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If she had simply been the mother of Winston Churchill, her place in history would have been assured. But the Brooklyn-born Jennie was also the most fascinating and desirable woman of her age, the toast and the scandal of two continents throughout her long life.Volume II, THE DRAMATIC YEARS, tells the second half of her life with its many love affairs, two later marriagesIf she had simply been the mother of Winston Churchill, her place in history would have been assured. But the Brooklyn-born Jennie was also the most fascinating and desirable woman of her age, the toast and the scandal of two continents throughout her long life.Volume II, THE DRAMATIC YEARS, tells the second half of her life with its many love affairs, two later marriages and numerous ventures. Through it all she remained if not a devoted mother, then one who encouraged the aspiration of her two sons, one of whom was destined to greatness."A captivating biography about a mid-Victorian `modern' woman who was villified, envied, loved, loathed--but never ignored." (The Cleveland Press)...

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Jennie: The Life of Lady Randolph Churchill Vol 2: The Dramatic Years 1895-1921 Reviews

  • James Burns
    2019-04-30 08:53

    Lady Randolph Churchill was a remarkable woman, She was a loving mother and a devoted ally to hersons careers and especially to Winston's army and political career. Jennie was a unique woman, involved in Politics, authoress of books and plays, She founded a quarterly Magazine called the Anglo Saxon Review, during the Boer War, she was head of a campaign that enlisted American Businessman and the financially elite to donate money and equipment for a hospital ship, The Maine and sailed with it as a liaison between the American and English Medical Staff. She was one of the most influential woman in England and Europe, due to her standing in European Society, She was once the Mistress of The Prince of wells and was invited to all of Societies Dinners and Balls. Her Lovers list was whose who list of the American and European Elite.By all accounts and photo's she was a very Beautiful woman. She was married 3 Times; once to Sir Randolph Churchill who died of complications from Syphilis. and her last 2 husbands were 20 yrs her junior, the last one when she was in her mid-sixties.She died due to complication from a broken ankle after falling down stairs, gangrene set in and after amputation, a blood vessel hemorrhaged and she died shortly afterwards.I have truly enjoyed reading about her, and was well researched by the Author. and no review can give proper justice to her importance to the future of England through Winston her Son.

  • Jennifer B.
    2019-05-01 07:19

    A fascinating look at not only a very fascinating woman, but also the world she lived in, and the people in it. She knew and was friends with almost everyone! As if being Winston Churchill's mother wasn't interesting enough.

  • dina
    2019-05-22 08:19

    The writing was no more than 3 stars, or perhaps even 2, but the content was good enough for all 5 stars. Without giving away any juicy details, let me just tell you that Lady Randolph Churchill was lively enough in her 60's to have a lover in his early 40's (three years younger than her son Winston - whom I don't much care for, except as a landscape painter). The writer suffers from a compunction to include every bit of research on the period, even if it has no conceivable connection to the story, but if you move past these little detours, you'll meet a very fair lady indeed. I hope Volume I:The Romantic Years turns up in the free bin sometime, too.

  • Janice
    2019-05-05 12:08

    I loved the way this book intertwined the history of many events that were happening around the world at the same time. This book also gave me an appreciation of Winston Churchill, to see how he was raised in a boarding school, while his father womanized and his mother lived the life of "High Society".

  • Jasanna Czellar
    2019-05-09 04:10

    This was a very intriguing book about the mother of Winston Churchill. Although it's a large book, it was very insightful and didn't have many dry parts. It's a collection of stories, letters and articles in biographical form. It was incredible, to me, how much this lady got done in 1 lifetime. She opened so many doors for her children that I doubt they would have been able to open on their own. It made me wonder if that was always the most ethical, but regardless it was simply a very interesting read!

  • Beverley
    2019-05-17 08:11

    Certainly a woman who lived as she chose regardless of what others thought.

  • Doris Jean
    2019-05-15 09:18

    This book is richly foot-noted, and I see why. According to quotes, her advantage was "utterly unscrupulous". She was better than the best stage mother at promoting her son. She used her body with lovers (book estimates over 200) to gain influence and power. And not just any lover – she selected the most rich, the most powerful, only those who could enhance her power. She was a lover to King Edward VII (before he was crowned) which she used later to help her son.I draw conclusions from the documentations in the footnotes: she was a con artist supreme. She concentrated her efforts toward "friendships" with people of power and influence. She had tremendous focus, determination and dedication toward her goal of making her son a famous politician, even as soon as he was born. She deterred him from anything less by saying "Destiny has greater things planned for you".After her first husband her own age died, she only enjoyed younger men. Both of her later husbands were younger than her sons. She used her methods as a young girl so maybe it was a family imprint?It was jarring to read this book and see how some of the royalty, the very rich and very famous may live. It can take such intense work and extreme effort to achieve some goals, how do some not become sociopaths???

  • Susan O
    2019-05-19 04:57

    All I knew of Lady Randolph Churchill before reading this biography was that she was beautiful, had many lovers, and was the mother of Winston Churchill. But she was so much more and it is a shame that she isn't known for her many individual accomplishments. Jennie was able to live and be accepted in Society, but also had the ability to step out and do things that other women of the time didn't. She wasn't a feminist, just unwilling to be constrained by convention. Volume 2 picks up after the death of her husband. After giving so much of her time to his political career, she is now free to devote more time to her sons and as they become more independent to finding her own purpose. I enjoyed volume 2 as well as vol 1, but there are some differences. Jennie knew everybody, and traveled, so there were many names and places mentioned. I am more familiar with 19th century New York, which is where she began her life and where her father lived, than I am with British society, so the references in volume 2 might mean more to someone else. I especially recommend this if you enjoy reading about British high society in the late 19th and early 20th century. The book is well-written with many quotes from letters interspersed throughout, with notes.

  • JZ
    2019-05-06 10:06

    This is the biography that started me on a lifetime love of snooping around in dead (mostly) people's lives. You know it had to be good for me to make it through both books, and it wasn't required reading, either. Since I was so young when I read these, naturally I liked the younger Jennie better, but I'm sure that my older self would prefer this one. It shows Lady Churchill at her full power, her place in history, and her influence on the life of the man who was as fine a leader as Britain ever had.

  • Maura
    2019-05-15 04:02

    A continuation of his first volume of her life, this one takes up her life after she was widowed. So much time is spent telling about Winston's career though that she seems almost a background figure. She married twice, both times to much younger men, and seems to have sailed on without being troubled by scandal or society's disapproval. Her attitudes and actions reveal her to have been a very modern woman. If she were living today, she would probably be (or have been) our first female president.

  • Jennie
    2019-04-30 05:53

    Okay, I'm a narcissist. I wanted to read these books because she was called Jennie, spelled just like my name is. She had a very interesting life. I haven't gone so far as to name my son Winston, but it was fun to read.

  • Kathleen Lehmer
    2019-05-10 05:15

    Biography of first half of life - until her husband dies of VD. Would like to read part 2 where I believe she does more for her favorite, Winston Churchill. She is an independent woman who entertains many friends, including male friends...

  • Dorothy
    2019-04-28 11:03

    What an amazing woman! What an interesting life!!!

  • Tom Schulte
    2019-05-22 07:05

    The Boer War, WWI, publishing an arts magazine; Lady Churchill had a life of drive and impact.

  • Kimberlyluisi
    2019-05-15 04:20

    Interesting, but I'd really rather hear about the part of her life that mattered.

  • Gizelle
    2019-04-30 09:10

    The Polsci major in me resisted, but failed miserably, to buy and read this. Bow.

  • Bitsy
    2019-05-20 09:54

    Excellent...Bought from Rare Bookstore for m y library