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My Early Life: 1874-1904 Paperback – June 6, 1996
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If you've seen the film "Young Winston", based on this book, you will be familiar with some of the events. Other programmes and books have adequately explained his war leadership and his contribution to many serious political issues. However, the films and documentaries I have seen fail to capture the mischievous spirit communicated through this book.
This a fascinating study of a bygone age, when Britain maintained a great empire, when most politicians took the title Lord, and when politics and army officership were sports for those of independent means. Interestingly despite his aristocratic bloodline Churchill's family was not particularly wealthy and some of the most poignant lessons stem from this.
Sometimes the sentiments in the book appear bloodthirsty or imperialistic, but you have to realise that at least part of the time Churchill is writing satirically, reflecting common values which you suspect he did not always share himself. When he is sincerely expressing his own serious ideals it is usually easy to detect.
These beliefs link both his skilful analysis of historical events, and Churchill's account of his own development. For example he explains the British government's failure to be magnanimous after the early victories of the Boer war as the reason that a relatively fast-moving and honourable conflict descended into "shocking evils" on both sides.Read more ›
This book was written by Churchill when he was short of cash - it had to be successful. Also it was written well before he became a world-weary statesman. By so royaly entertaining his readers he betrays himself to us as a pretty down to earth and likeable character - perhaps very different to the complex man he really was, or the very great man he was eventually to become.
One thing strikes me from the book is that Churchill was probably as unforgiving with himself as he was with other people - he comes across as someone with tremendous moral integrity and character. Yet, by the standards of many others he was seen as outspoken, bumptious, obdurate and opinionated, a war monger etc etc.
Progress was never made by reasonable people and this book is a superb way to get to know this mercurial, unorthodox, unlikely hero. It is a story of his coming of age at the turn of the 18th century and is one of those books that all bold adventurous men should perhaps read at some time during their lives.
A fantastic eye witness account of the British empire and the 'larger than life' people behind it.
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A fascinating look at the early life of one of the great world leaders.Published 21 days ago by Jason Lord B.M.
HILLSDALE COLLEGE president Larry Arnn has been Lecturing on Winston Churchill. Churchill was one of a kind. Read morePublished 3 months ago by oldguy
One of the best books I have read. Churchill was a brilliant writer, and this may well be his best book. It is very funny, and incredibly exciting. At times, it is even appalling! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steven M. Crain
Winston Churchill has a delicious sense of humor and is an excellent writer. He holds your attention all the way through.Published 4 months ago by lonnystevens
Not that the author cares at this point, but it was a fascinating look at Churchill's life and the beginning of the end of the English empire.Published 5 months ago by Dan R. Bidstrup
I purchased this book as a gift for a friend. I have my own copy that I read several years ago. I admire Churchill greatly and have read most of his books as well as many of the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by KPM
Worth reading if for nothing more than seeing how the English language was supposed to be written. Elegant in its construction and delivery. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Dull reading. I was searching for more information about the life of Winston Churchill.Published 7 months ago by Nancy P Rushton