As the country navigates a national crisis once again, read how Britain's Prime Minister was inspired by Winston Churchill.
One man can make all the difference.
Now leader of the UK himself, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. Taking on the myths and misconceptions along with the outsized reality, he portrays - with characteristic wit and passion - a man of multiple contradictions, contagious bravery, breath-taking eloquence, matchless strategizing and deep humanity.
Fearless on the battlefield, Churchill had to be ordered by the King to stay out of action on D-Day; he embraced large-scale strategic bombing, yet hated the destruction of war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors. He was a celebrated journalist, a great orator and won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was famous for his ability to combine wining and dining with many late nights of crucial wartime decision-making. His open-mindedness made him a pioneer in healthcare, education and social welfare, though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect.
As Prime Minister Boris Johnson says, 'Churchill is the resounding human rebuttal to all who think history is the story of vast and impersonal economic forces'.
Published in association with Churchill Heritage, The Churchill Factor is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what makes a great leader in a time of crisis.
Boris Johnson is the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party. He has represented Uxbridge and South Ruislip as a Member of Parliament since 2015. He previously served as Foreign Secretary (2016-18), and was Mayor of London (2008-16) for two terms, most notably during the London Olympics. He was also MP for Henley-on-Thames (2001-2008). Johnson was born in 1964 and has had a long and colourful career as a journalist, most recently as a columnist for The Telegraph. He was the editor of The Spectator (1999-2005).
He is the author of many books, including the international bestseller The Churchill Factor, which was published in more than twenty countries. He lives in London.