In This Review

Eminent Churchillians
Eminent Churchillians
By Andrew Roberts
Simon & Schuster, 1995, 354 pp

Under a title that evokes Lytton Strachey, a young conservative British historian submits Churchill's political contemporaries to the kind of debunking Strachey initiated and present-day British writers seem to adore. The title is partly misleading: many of the people Roberts exposes were enemies of Churchill, appeasers who remained hostile to him or rallied only grudgingly in order to save their reputations. The main targets are the members of the royal family, Lord Mountbatten ("a mendacious intellectually limited hustler"), the historian Sir Arthur Bryant (accused of fascist tendencies), and Churchill's minister of labour, Walter Monckton (accused of having appeased the unions). Churchill himself is blamed for having failed to stop the transformation of Britain into a multiracial "magpie" society in the 1950s. It is quite a demolition job.