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Think for a moment of our first ladies. Who among them, with the exceptions of Dolly Madison and Eleanor Roosevelt, really make good biographies? And even these two, minus their husbands, might never have had a whole book to themselves. That's how it is with Lady Churchill. Without the redoubtable Winston, she would probably never have had a whole book to herself. He is undoubtedly most fortunate in his wife-- yet Mr. Fishman has not been able (as perhaps any man wouldn't be) to capture the essence of what it takes to be a great man's wife. All of the important events in her life are dated by his achievements and this gives the sensation of having read it all before, for this is in no sense an intimate biography. The children are all here, probably as she likes them best, with no slur of the notoriety that growing up in the spotlight seems to bring to the children of the great. She is and was (and stands revealed here) a charming second to a fighter whose life in his own time is a well documented part of the public record -- and budgeted funds must be spent with this in mind. The introduction was provided by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Pub Date: June 19th, 1963
Publisher: McKay