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CLEMENTINE CHURCHILL: THE BIOGRAPHY OF A MARRIAGE by Mary Soames Houghton Mifflin; 732 pages; $16.95

When Winston Churchill married Clementine Hozier in 1908, more than 1,000 guests jammed St. Margaret's, Westminster, in London. It was the marriage of the season, indeed for 57 seasons to come. Clementine's Edwardian dignity proved to be the perfect foil for her husband's tempestuous brilliance. She played her part so well that Oxford University, in 1946, awarded her an honorary degree as the "Soul of Persuasion, Guardian Angel of our country's guardian."

But behind Clementine's correct facade was a...

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