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Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston…

Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill

by Sonia Purnell

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Interesting read. Well researched. I learned much about this intriguing woman of history, especially her importance behind the scenes during WW11 ( )
  Parkerpal | Aug 14, 2017 |
Very dry book of a very self-absorbed family! ( )
  yukon92 | Jul 16, 2017 |
A fascinating biography of Clementine Churchill, an unknown, unappreciated woman who nevertheless played a pivotal role in world history - well worth reading ( )
  PennyMck | May 24, 2017 |
The story of Clementine is the story of Winston Churchill and of Britain.

Clementine lived an upper class, but rather unconventional childhood, with a mother known for her many lovers and Clementine's paternity somewhat in doubt. She married Winston Churchill in 1908. He was already a well known political icon, ten years her senior.

The subtitle of the book :”The Life of Mrs Winston Churchill” is most apt. Clementine Churchill stayed in the background of Winston's political career. Clementine made her opinions known to Winston (they argued over women's suffrage in the early years, a proposal that Winston vehemently opposed.) Unlike her contemporary and counterpart Eleanor Roosevelt, Clementine was the helpmate, furthering politcal ties for Winston with social events, and often offering the wisdom of empathy, which Winston seemed to lack. She engaged in helping in the homefront in both World Wars as well as spearheading help for an impoverished Russia before the iron curtain slammed down.

She was a complicated person. As Winston wrestled his Black Dog of depression, Clementine also wrestled at times with 'nervous conditions'. A loving mother, she often was away from her children for quite extended amounts of time until a family tragedy jolted her back to motherhood.

I learned a lot about Clementine's life and the life of British upper class at the time. I learned more about Winston Churchill and British history. A worthwhile read. ( )
  streamsong | Apr 2, 2017 |
I do not believe I am speaking out of turn when I say that the author's stated goal in writing this book was for Clementine Churchill to be given her time out of Winston Churchill's shadow. I guess she accomplished that but this is what I learned about Clementine from reading this book: she was a martyr who relished the role as such and that she was a horrific mother. Winston has the reputation of being a lion of a leader but this book portrays him as being demanding and self-centered while at the same time being unable to function without his wife. The fact that the pair of them were willing to whore out one daughter and their only daughter-in-law to American men they thought could help secure American backing for the British war effort was all I really needed to know. This book was overly long because it was needlessly repetitious: Winston does whatever he wants putting his family's well-being in peril, Clementine frets but does little to solve the problem, rinse and repeat. I was most happy to say cheerio to all of the people in this book and ta-ta to Clementine Churchill. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525429778, Hardcover)

A long-overdue tribute to the extraordinary woman behind Winston Churchill

By Winston Churchill’s own admission, victory in the Second World War would have been “impossible without her.” Until now, however, the only existing biography of Churchill’s wife, Clementine, was written by her daughter. Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine her due with a deeply researched account that tells her life story, revealing how she was instrumental in softening FDR’s initial dislike of her husband and paving the way for Britain’s close relationship with America. It also provides a surprising account of her relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt and their differing approaches to the war effort.

Born into impecunious aristocracy, the young Clementine was the target of cruel snobbery. Many wondered why Winston married her, but their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership. Beautiful and intelligent, but driven by her own insecurities, she made his career her mission. Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship, and Clementine is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world.

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A portrait of Winston Churchill's extraordinary wife and her lesser-known role in World War II discusses her relationship with political mentor Eleanor Roosevelt, her role in safeguarding Churchill's health throughout key historical events and her controversial family priorities.… (more)

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