Finished reading this book last weekend and am recommending it. Received as a Christmas gift from my wife, it was good to get back to some Churchill ~ it’s been a while really. Disclosure: I know the author, who teaches history at Dalhousie University here in Halifax. 😎
Professor Bell does a great job here presenting an objective look at Churchill and his involvement with sea power throughout his long career in and out of government. From the Dardanelles, to the very tricky business of between-the-wars naval estimates, to Force Z (sunk off of Singapore in the Second World War), and many other aspects of naval history, management and operations during the first half of the 20th century.
I didn’t come away with any concerns or criticisms of the book. Each major area is addressed, and the author does a good job summarizing each chapter.
And the author keeps a fair bit of powder dry for the epilogue which was nice.