tcfMy admiration for Winston Churchill is well documented in my posts here over the years. I have talked about visiting various Churchill-related sites and landmarks on my visits to London, a visit the Churchill Museum in Missouri, and the many books I have read on the man. Now comes a new book about Churchill, The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History by the charismatic mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

There are more books about Churchill than just about any other subject from the 20th century and I thought that maybe I was not up for reading another one. However, I was intrigued by how someone like Mayor Johnson would present his subject as a leading politician in the land that Churchill ruled and arguably saved. My curiosity paid off as Mr. Johnson does indeed present us with a view of the great man from his unique perspective.

About The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History by Boris Johnson: “From London’s inimitable mayor, Boris Johnson, the story of how Churchill’s eccentric genius shaped not only his world but our own. On the fiftieth anniversary of Churchill’s death, Boris Johnson celebrates 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 contagious bravery, breathtaking 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 and few could match his experience in organizing violence on a colossal scale, yet he hated war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors. He was the most famous journalist of his time and perhaps the greatest orator of all time, despite a lisp and chronic depression he kept at bay by painting. His maneuvering positioned America for entry into World War II, even as it ushered in England’s post-war decline.”

One of the most fascinating things about Churchill that comes out in this book, is how much he accomplished in his life. He managed to do all the things we know about – like being Prime Minister during World War II – and managed to publish scores of books and other treatises at the same time. Likewise, I am amazed that Mr. Johnson can run one of the world’s greatest cities in the world and still find the time to write a book like this – and I don’t seem to be able to find the time to change my sheets.

The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History by Boris Johnson is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.