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In Command of History

By Robert Pearce | Published in 2005 
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Robert Pearce reviews a new title by David Reynolds which looks at how Churchill shaped his own reputation through the writing of his memoirs.
In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War
David Reynolds
Allen Lane  xxvi + 646pp  £30   
ISBN 0-713-99819-9

Defeat in the 1945 general election shocked Winston Churchill, and the size of Labour's majority seemed a personal disgrace. When his wife ventured that it might be a blessing in disguise, he replied, with remarkable self-control, that it ‘seemed quite effectively disguised’. Yet Clementine was correct, for now Churchill had the time to produce The Second World War, his monumental account in six volumes and two million words of the conflict still in progress when Attlee replaced him in Downing Street.

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