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Our Winston Churchill obsession

Geoffrey Wheatcroft considers why the world is still so fixated with Britain’s wartime leader more than half a century after his death

Published: March 23, 2022 at 12:41 pm
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Winston Churchill looms large in the modern imagination. Everyone from Fidel Castro to George W Bush have cited him as an exemplar in times of crisis. Historian Geoffrey Wheatcroft talks to Spencer Mizen about the world’s fixation with the wartime leader, arguing that this obsession is neither healthy, nor necessarily merited.


Geoffrey Wheatcroft is the author of Churchill’s Shadow: An Astonishing Life and a Dangerous Legacy (Vintage, 2021)


Spencer MizenProduction Editor, BBC History Magazine

Spencer is production editor of BBC History Magazine


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