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Monday, October 12, 2015

Winston Churchill Reporting Adventures of a Young War Correspondent Simon Read

Simon Read thinks that Churchill's most formative years were those that he spent as a young war correspondent. His experience of the horrors of war prepared him for his career as a politician, especially when he was Prime Minister during the Second World War, and his mastery of the English language made his speeches inspirational  Read's stirring account shows how these years forged Churchill's character.  I am sure that the great man himself would be proud of this book!

Churchill was certainly a sucker for punishment.  He trudged through tropical jungle in Cuba, fought in terrific heat in the Sudan against a fanatical enemy and made a dramatic escape from his POW camp in the Boer War.  As well as this, he wrote acclaimed articles and books.  By the age of twenty-five, he had been in four military campaigns and published three best-selling works of non-fiction and a novel! He'd made his name so that he could begin his political career.

Churchill once wrote that: 'Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because, as has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others'.  The young Churchill showed great courage when he was a soldier, and his years as a war correspondent and soldier assisted him to inspire the British to have courage during the dark years of  The Second World War.

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