The Churchill Factor

The Churchill Factor

How One Man Made History

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781594633027
  • 384 Pages
  • Riverhead
  • Adult


From London’s inimitable mayor, Boris Johnson, the story of how Churchill’s eccentric genius shaped not only his world but our own.
On the fiftieth anniversary of Churchill’s death, Boris Johnson celebrates 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 contagious bravery, breathtaking 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 pioneered aerial bombing and few could match his experience in organizing violence on a colossal scale,  yet he hated war and scorned politicians who had not experienced its horrors. He was the most famous journalist of his time and perhaps the greatest orator of all time, despite a lisp and chronic depression he kept at bay by painting. His maneuvering positioned America for entry into World War II, even as it ushered in England’s post-war decline. His openmindedness made him a trailblazer in health care, education, and social welfare, though he remained incorrigibly politically incorrect. Most of all, he was a rebuttal to the idea that history is the story of vast and impersonal forces; he is proof that one person—intrepid, ingenious, determined—can make all the difference.


Praise for Johnson’s Life of London

“A sparkling blend of history, biography, and geography . . . Johnson’s exuberant paean makes a persuasive case that genius breeds genius.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Boris Johnson is Britain’s most popular politician. He is also its wittiest—and most erudite. . . . Not since Winston Churchill has a future prime minister of Britain written so well.” —Michael Wolff, Vanity Fair