1985 "First American Edition" stated on copyright page; Beaufort Books Publishers, New York; hardbound; black and white photos; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.
Profiles the son of Winston Churchill who, with his many advantages--good looks, diverse abilities, and connections--had to make his mark in spite of his mother's diffidence and father's disinterest.
In youth Randolph was spoiled by his father, who held up his famous cigar for silence whenever Randolph held forth. Worse, he learned to drink, and drink hard, in the company of famous cronies like F.E. Smith, Lord Birkenhead. The outspoken, sarcastic and often boorish result of that upbringing alienated his mother, and their relations were generally frosty. Clementine lived for Winston, and caring for Winston was full-time work. Once she reprimanded Randolph for taking a fancy to an older woman. He shot back, “I don’t care, I need her. She’s maternal and you’re not.” What few appreciated, his cousin Anita Leslie wrote, was “Randolph’s craving for affection. He had to hide his sensitivity, not realizing either that others could be as sensitive as he.”