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My Early Life: A Roving Commission Paperback – 1 Jun 1996

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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (1 Jun. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684823454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684823454
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Here, in his own words, are the fascinating first thirty years in the life of one of the most provocative and compelling leaders of the twentieth century - Winston Churchill. As a visionary, statesman, and historian, and the most eloquent spokesman against the Nazi Germany, Winston Churchill was one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century. In this autobiography, Churchill recalls his childhood, his schooling, his years as a war correspondent in South Africa during the Boer War, and his first forays into politics as a member of Parliament. My Early Life not only gives readers insights into the shaping of a great leader but, as Churchill himself wrote, "a picture of a vanished age".

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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 have rediscovered Churchill's writing and will be adding to the collection. A remarkable man from a remarkable upbringing.A good read.
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Exciting and superbly written. Redolent of the high tide of Empire.
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A fantastic read, I loved every page.
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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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If, like me, you buy this book seeking to find out about the early life of the writer of Mr Keegan's Elopement or Richard Carvel, you will be disappointed; for it soon becomes clear that this is a different Winston Churchill. But your disappointment will be short-lived, for this book has a charm of its own, and the writer has an interesting tale to tell.
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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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