Livingston Lecture: Jonathan Schneer, Ministers At War: Winston Churchill And His War Cabinet

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Livingston Lecture: Jonathan Schneer, Ministers At War: Winston Churchill And His War Cabinet
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In May 1940, with France on the verge of defeat, Britain alone stood in the path of the Nazi military juggernaut. Survival seemed to hinge on the leadership of Winston Churchill, whom the King reluctantly appointed Prime Minister as Germany invaded France. Churchill's reputation as one of the great twentieth-century leaders would be forged during the coming months and years, as he worked tirelessly first to rally his country and then to defeat Hitler. But Churchill, regarded as the savior of his nation, and of the entire continent, could not have done it alone.

As prize-winning historian Jonathan Schneer reveals in Ministers at War, Churchill depended on a team of powerful ministers to manage the war effort as he rallied a beleaguered nation. Selecting men from across the political spectrum – from fellow Conservative Anthony Eden to leader of the opposing socialist Labor Party Clement Attlee – Churchill assembled a War Cabinet that balanced competing interests and bolstered support for his national coalition government. The group possessed a potent blend of talent, ambition, and egotism.

Jonathan Schneer is a professor of history at Georgia Tech. The author of The Balfour Declaration, which won the 2010 National Jewish Book Award, Schneer lives in Decatur, Georgia.

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By: Atlanta History Center

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