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A remarkable woman.
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2016
Loved this book. Very good information on the remarkable Mrs Winston Churchill. Does not whitewash her charecter flaws.
She was very critical of her mother in law, Jenny Churchill for her nglect of her children. But she herself was a distant and aloof mother of all of her older children, who all had major problems with alcohol, drugs, depression, mental illness and suicide. She did get it right with her last child, Mary.
Clementine was a devoted and diligent advocate for her husband, Winston. It is hard to imagine that he could have overcome the obstacles he placed in his own way, without her help. Winston was notoriously oblivious and obtuse about the feelings of others. This would have been a career killer if he had not had a wife who was able to influence and get him to become more self aware.
Strangely enough her friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt, was reflective of two women who had a lot in common. Both women came from arisocratic families. Both had were troubled with severe insecurity that tthey overcame to become major personalities in their own right. Both women were also the "Conscience" of their husbands. The difference between them is that Clementine's relationship with Winston was a love match. Eleano'rs relationship with FDR's was notably a platonic friendship after his affair with Lucy Mercer. Winston remained devoted to Clementine and quite dependent on her for the rest of his life.
Winston would have driven most women crazy, he was a very difficult man, and it was probably the best decision he ever made to marry Clementine.