Further reading

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Here are some further reading suggestions, covering a range of interpretations:



  •  Andrew Roberts, Churchill: Walking with Destiny (2018)

  •  Richard Toye, Churchill’s Empire: The World That Made Him and the World He Made (2010)

  • Madhusree Mukerjee, Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II (2013)

  • William Manchester, The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill. (1989)

  •  Robert Rhodes James, Churchill, A Study in Failure, 1900-1939 (1973)

  •  Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Churchill’s Shadow: The Life and Afterlife of Winston Churchill (2021)


You can also read our blog posts that summarise the cases for and against Winston Churchill.



  •  Robert Tucker, Stalin in Power (1990)

  •  Isaac Deutscher, Stalin: A Political Biography (1949)

  • O Figes, The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia (2007)

  • S S Montefiore Stalin, The Court of the Red Tsar (2003)

  • Sheila Fitzpatrick, Stalin’s Peasants (1994)

  • Sheila Fitzpatrick, Education and Social Mobility in the Soviet Union 1921-1934 (1979)

  • D. Filtzer, Soviet Workers and Stalinist Industrialization (1986)

  • Stephen Kotkin, Magnetic Mountain (1995)



You can also read our blog posts offering a range of perspectives on Stalin, here and here.