Coming Soon to a Bookstore Near You: Churchill and the Dardanelles
I began my previous book, Churchill and Sea Power, by explaining why I had chosen to publish a new work about Winston Churchill, surely one of the most studied historical figures of the twentieth century. Four years later, I find myself in the curious position of having written another volume about Churchill, and on a topic that I had already addressed in the earlier book.
VII. Moving On
Churchill and Sea Power has provided me with one other new experience of the publishing world: being remaindered! The publishing world is moving on, and it’s time for me to do the same. I’m not done with Churchill, though. The last two years have been spent tying up many of the loose ends from Churchill and Sea Power .
Book reviews are pretty much always a disappointment. No matter how positive the reviewer is, it’s hard not to wish they had lavished even more praise on the book than they did. And even when a review is very positive, the pleasure in reading it can still be diminished when the author doesn’t seem to appreciate what the book is actually about. It’s surprising how often that happens, even in academic journals. Still, a positive-but-misinformed review is generally preferable, in my opinion, to a bad review of any kind! It’s been extremely gratifying to see that the response to Churchill and Sea Power has been very positive.
One of the unexpected pleasures of the conference was acquiring a copy of a new book by Rhys Crawley, Climax at Gallipoli: The Failure of the August Offensive, published in 2014 by the University of Oklahoma Press. This is a book I might have missed in the normal course of things, but I’m glad I didn’t.
The Navy Records Society does it again
The Navy Records Society has been publishing high-quality collections of naval documents since 1893. I’ve just received a copy of its latest volume, The Naval Route to the Abyss , and could not help but be impressed. Or perhaps I should say, “more impressed than usual”.
Read an excerpt from 'Churchill & Sea Power'
Winston Churchill enjoyed a longer and closer relationship with the Royal Navy than any British politician of the twentieth century. In 1911, at the relatively young age of thirty-six, Churchill was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty, the political head of the British navy. He threw himself into the task of preparing the service for war, and presided over its fortunes until May 1915, when a political crisis, partly of his own making, drove him from office in disgrace