Winston Churchill and the British Empire Revisited

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

6:30 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

Geoffrey Wheatcroft in conversation with Simon Winchester; attend in person in the Elebash Recital Hall or online via Zoom.

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Book Cover: "Churchill's Shadow" but Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s new biography, Churchill’s Shadow: The Life and Afterlife of Winston Churchill, separates the man from the myth and scrutinizes his legacy on both sides of the Atlantic. The New York Times Book Review called it “the best single-volume indictment of Churchill yet published.”

Wheatcroft is the author of The Randlords, the story of the South African mining magnates and their legacy, which appeared in 1985. In 1989 he published Absent Friends, a collection of biographical sketches, and in 1996 The Controversy of Zion, a study of Zionism and its effect on the Jewish people, which won an American National Jewish Book Award. His book Le Tour: A History of the Tour de France 1903-2003, published in 2003, was for several weeks at the head of the sports book bestseller list and was short-listed for an NSC Sports Book Prize. His next book The Strange Death of Tory England , which came out in England in 2005, was short-listed for the Channel 4 News Political Book Prize, and was followed by Yo, Blair! in the spring of 2007. 

Simon Winchester will moderate this conversation. Winchester is the New York Times best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman. His recent titles include The Perfectionists, Atlantic, The Men Who United the States and Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World. Winchester was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to journalism and literature. He lives in Massachusetts and New York City.

​This is a hybrid event. Participants can choose to attend in person in the Elebash Recital Hall or online via Zoom. Please register in advance to attend.


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