Letters for the Ages Winston Churchill: The Private and Personal Letters (Hardcover)

Letters for the Ages Winston Churchill: The Private and Personal Letters By Sir Winston S. Churchill, Michael Dobbs (Foreword by), James Drake (Editor), Allen Packwood (Editor) Cover Image
By Sir Winston S. Churchill, Michael Dobbs (Foreword by), James Drake (Editor), Allen Packwood (Editor)
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Here are some of the best of Churchill's letters, many of a more personal nature, written to a wide range of people, including his schoolmaster, his American grandmother and former President Eisenhower.

Letters for the Ages concentrates on the more intimate words of Winston Churchill, seeking to show the private man behind the public figure and shine fresh light on Churchill's character and personality by capturing the drama, immediacy, storms, depressions, passions and challenges of his extraordinary career. These letters take us into his world and allow us to follow the changes in his motivations and beliefs as he navigates his 90 years. There are intimate letters to his parents, his teacher at Harrow, his wife Clementine, Prime Minister Asquith, Anthony Eden, President Roosevelt, Eamon De Valera and Charles De Gaulle.

The letters are presented in chronological order, with a preface to each explaining the context, and they are accompanied throughout by facsimiles of said letters and photographs, offering the reader a sense of Churchill in his most private moments.

About the Author


Sir Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on two occasions, from 1940-1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Celebrated as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, he was also a gifted orator, statesman and historian. The author of more than 40 books, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 and in 1963 was made an honorary citizen of the United States.

Michael Dobbs is a former Washington Post Foreign Correspondent and author of the critically acclaimed One Minute to Midnight, recognised as one of the best ever books on the Cuban Missile Crisis.

James Drake is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Founder at Of Lost Time, an innovative literary unit which uncovers the hidden stories of the past through the power of personal correspondence. When James is not trawling through historical letters, he is seeking to improve the health and welfare of people impacted by head injuries through his Drake Foundation, and supporting the next generation of exceptional musicians through his Drake Calleja Trust.

Allen Packwood is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge and the Director of the Churchill Archives Centre. He co-curated Churchill and the Great Republic, a Library of Congress exhibition (2004), as well as an exhibition at the Morgan Library. He has written extensively on the life of Winston Churchill.

Praise For…


“...a valuable contribution to ever-popular Churchill history... [provides] an unvarnished view of Churchill through personal correspondence between the man and family, friends, and contemporaries.” —Booklist

“An edifying peek at what “Winny” wrote behind the scenes…A treasure trove of Churchill's correspondence.” —Washington Independent Review of Books

A must have for the serious Churchill aficionado and anyone interested in gaining a fuller understanding of the great man.” —The Churchillian

“An introduction to the private and personal Churchill that often gets lost in the larger works of history and biography.” —New York Journal of Books

“[contains some of the] best letters from Churchill to family, friends and fellow politicians.” —Seattle Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781399408172
ISBN-10: 1399408178
Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Letters for the Ages