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Churchill & Son

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The intimate, untold story of Winston Churchill’s enduring yet volatile bond with his only son, Randolph.


We think we know Winston Churchill: the bulldog grimace, the wit and wisdom that led Great Britain through the Second World War. But away fom the House of Commons and the Cabinet War Rooms, Churchill was a loving family man who doted on his children, especially on Randolph, Winston’s anointed heir to the Churchill legacy.

Although Randolph was born in his father’s shadow, Winston, who had been neglected by his own parents, was determined to see him go far. For decades, father and son were inseparable–dining with Britain’s elite, gossiping and swilling Champagne at high society parties, holidaying on the French Riviera, touring Prohibition-era America. Randolph worshipped his father and Winston obsessed over his son’s future. But their love was complex, complicated by money, class, and privilege, shaded with ambition, expectations, resentments, and failures.

Deeply researched and magnificently written, Churchill & Son is a revealing and surprising portrait of one of history’s most celebrated figures.


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