Professor Michael Shelden, PhD

Professor Michael Shelden
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University
Despite the debates that still cast parts of his career in doubt, Churchill's most enduring legacy is anchored in something that lies outside of history, something deeply personal and timeless. It is his individual stance as a champion of freedom when the world was at a tipping point between darkness and light, in which his voice and courage helped shift the balance towards the light.

Michael Shelden is Professor of English at Indiana State University, where he has won the top award for excellence in scholarship, the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research/Creativity Award, three times. He earned his PhD in English from Indiana University.

Professor Shelden is the author of six biographies, including Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill, which has been translated into Russian, Chinese, and Portuguese. He has also given lectures on Winston Churchill for The National WWII Museum and the International Churchill Society. Professor Shelden’s book Orwell: The Authorized Biography was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His book Mark Twain: Man in White was a New York Times Best Seller, was chosen as one of the best books of 2010 by the Library Journal, and was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2010 by the Christian Science Monitor.

For 12 years, Professor Shelden was a features writer for The Daily Telegraph in London. His many scholarly articles and reviews have included publications in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Shakespeare Quarterly, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Victorian Studies, and the Journal of British Studies.

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  1. George Orwell: A Sage for All Seasons Sale

    George Orwell: A Sage for All Seasons

    Michael Shelden
    Save up to $190.00 Starting at $59.95 $269.95 $59.95$269.95
    In George Orwell: A Sage for All Seasons, join Orwell’s authorized biographer, Professor Michael Shelden, for a 24-lecture journey through the life and times that shaped this profound writer and his eerily prescient masterpieces like Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Blending literary analysis and biography, this course is a one-of-a-kind portrait of the modern world’s greatest champion of individuality.
  2. How Winston Churchill Changed the World Sale

    How Winston Churchill Changed the World

    Michael Shelden
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    Winston Churchill didn’t just live history—he made it. In How Winston Churchill Changed the World, join Churchill-biographer Professor Michael Shelden for a multifaceted, 24-lecture exploration of the statesman’s life, accomplishments, complexities, and failures. It’s an unforgettable journey through the 20th century in the footsteps of the man who helped humanity prevail during violent, dangerous times.
  3. (Set) How Winston Churchill Changed the World & Rise and Fall of the British Empire Set

    (Set) How Winston Churchill Changed the World & Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Take a new look at iconic periods and leaders of Britain in this two-course set. Learn how Winston Churchill forever altered the course of the 20th century with How Winston Churchill Changed the World. Then, examine four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment with the Rise and Fall of the British Empire.
  4. (SET) 1066: The Year That Changed Everything & How Winston Churchill Changed the World Set

    (SET) 1066: The Year That Changed Everything & How Winston Churchill Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $344.90 Starting at $344.90 $389.90 $344.90$389.90
    Can a single year—or statesman—change the entire world? Discover why the answer is a resounding yes with this set of two popular Great Courses. Experience for yourself the drama of a dynamic year in medieval history that included fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, epic military invasions, and much more in 1066: The Year That Changed Everything. Then, embark on an unforgettable adventure through the...
  5. (SET) George Orwell & How Great Science Fiction Works Set

    (SET) George Orwell & How Great Science Fiction Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Plunge into a captivating two-course set that examines some of the 20th century’s most imaginative authors and their eye-opening visions of alternate—and sometimes very possible—worlds. In George Orwell: A Sage for All Seasons, the author’s official biographer walks you through Orwell’s life and times, and reveals the powerful lessons of Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and other enduring masterpieces....
  6. (SET) George Orwell & How Winston Churchill Changed the World Set on sale

    (SET) George Orwell & How Winston Churchill Changed the World

    Michael Shelden
    Save up to $406.00 Starting at $97.90 $539.90 $97.90$539.90
    Discover how two great men of the 20th century changed the world through their ideas about freedom in this illuminating two-course set. First, in George Orwell: A Sage for All Seasons, the author’s official biographer walks you through Orwell’s life and times, and reveals the powerful lessons of Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and other enduring masterpieces. Then, in How Winston Churchill Changed the World,...
  7. (Set) How Winston Churchill Changed the World & Conservative Tradition Set

    (Set) How Winston Churchill Changed the World & Conservative Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Look at the development of Conservatism has followed different arcs in the United States and Great Britain with this two course set. Discover what politics today owe to an iconic statesman with How Winston Churchill Changed the World. Then, think about this political philosophy in an entirely new way with The Conservative Tradition.
  8. (Set) How Winston Churchill Changed the World & World War II Set

    (Set) How Winston Churchill Changed the World & World War II

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Delve into a fascinating period of British history with this two-course set. Start with a well-rounded look at one of the most iconic statesman with How Winston Churchill Changed the World. Then, look into the origins and strategies behind the greatest conflict in human history with World War II: A Military and Social History.
  9. (SET) George Orwell & The Surveillance State Set

    (SET) George Orwell & The Surveillance State

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    In Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell envisioned a future in which constant surveillance was the norm—a future that, at times, seems very much like our present. Get to the heart of this troubling dilemma with George Orwell: A Sage for All Seasons and The Surveillance State: Big Data, Freedom, and You. In the first course, Orwell’s official biographer walks you through the author’s life and times, and reveals...
  10. (SET) George Orwell & Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature Set

    (SET) George Orwell & Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Meet the man who wrote some of the 20th century’s most enduring tales of totalitarian dystopias and discover why this genre of literature continues to capture our imagination. First, George Orwell’s official biographer walks you through the author’s life and times, and reveals the powerful lessons of Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and other enduring masterpieces in George Orwell: A Sage for All Seasons....
  11. (Set) How Winston Churchill Changed the World & America’s Founding Fathers Set

    (Set) How Winston Churchill Changed the World & America’s Founding Fathers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Get to know some of the men who changed the Western civilization forever with this two-course set. Discover what we owe to an iconic statesman with How Winston Churchill Changed the World. Then, take a deep dive into the creation of the U.S. Constitution as it actually happened—not as many are led to believe it happened—with America’s Founding Fathers.
  12. (SET) George Orwell & Sci-Phi Set

    (SET) George Orwell & Sci-Phi

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    What are the links between literature and political and social philosophy? Discover the answers in this two-course set that pairs George Orwell: A Sage for All Seasons with Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy. In the first course, George Orwell’s official biographer walks you through the author’s life and times, and reveals the powerful lessons of Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and other enduring...
  13. (SET) World War II & How Winston Churchill Changed the World Set

    (SET) World War II & How Winston Churchill Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    World War II was a landmark event in both the history of the 20th century and the history of human civilization. Strengthen your appreciation for just how earth-shattering the war was with this two-course set that brings together World War II: Battlefield Europe and How Winston Churchill Changed the World. Using a distinctly European perspective, the first course offers a fresh lens through which to study the...
  14. (Set) How Winston Churchill Changed the World & History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts Set

    (Set) How Winston Churchill Changed the World & History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $789.90 $399.90$789.90
    Look at two pivotal parts of England’s dramatic history with this two-course set. Discover new insights about the 20th century’s greatest statesman with How Winston Churchill Changed the World. Then, take a sweeping look at one of the most intriguing times in modern history with History of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts.