I have a lot to thank the BBC for it has led me to a lot of fine television. A few months ago it introduced me to my new favorite show The House Of Cards, a political satire/thriller featuring the most cutthroat of politicians the fictional Francis Urquhart. The show was a based off of a set of novels by Michael Dobbs. Michael was at one point an adviser for Margret Thatcher and after a particularly harsh day he sat down to write and blow off steam which all centered around a message from his main character’s initials F.U. Unfortunately I have not been able to get my hands on The House of Cards novels. I did research the author further and found another book of his Winston’s War.
This book is filled to the brim with conspiracy, treachery, cigars and brandy. You are really brought into the trials of Churchill as he stormed his way through the system and was thrown into political exile for his steadfast belief that Britain had to go to war with Hitler. By no means is this a light read, it is as thick as the man himself and equally as fascinating. If you enjoy politics, conspiracy, the witticisms of Churchill or studying history, you need to read this book.
Michael Dobbs also starts this book with a very lovely disclaimer.
“This is unashamedly a novel, not a work of history. Yet if it inspires its readers to dig more deeply into the events and personalities of that extraordinary time, and to decide for themselves not only what happened but why things happened, then both the truth and Mr. Churchill will have been well served.”
After finishing this book I then went on to read a few WWII nonfiction books, which by Mr. Dobbs standards means the book serves the truth and Mr. Churchill very well indeed.
Winston’s War: A Novel of Conspiracy
by Michael Dobbs
published by HarperCollins Publishers