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Winston and Clementine: The Personal Letters of the Churchills

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Title: Winston and Clementine: The Personal Letters of the Churchills
Author: Churchill, Winston S
ISBN: 9780395963197
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 1999
Binding: Regular Hardback
Language: English
Publisher Description:
Winston and Clementine Churchill wrote to each other constantly throughout the fifty-seven years on their life together, from the passionate and charming exchanges of their courtship and early marriage to the year before Winston's death in 1965. Written solely for each other's eyes, spontaneously and with great candor, their letters provide rare and revealing insights into both the great political and social events of a turbulent century and the intimate world of an extraordinary partnership. Here are Winston's and Clementine's vividly expressed reactions to the social reforms of the era, the harrowing experience in the trenches of the western front, the personalities of world leaders, the early defeats and the long-awaited victories of the Second World War. In moving detail we hear of Churchill's dramatic career and his final, deeply felt reflections on the fading of his enormous powers. Here also are domestic minutiae, society gossip, financial anxieties and minor quarrels, private jokes and endearments. To read these letters is to view the grand sweep of history reflected in the daily triumphs and tragedies of two allies in love, politics, and life. Mary Soames, the only surviving child of this remarkable couple, has brought her parents to life as no biography could.