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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (30 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907871623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907871620
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An account of the first 25 years of his life…Here he brings back those days with magical clarity -- Nicholas Bagnall, The Sunday Telegraph

some would put it as one of the outstanding works of the twentieth century -- Roy Jenkins, Churchill

the best of all his books -- Lord Deedes

this wonderful book confirms his stature as one of the finest English prose stylists of the last century -- Simon Shaw, The Mail on Sunday

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One of the classic volumes of autobiography, 'My Early Life' is a lively and colourful account of a young man's quest for action, adventure and danger. Churchill's schooldays are undistinguished, but he is admitted to Sandhurst and embarks on a career as a soldier and a war correspondent, seeing action in Cuba, in India, in the Sudan – where he took part in the battle of Omdurman, of which he gives us a stirring account – and finally in South Africa. Taken prisoner by the Boers, Churchill makes a daring escape. Back home he embarks on the political career that is to make him one of Britain's most distinguished parliamentarians.

First published in 1930, when Churchill's most testing time still lay ahead of him, 'My Early Life' is memorable both as an adventure-story and as an account of the events and influences that helped to shape the career of a great Englishman.

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What surprised me most about this book was the humour. I expected the familiar story of our greatest leader's early life, I expected an insightful account of Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, I expected a stirring tale of a young man who was a practical adventurer just as much as politician and author. I didn't expect to laugh out loud regularly for much of the story.
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.
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I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone with an interest in the life and ideology of Winston Churchill. From tiny acorns grow giant oaks - well, this your chance to witness the development of one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century written by the man himself. In addition to telling a compelling adventure story, this book radiates with vitality, wit, humour and intelligence. One of the best, if not THE best book I've ever read. Go on, buy it. You won't be disappointed!
Inspirational!
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This book, written by the man himself, is VERY easy to read. It will give you an insight to the man and the events that occured in the first twenty five years of his long and eventfull life. I found this book funny/sad/exciting and 'warm', never dull. His writings in this book shows his thoughts and feelings of the time. I certainly recommended it
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This reads like a piece of fiction,it is an extrodinary adventure story.
From the mountains of Afganistan via the last great cavalry charge of the British army to escaping from a Boer prison and being hunted with a reward "dead or alive" on his head.
There is a paragraph which might make you wonder if it did not inspire a famous seen in Indiana Jones; Winston having a sword rather than a whip, before resorting to common sense and a revolver.
Superbly written with a sharp wit. A wonderful real life adventure, which helped to mold the man of the 20th century
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This book is about a lost world. Many of the opinions outlined would-and do- fill some with white hot indignation. It is a place in which women do not seem to exist, though occasionally they flit through the pages as care givers, mothers (Don`t confuse the two) and society hostesses. It is a place in which a small powerful elite runs the world, un-selfconsciously for it is simply their birthright.
The words used to describe that world sparkle, coming,as they do from one of the greatest players on the stage at that time and, furthermore, from one who thoroughly understood the art of writing.
Two things I have taken from this book: Firstly, Churchill was no saint, I would imagine that were I a nineteenth century General I would find this self confident young aristocrat`s unsolicited opinions and his seeming lack of comprehension of how the twin roles of war journalist and junior officer can conflict, to be infuriating. Secondly, and more importantly, without his self confidence, self belief, call it what you will, the second world war, when it happened, could have had a very different outcome.
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This book is very well written and captures the readers attention from start to finish. It gives a detailed, concise account of Winston's life from his early childhood until the end of his time as a war correspondent during the Boer War. In addition to the facts of his adventures he gives interesting accounts of his views, thoughts and ideas as he held them at that time. As he grew up in an era when life was very different to that we experience in the 21st century, it offers insight into life as it was in the 1890's. Included are accounts of his time in Cuba, northern India, the Sudan and South Africa.
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There's really not much you can say except:
This book is easily in the shortlist .. the top-five list .. maybe the top-two list ... for the single greatest book in the English language.
Quite simply like nothing else ever written.
Makes all of fictional literature seem a bit pointless, makes all of biography and autobiography plain dull.
Simply one of the great masterpieces of civilization.
All Men should read this book, ideally at age 17. Enjoy!
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