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Winston Churchill

A Life in the News

Richard Toye

25 November 2021

ISBN: 9780192896230

400 pages
Paperback
216x138mm

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Price: £14.99

A books which traces Churchill's life in the news from cradle to grave, showing how tensions between tradition and novelty played into his constantly evolving media image.

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A books which traces Churchill's life in the news from cradle to grave, showing how tensions between tradition and novelty played into his constantly evolving media image.

  • Traces Churchill's life in the news from cradle to grave, showing how tensions between tradition and novelty played into his constantly evolving media image
  • Drawing on a massive amount of media coverage of Churchill, much of it previously forgotten, and explores ordinary people's reactions to news coverage of Churchill
  • A tale of tight deadlines, off-the-record briefings and smoke-filled newsrooms, of wartime summits that were turned into stage-managed global media events
  • A story of rapidly changing technology, in which the telegraph, the telephone, radio, newsreel and (to a lesser extent) television all played their parts
  • Dealing with themes of censorship and propaganda, the book is of compelling relevance in the era of 'fake news'

About the Author(s)

Richard Toye, Professor of Modern History, University of Exeter

Richard Toye is Professor of Modern History at the University of Exeter. He previously worked at the University of Cambridge. He has written widely on modern British and international political and economic history. His critically acclaimed book Lloyd George and Churchill: Rivals for Greatness won him the 2007 Times Higher Young Academic Author of the Year Award. He lives in Exeter with his wife and two sons.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:A Pushing Age
    2:Stage Thunder
    3:Any Home News?
    4:Hell with the Lid Off
    5:Born to Trouble
    6:'Worse than the Nazis'
    7:'The War is not Fought to Amuse the Newspapers'
    8:Whose Finger?
    Conclusion

Reviews

"Winston Churchill - A Life in the News is also the story of a rapidly evolving media and news culture in the first half of the twentieth century, and of what the contemporary reporting of Churchill's life (including by himself) can tell us about the development of this culture, over a period spanning from the Victorian era through to the space age." - Cosmopolis

"Review from previous edition [An] original study ... Toye is surely correct in seeing the journalism as central to the career of a man whose life was dominated by the news he did much to create." - A.W. Purdue, Times Higher Education

"Winston Churchill: A Life in the News sheds a fresh light on one of the best-studied statesmen, exploring the "symbiotic relationship" between Churchill's political life, journalistic career, and media persona." - Stefan Goebel, Journal of British Studies

"In Churchill: A Life in the News we encounter both the bombastic and the deeply insecure sides to Churchill's complex personality. The book stands not only as a testament to the effects of the media on personal leadership styles, but it forces us to reflect on how the changing media environment affects the way we are governed. It is a timely reminder of the excesses and limitations of the press in the modern political age." - Professor Jo Fox, Institute of Historical Research

"Richard Toye once again brilliantly illuminates a critical side of Winston Churchill's complex life. This original, important, and highly-readable book is teeming with shrewd judgements and fresh insights. It is essential reading for anyone interested in Churchill's political career or modern news culture." - Christopher M. Bell, author of Churchill and the Dardanelles and Churchill and Sea Power

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