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The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History

The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History

作者 : Boris Johnson

出版社 : HODDER & STOUGHTON LIMTED

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第二次大戰成就了邱吉爾,邱吉爾則成就了現代史。邱吉爾的大小傳記不計其數,這本由前任倫敦市長,現任英國國會議員,與邱吉爾同樣都是記者出身的Boris Johnson撰寫,政治人寫政治家,讀來饒富趣味,深意綿長。

在作者筆下的邱吉爾,是一位「帶著讓人陶醉的波希米亞風格的進步分子。」雄辯高手、性情出格不守常規、大嘴巴常常得罪人、卻又智慧詼諧幽默、勇敢果決,以他那個時代的標準,可能政治上都不正確;但是每當國家需要他,他義不容辭,挽救國家於危難,也改變了世界。前無古人,後無來者。

事後諸葛看他五十多年前的決定,包括讓美國進入第二次世界大戰,醫療保健、社會福利制度、失業救濟金、最低維持生活的工資標準、一天工作兩次休息等政策,在當年都是創舉,顯示他是位先驅,這也是作者最為欽佩之處。當然作者也直言邱吉爾的缺失,包括他種族歧視的言論,對印度人、黑人和猶太人的看法,充滿偏頗,無法接受,如果現在的政客像他這樣直言,辭職與被網軍攻擊,是必然的。

20世紀偉大自由主義思想家Isaiah Berlin評價邱吉爾為「我們時代最偉大的人。」2015年是邱吉爾逝世五十周年,這位影響歷史的現代英雄,究竟在英國是否還有現實意義?2014年英國一份調查顯示,英國廿歲以下的年輕人,百分之二十以為邱吉爾是一位虛構人物,誤為是電視廣告中某保險公司那條名叫邱吉爾的點頭狗。

'He writes with gusto... the result is a book that is never boring, genuinely clever ... this book sizzles.' The Times

'The must-read biography of the year.' Evening Standard

'The point of the Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference.'

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays - with characteristic wit and passion-a man of multiple contradictions, contagious bravery, breath-taking eloquence, matchless strategizing, and deep humanity.

Fearless on the battlefield, Churchill had to be ordered by the King to stay out of action on D-Day; he pioneered aerial bombing, yet hated the destruction of war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors. He was a celebrated journalist, a great orator and won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was famous for his ability to combine wining and dining with many late nights of crucial wartime decision-making. His open-mindedness made him a pioneer in health care, education, and social welfare, though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect.

Most of all, as Boris Johnson says, 'Churchill is the resounding human rebuttal to all who think history is the story of vast and impersonal economic forces'. THE CHURCHILL FACTOR is a book to be enjoyed not only by anyone interested in history: it is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what makes a great leader.
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