Churchill has been voted as the greatest Briton ever in online polls, based on his role in leading British resistance to the Nazis in World War Two. However, he has also received criticism for his attitudes to race and his resistance to giving India independence. Perhaps because of his fame he has become the focal point in a culture war about how we remember the past, which can obscure his actual record. This programme puts the focus back on the man – his character, actions and words, and will help you form your own opinion.
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)