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View 1 comment. Nov 29, Graceann rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Nobody. Shelves: books-i-hated , biography. Jennie Jerome Churchill was a fascinating woman, but you'd never know it from reading this sleeping pill of a book. I didn't even bother with its sequel, and I'm looking forward to reading Anne Sebba's new biography of Mrs.
Churchill and getting far more out of it. Mar 10, Angela rated it really liked it.
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I read about Jennie Churchill while a teenager. She was one of the Heiresses of America who married into a title. At the time I thought how could such a beautiful woman birth him. Aug 31, Maura rated it it was ok. This book fits in among many other books I've read in the past few years concerning other personalities from this era, from Consuelo Vanderbilt to Lady Almina of Highclere. There isn't a whole lot known about her childhood, and there's as much in it about Randolph Churchill and his political life as there is about Jennie.
There are many quotes from his speeches and others concerning the pertinent issues of the day, and then the author mentions almost as an aside that Jennie during this time was This book fits in among many other books I've read in the past few years concerning other personalities from this era, from Consuelo Vanderbilt to Lady Almina of Highclere.
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There are many quotes from his speeches and others concerning the pertinent issues of the day, and then the author mentions almost as an aside that Jennie during this time was being escorted by Lord So-and-so to social functions While she is linked with many men, we aren't given to know too much about her emotions at this point. Considering that this volume is subtitled "The Romantic Years", there isn't a lot of information given about her romances other than the fact of them existing, and why.
But there isn't much insight into Jennie herself. I feel like I know a lot about her life but not about her. Whether that is the fault of the author or a lack of material about her, I don't know. However, I still found the book interesting just because of the world she inhabited and the people she moved among.
I'll see what Volume 2 has to say. Mar 21, Rachel rated it liked it. I don't often read non-fiction because the level of detail can be overwhelming and the writing poor. But this book, about Winston Churchill's scandalous and ambitious American mother, was very interesting and easy to read.
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Despite covering many long-forgotten political figures and fights, the account of late-Victorian times and Jennie's life in particular stood on their own. She was a fascinating person, then and now. I also appreciated peeks into the stormy, syphilitic temperament of Winston's I don't often read non-fiction because the level of detail can be overwhelming and the writing poor. I also appreciated peeks into the stormy, syphilitic temperament of Winston's father, Lord Randolph, as well as Winston himself, who was surprisingly under-achieving during his youth.
Jan 19, Susan O rated it really liked it Shelves: history-women-s , biography , read. Volume 1 of 2, this book covers the life of Jennie Randolph during the years - , from her birth through the death of her husband. Prior to reading this, I knew nothing about her life except that she was beautiful, had many affairs, was an American who married into the British aristocracy, and was the mother of Winston Churchill.
She was so much more than that. As with her future daughter-in-law, Clementine, she contributed greatly to her husband's political career breaking new ground fo Volume 1 of 2, this book covers the life of Jennie Randolph during the years - , from her birth through the death of her husband. As with her future daughter-in-law, Clementine, she contributed greatly to her husband's political career breaking new ground for women in the process.
Volume 2 is on its way. Jul 12, Janet rated it liked it Shelves: booklist. This book is about 40 years old, and is very sympathetically written. I wonder if another author or more recent research may have produced an entirely different book. What is interesting is her sphere of influence, both in England and Europe, and a look at life among the rich and famous in th Jennie Jerome was an American heiress who married Lord Randolph Churchill and was the mother of Winston Churchill.
What is interesting is her sphere of influence, both in England and Europe, and a look at life among the rich and famous in this time period. Jul 28, H. Reed rated it it was amazing Shelves: fine-writing , biographical , non-fiction , history. Reading this again was a treat. Ralph Martin reports rather than editorializes and his research is impeccable. His writing is casual without being slang ridden. I await American Jennie: The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill with impatience - it's been "in transit" to my local library for over a week - but I can't believe that it will surpass this elegant biography.
Jul 26, Patricia rated it it was ok. Jennie Randolph Churchill was reported to have lovers! She was erudite, intriguing, glamorous and courted by princes even while she was married. Unfortunately, this book fails to capitalize on the passion and ambition of this fascinating woman. At least I did learn that she wasn't a completely cold and rejecting mother.
She had her motherly moments and like a proper lady, she hired kind nannies for her kids. This book was obviously incredibly well researched and thought out. I felt like it relied a bit too heavily on family histories prior to Jennie herself but, all in all, it was very informative and easy to read for such an academic biography.
Mar 08, Judy rated it really liked it. As much as I was repulsed by the extravagant indulgences described, I couldn't help but be drawn into this bit of history. It made me want to learn more about the history of the monarchy within Great Britain. Mar 09, Shirley Brown rated it really liked it. I was only 15 or so when I read it, but I seem to remember enjoying it. However, I had forgotten about reading it until yesterday, when something on TV reminded me of it.
So I guess you couldn't say that it affected me very deeply.
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Aug 10, April rated it really liked it. While I definitely found this book fascinating, I would have liked more personal detail about Lady Randolph Churchill and less about her husband. The fact that he was slowly dying of syphilis was the main thing I came away with. I am inspired to read more about Winston Churchill. Jan 30, Kelley rated it it was amazing. I read this book many years ago and look forward to reading it again. A wonderful historical novel that lends a better understanding of the political and social nuances in the Golden Age Vol 1 and the formative years of Winston Churchill, Jennie's son Vol.
Nov 06, Karrin rated it liked it. This book was published in , I think. It would be interesting to read a more contemporary biography of Lady Randolph Churchill. Jan 23, Judy B added it. This book was an interesting read similar to another american, Lady Astor, except that Randolph's life and illness becomes the story. Very good backgrd on Winston's mother. Mar 11, Gayle rated it it was amazing. This portion of the biography is well and clearly written. It discusses the life of an extraordinary woman with evenness and insight.
Oct 01, Sandra Brown rated it liked it. Great storytelling,fascinating ambitious woman. Jan 01, Hope added it. Jan 03, Paige Bentz rated it it was amazing.
Completely enthralling story of this amazing ladies life. And a fabulous insight into the life of young Winston Churchill. Please do read both volumes Just fascinating. View all 5 comments. Jan 08, Jennifer B. What a modern woman she was for her time. And the details of life in the Victorian age are most fascinating.
Looking forward to the sequel. Jul 18, Michael Gilbert rated it it was amazing. They decided to marry within two days of their meeting although both families were against the romance. The new Mrs. Churchill was captivating but no mere social butterfly. She could bring people together, politicians together. She organized soup kitchens and raised money for the poor in Ireland. You can view today's paper or previous issues. Want full access? Search Auto Seller Auto Preview. Subscription Manage Account.
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