Winston Spencer-Churchill is one of the most famous classic personalities in modern history. He is famous for being an army general, politician and writer. Sir Churchill was elected as Britain’s Prime Minister when he led the country successfully through the World War Two.
Churchill belonged to a British-American family. He joined the army, rising to Army General and later entered politics. When the war ended, he devoted his time to the arts, namely painting, writing and history. His writings were famous throughout the country and he was responsible for penning many historical events for the generations to come. His efforts earned him the 1953 Noble Award for Literature.
What are the Best Churchill Books to read?
Best Books on Churchill: Our Top 20 Picks
Understandably he has been a very popular topic for future writers to record his life and work in their writings. A complete narration of all the works is an exhaustive topic; however, books on this great personality are mentioned below:
1. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory 1874-1932
The Last Lion is a three part series based on the complete life of Sir Winston Churchill. This biography starts from right at the beginning, from his childhood and showing how he came to be amongst the greatest leaders of the world. It is detailed narration of how his personality shaped up.
The author has done complete justice to the literacy level of Churchill himself. The narration is quite compelling and keeps the reader engaged. The curiosity of how leaders are made is enough to spell-bound an interested reader.
Once readers read this first part, it is difficult to put it down. They are bound to go for the next volumes to know what happens next. The series is one of the best in the market on Churchill’s life.
- Authors: William Manchester (Author)
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st Edition (May 30, 1983)
- Pages: 992 pages
2. Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill
Generally most of the books and records of Sir Churchill cover his role in the World War II or his talents. However, this is one of those rare writings which cover his earlier military life.
He covered the Boer War as a journalist but was unfortunately captured as a prisoner. His life as a POW and his daring escape is what forms the main content of this volume. His escapade was nothing short of thrilling, covered perfectly in the author’s engaging words.
This book is a great recommendation for those who want to find out the lesser known events of a very popular historic figure. The events are aptly covered in the thrilling tale of war, escape and adventure.
- Authors: Candice Millard (Author)
- Publisher: Anchor; Illustrated Edition (May 30, 2017)
- Pages: 416 pages
3. Churchill: Walking with Destiny
Whilst many biographies on historical personalities focus on the events and the role of various people in shaping it, this one stands out for its different focus. The author has penned down Sir Winston’s own views and feelings for the major events of his life. It is truly a captivating biography.
The author was provided special access to Churchill’s historic records and diaries which enabled him to produce such a unique biography. It introduces readers to the actual person rather than being the common narration of the great leader. The feelings and thoughts humanise the series of events we all know all too well.
This book is specially recommended for those who prefer the human touch to their literature rather than a historic list of chronological events.
- Authors: Andrew Roberts (Author)
- Publisher: Viking; Illustrated Edition (November 6, 2018)
- Pages: 1152 pages
4. The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History
A highly unique record of the great life of Sir Churchill, this book combines real events and presents them mixed with amazing wit and life. A rare combination of dry history and fresh humour, it is an amazing read for book lovers.
This literature debunks several popular myths and misconceptions surrounding the great Winston Churchill. His role in World War Two and the life he led after has been penned in quite a refreshing tone. His contributions to politics, war, journalism, and social causes have all been elaborated in satisfying detail.
The humorous and fresh tone of the writing is what makes this book a must-have for history lovers. It brings home the fact that history is never boring!
- Authors: Boris Johnson (Author)
- Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint Edition (October 27, 2015)
- Pages: 400 pages
5. Churchill: A Life
The official biography of Sir Winston Churchill, this book is the main go-to writing which anyone with an interest in the great man’s life should go through. It has been compiled after years of attentive research and careful working. It is quite lengthy as it includes several details necessary to understand the life Churchill had.
The biography goes into interesting details of Sir Winston’s life, right from his youth. His childhood has been immortalised to give readers a good understanding of what shaped one of the greatest men we know in history.
As biographies go, even this volume may become boring for some readers. However, the full eventful and successful life of Sir Winston Churchill could not have been penned down better.
- Authors: Martin Gilbert (Author)
- Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; First U.S. edition. (October 15, 1992)
- Pages: 1088 pages
6. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
The last volume of this three part series is based on the events of the Second World War and its after-effects. It is the final book and shows the end of the great life he led. It portrays the human side of what readers had previously only known as a staunch statesman and a talented artist.
The book takes its readers through how Churchill dealt with being a Prime Minister at a very sensitive time for Britain. His stance on various political moves is narrated in detail. It is the perfect ending for the series.
This series is unique in the human touch it gives rather than a simple narration. It keeps the readers from putting the books down until they are done with the last line.
- Authors: Paul Reid (Author), William Manchester (Author)
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Illustrated Edition (November 6, 2012)
- Pages: 1183 pages
7. The Gathering Storm, 1948 (Winston S. Churchill The Second World Wa Book 1)
This is the first of a six volume series depicting the various stages of Churchill’s great life. The first volume portrays the events of the World War II and Sir Winston’s important role in resisting the Nazi infiltration.
The most interesting aspect of this literary work is the inclusion of authentic records of the events in Churchill’s own words. His letters and memoirs have been immortalised in this volume, giving a high level of interest and authenticity of the work.
This book is highly recommended to those who prefer reading authentic records of historic events in the people’s own words. It will definitely lead to interest in the complete six book series set.
- Authors: Winston S. Churchill (Author)
- Publisher: RosettaBooks (June 30, 2010)
- Pages: 750 pages
8. Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government
This book covers a challenging and major part of Churchill’s life, namely his political career. He had to make several tough calls and make many important decisions, all of which impacted the whole nation. His potential as a tough statesman is what covers the pages of this amazing volume.
Churchill faced three main challenges as a leader: Nazis, Soviet Communism and Britain’s socialism. How he faced these and rose above the challenges to make a mark upon the history pages is a fascinating story.
This book correctly portrays how fact is stranger than fiction. It shows us how Winston took important decisions in tough times which successfully led his country to a remarkable victory in the Second World War.
- Authors: Larry P. Arnn (Author)
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; BCE Edition (October 13, 2015)
- Pages: 416 pages
9. Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom
This book not only covers Churchill and his life’s struggles but also talks about a great personality who went through his own challenges around the same timeline i.e. George Orwell.
These men have had their tough shares in the political background of the two world wars. Both have had their lives endangered and survived through it, giving them a chance to leave a stronger legacy that they could if the unfortunate turn of events, Orwell being shot in the neck during wartime and Churchill being hit by a car, had claimed their lives earlier. Their triumphs and challenges have been portrayed for readers, which humanises these great men.
Instead of focusing solely on Winston Churchill, the added details of Orwell’s life captivate the true history fan.
- Authors: Thomas E. Ricks (Author)
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint Edition (May 23, 2017)
- Pages: 348 pages
There is no shortage of biographies of the great Sir Winston Churchill. This biography is one of the many written depicting the life he led, from childhood until his death. It is shorter than most similar volumes but in no way short of touching upon the important aspects.
The writer has very creatively managed to summarise the great life of Churchill, and covered all the important events, including his early military life, he political roles, his leadership through one of Britain’s most trying times and finally his devotion to arts and writing. The short and brisk nature of the biography keeps the reader engaged, without compromising on quality or content.
This is a good recommendation for students or busy professionals who have an interest in history and famous personalities.
- Authors: Paul Johnson (Author)
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Illustrated Edition (October 26, 2010)
- Pages: 192 pages
11. The Wit & Wisdom of Winston Churchill
This book is another of the many volumes that compile the famous sayings and speech of the great Winston Churchill. However this one is different in the fact that it lists them with context and topic for easy reference.
While most compilations are more of just information and entertainment, this book is useful for those working on the great leader’s life, be it as a student, a debater, for a speech or simple fact compilation. The organisation really helps the user navigate through it easily.
Churchill is famous for his wit and humour, not to mention his amazing flow of words. This books pays tribute to him in a unique and informative manner and helps the modern historian in their own workings.
- Authors: James C. Humes (Author), Richard M. Nixon (Foreword)
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Harper Perennia Edition (January 1, 1995)
- Pages: 256 pages
12. The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill (The Wicked Wit of series)
In the backdrop of the dark times, Winston Churchill was famous for having a steady and bold head on his shoulders. He survived through the tough times with his brilliant wit and famous humour.
This book complies several of his famous quotes, puns and sayings, which explore his witty and fresh side. Without many details or any historical facts, this book simply showcases the wicked humour Sir Churchill had and how he displayed it through his words.
For anyone looking for pure entertainment and genuine work of literary brilliance, this is a great recommendation. It is impossible to disappoint even those who are unaware of the life of Winston Churchill. It is short and crisp, never losing it firm grip on the reader’s attention.
- Authors: Dominique Enright (Author)
- Publisher: Michael O’Mara; Revised Edition (September 1, 2011)
- Pages: 160 pages
13. Churchill: The Power of Words
Compiled by Sir Churchill’s chosen biographer, this book compiles the great man’s own speeches and writings in the aptly named volume. It includes well-chosen speeches which lead the reader through his life’s events.
Winston Churchill was a man of words, and his writings are well-liked in the literary world. This book presents a fair tribute to the writer, whether through his famous speeches or his popular articles. They are presented in chronological order, leading the readers through a satisfying time lapse of his life.
This is a very interesting read for book-lovers who prefer having authentic sources for the information in history books. The beautiful net of words spun by Churchill himself is just the cherry on top of the very famous life-events.
- Authors: Winston Churchill (Author), Martin Gilbert (Editor)
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; Illustrated Edition (October 1, 2013)
- Pages: 536 pages
14. The World Crisis, 1911-1918
While most of the records on Sir Churchill focus on his role during the Second World War, many forget that he also had an impactful role during the First War. This books identifies and talks about just that, in the very own words of the great man himself.
Churchill’s leadership during the political unrest, the wartime, the famines and all, are portrayed very interestingly in this volume. The first-hand account of the lesser remembered war is a must-read for history lovers.
This book not only gives an interesting insight to the beginning of the twentieth century in all its details, but also exemplifies the true writing potential of the great statesman. Highly recommended for Churchill fans.
- Authors: Winston S. Churchill (Author), Martin Gilbert (Introduction)
- Publisher: Free Press; Reissue Edition (October 6, 2005)
- Pages: 880 pages
15. Memoirs of the Second World War
There is nothing like learning about history, than in the words of those who lived it. This book more that proves this fact. It is written by none other than Churchill himself.
Churchill saw first-hand how tragic the Second World War was. And he made it a point to pen down all the events, and his role and feelings throughout it, to ensure he recorded the important facts in history. The way he has immortalised the Second World War is as unique as the man himself.
For history loves and fans of Sir Winston, there are many books available that immortalise the life history of the great leader. However, this unique memoir beats them all due to its authenticity and the engaging words of a great writer, Sir Churchill himself.
- Authors: Winston S. Churchill (Author)
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; Reprint Edition (September 17, 1991)
- Pages: 1065 pages
16. No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money
Although Churchill belonged to a wealthy family, his own life was not as smoothly in terms of finance, as one would expect. Behind the strong, firm and empowering man, there was a life of financial troubles and smart planning to get through.
This is a unique book which focuses on one of the lesser known sides to Sir Winston’s story. It reveals some very private matters of his life that had been buried under the more famous larger than life persona.
The different topic it covers and the good writing style is a good attraction for those looking for unique books. It caters to history lovers who want to sketch complete pictures f their favourite classic personalities.
- Authors: David Lough (Author)
- Publisher: Head of Zeus (June 1, 2016)
- Pages: 528 pages
17. Churchill By Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations
Sir Winston Churchill was a true man of words. His writings and published works eventually led him to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. His wit and humour are famous amongst the classic books.
This book compiles some of his most famous sayings and words. It is merely a list, but one of the most entertaining and engaging ones for books lovers. No true fan can rest without going through his well-known witty remarks.
Even if you are not interested in history and its facts, this compilation is a must-have for you, not just for entertainment but for an amazing insight into one of the most brilliant minds of the twentieth century. It will definitely keep you engaged until the last word.
- Authors: Richard Langworth (Editor)
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; Illustrated Edition (May 24, 2011)
- Pages: 656 pages
18. Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill
Any true Churchill fan would include one adjective when describing their favourite leader and that is Style! Wrapping up all that personality and wit into a truly attractive stylish exterior is something very few people can carry, and Churchill was one of those. This book is fine tribute to all that uniqueness.
From his main house, to all his preferred clothing styles, food, drinks, cigars, travelling etc., everything was a sight to behold. This book not only gives interesting details of all that glamour, but also supports them with some very sought after pictures.
This one is for those true fans who want to leave nothing to imagination when getting to know their leader better.
- Authors: Barry Singer (Author)
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated Edition (May 1, 2012)
- Pages: 240 pages
19. The Smart Words and Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill
For all the hardships and grave happenings through his life, Sir Winston had a unique wit and humour that many readers love. He is known well in the literary circle for his unmatched choice of words.
This compilation is perfect for his fans that look beyond the history and love him as an artist. It is not narrative rather it simply compiles his many words and speeches, portraying the amazing intellect and humour of Churchill. Readers would love and enjoy he time going through this masterpiece.
Whether you want it for your own collection, or are looking for a gift for a loved one, this book is perfect for any Churchill fan to include in their library.
- Authors: Max Morris (Editor)
- Publisher: Skyhorse (March 21, 2017)
- Pages: 160 pages
20. Secrets of Churchill’s War Rooms
When Winston Churchill was elected the Prime Minister in 1940, the World War II was ust beginning. He knew he had to lead his country through it. For this Churchill allocated the famous War Rooms, where he ran his country from.
The rooms have been locked up in secrecy ever since the war ended. Only recently were they unlocked and displayed to the general public. This book walks us through these rooms, detailing the events and the famous talks and discussions held in them during the tough times.
A truly interesting feature is the pictures included which fascinate the avid readers. These pictures go beyond the areas open to public, taking us through the realities of the wartime leadership. A fascinating read for Churchill fans.
- Authors: Jonathan Asbury (Author)
- Publisher: Imperial War Museums (January 15, 2017)
- Pages: 288 pages
Choosing the Best Churchill Books
Although the literary world is over-loaded with books on one of the greatest leaders of the world, none of which could possibly do justice to the breadth of his amazing personality, there are a choice few that come close to the feat. A true biography of such an eventful life is near-miracle. There are several lessons to be learnt from Sir Churchill’s life, whether it be as a leader, as an army general or as an artist.
The above-mentioned works come close to showing what a full life Sir Winston Churchill led. These are the few must-haves as a start to getting to know him as a living person.