My Early Life 1874-1904 (Paperback)
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|Churchill discusses his childhood, his schooling, his experiences as a war correspondent during the Boer War, and his early life in politics *Author: Churchill, Winston, Sir *Subtitle: 1874-1904 *Publication Date: 1996/06/01 *Number of Pages: 372 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.25|
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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".
Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. His achievements in the field of letters, though substantial, come second to his place in history as the leader of Great Britain during its "finest hour"--World War II. Born the son of a Lord, Churchill was not a stellar student, either at Harrow or at Sandhurst--sometimes called "the British West Point"--whence he graduated. Churchill went overseas to India and Egypt as an observer for the military. During the Boer War he worked as a newspaper correspondent, was captured, and escaped--an experience he subsequently wrote about. He also wrote a novel called SAVROLA. (1900) and a biography of the first Duke of Marlborough, the famous general, and Churchill's ancestor, who was originally awarded Blenheim Palace where Winston was born. From 1900 through World War II Churchill was a politician and statesman, changing his allegiance from conservative to liberal and sponsoring progressive legislation. As a member of the cabinet he was credited with modernizing the British navy by changing over from coal to oil, which made a difference in World War I; he also led Britain's Air Force. He was, however, blamed for the defeat at Gallipoli. In 1940, Churchill became Prime Minister upon the resignation of Neville Chamberlain, serving from 1941 to 1945. He formed an alliance with Roosevelt and Stalin against Hitler and was often seen with bowler hat and cigar, flashing a "V for Victory" sign. His oratory inspired the nation as he demanded "blood, toil, tears, and sweat." After the war, he recognized the reality of the Soviet presence in Eastern Europe, and coined the term "the Iron Curtain." He served another, less distinguished, term as Prime Minister from 1951 to 1955. Churchill's eloquent memoir, THE SECOND WORLD WAR, was published in six volumes. He is also remembered for his four-volume HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH SPEAKING PEOPLES. His erudite and witty memoirs, diaries, and official papers, as well as his letters to and from his wife Clementine, have been popular sellers. In 1963, Winston Churchill was named an honorary citizen of the United States by President John F. Kennedy.