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My Early Life: A Roving Commission Paperback – 1 Jun 1996
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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".See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is about a lost world. Many of the opinions outlined would-and do- fill some with white hot indignation. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
A gripping story told with Winston Churchill's characteristic enthusiasm, humour and gift for words. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a brilliantly written memoir by Churchill of his first 26 or so years, until the turn of the 20th century. Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Hopper
An interesting book which helps one understand more about this amazing manPublished 13 months ago by D.W.Lonsdale
At times an amazing and amusing document, at times quite boring.
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