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kindle À My Early Life 1874 1908 Ñ Paperback read õ winston s. churchill í 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 anIcs 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 ageIf you want to fully understand Winston Churchill My Early Life is essential readin In 1930 Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill then age 56 and destined to live another 34 years looked back on his first 30 years One would think this hubris for what can be achieved in one’s first 30 years But in fact unlike some modern politicians who write their autobiography at a young age before any achievements Churchill had a lot to report The result is “My Early Years 1874 1904” perhaps one of history’s most entertaining autobiographies Churchill documents his childhood as the neglected son of the American Jenny Jerome and Lord Randolph Churchill—both of them monumentally self centered and unnurturing she was focused on society and on her numerous affairs with highly ranked men; he on a career in politics as a Tory he was an MP and briefly Chancellor of the Excheuer which he trashed by refusing to follow his Tory party’s line once when Winston was reported to have been badly hurt playing Follow the Leader a Lord remarked “That will never be his father’s fate” Churchill was an abysmal student and his years before the Mast of Education are reported with a remarkably pungent wit Apparently he had a testing problem—tests never asked the uestions he could answer His deficiencies were most pronounced in Mathematics He reported his great admiration for mathematicians who like chess players who could play 16 simultaneous games are destined to die young with epilepsy “And serve them right” Churchill’s abysmal academic performance— clearly the result of his view that things in which he was not interested were not worth learning— combined with his interest in military matters he had over 1000 toy soldiers that he would parade and put into battle formations led him to eschew the university or it to eschew him He went to the Royal Military College at Sandhurst where after three attempts at admission and 1½ years as a cadet he emerged as a cavalry officer This was in the days when the military was the trashcan of the scions of British aristocracy and the cavalry was the trashcan of the military This remarkably weak foundation never deterred Churchill from his belief that he was a great military strategist a belief he maintained even in the face of his many poor strategic decisions in WWI as First Lord of the Admiralty and in WWII as Prime Minister During WWII when he was driving his Generals mad with wild schemes it was remarked—outside of Churchill’s hearing—that there are only two professions where amateurs think themselves to be professionals—military strategy and prostitution Churchill reports without shame and with great humor his enlistment of his mother in obtaining military postings to which he was neither invited nor welcomed She drew on her vast connections many of whom had been lovers and had freuent dinner parties to cudgel well placed military and political leaders; he reports that she fought “down to the last cutlet” As a result he was posted to India and fought in the 1897 Siege of Malakand in northwest India where a large body of locals had surrounded the British garrison; “The Malakand Field Force” 1898 soon rolled from Churchill’s pen He was later posted to Lord Kitchener’s African army over Kitchener’s voluble objections There he fought in Britain’s last cavalry charge at the 1898 Battle of Omdurman near Khartoum in the Sudan 20000 Commonwealth soldiers and cavalry decimated a force of 60000 “Dervishes” His “The River War” 1899 2 vols soon followed “The Malakand Field Force” on British bookshelves On demobilizing and returning to England Churchill having gained a literary following turned to speechifying and politics suffering a disastrous early bid for M P of working class Oldham During this time he wrote “Savrola” his first and only novel 1900 In 1899 went to South Africa as a war correspondent to report on the Boer War He was captured escaped and—yes—he wrote another book actually two in 1900 “London to Ladysmith via Praetoria” and “Ian Hamilton’s March” By his 26th birthday he had become a national hero—a prolific author brave in combat and resistant to incarceration Churchill spent his life adoring the father he never knew—the brief sections about the distant father who died young are heartbreaking and Churchill’s desire to be worthy in his father’s eyes impelled him to achievements unmatched in his centuries Churchill was impulsive exhibited the best and worst of judgment was the epitome of the British bulldog was alcoholic rude demanding and very funny; and he was the right man at the right time when Hitler came along His father would have approved perhaps placing his hand on his son’s head and uietly remarking “Good job” That’s what young Winston wanted most As did perhaps old Winston Churchill’s prose is the prose of 19th century Victorians—florid and grammatically correct; one imagines him diagramming his sentences I found it refreshingly archaic a welcome revisitation to the English classes of my youth Younger readers might find it plodding and navigationally challenged But of course Churchill was a Victorian and a modern voice would simply not serve one can imagine how jarring it would be to have a humorous sentence followed by “LOL” The problem is not that Churchill’s era was one of formal and correct English it is that ours is an era of bad English If you want to read the history of a self educated young man who turned childhood neglect and early personal failure into victory who became arguably the 20th century’s greatest statesmen and wordsmith and who experienced monumental revolutions in society warfare technology and economic institutions and expectations this is for you And it is a hoot to boot

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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 elouent spokesman against Nazi When does one first remember When do the waving lights and shadows of dawning consciousness cast their print upon the mind of a childWhat a delight Published in 1930 it covers the first 30 years of Churchill's life 1874 1904 and packs in adventure than most of us could ever expect in many times those years Churchill tells war stories in which he was a participant in Egypt in South Africa Apparently he barely survived many times before rushing off to India to play in an army polo tournament where he scored the winning goal despite an incapacitated shoulder His imprisonment after surrender and subseuent 300 mile escape from a Boer prison climbing out of windows walking alone through the night with Boer troops looking for him hiding between bales of hay on a train passing over the border It goes on and onChurchill is a hopeless egotist as what politician isn't but he is also to be commended for including in his book the rather intense criticism his exploits gained in British papers he wasn't really in the army why was he there he was risking our causeIs it all true Who knows but it's great reading And it was surely a superb preparation for the time 35 years later when Churchill led Great Britain through the war against Hitler

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My Early Life 1874 1908Germany 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 polit Churchill is an engaging writer both insightful and entertaining Written in 1930 Churchill covers his life from childhood until the beginning of his political career with a significant portion of the book devoted to his military time in India and South Africa There are many interesting tidbits such as Churchill's meeting with Mark Twain during Churchill's tour of America Twain gives Churchill a hard time about the Boer Wars and Churchill's fear of extemporaneous speaking which led him to write his speeches beforehand and commit them to memory Another interesting point is the near total absence of women in Churchill's portrayal of his childhood and young adult life with the exception of his nanny and his mother It's interesting to see how Churchill wants to portray himself in this autobiography He emphasizes that he was ambitious and got ahead through force of will though Churchill does mention the numerous connections obtained through mom and dad along the way And Churchill takes pains to emphasize the difference between him and the Oxbridge crowd Churchill having gone to SandhurstThe dominant theme of this book is the break that Churchill sees between the waning Victorian age and a 20th century of technology and greater democratization Churchill sets up contrasts between the honorable warfare of the 19th century managed by elites vs the machine driven slaughter of WWI driven by the masses an English ruling class of the 19th century composed of a civilized coterie whose members were often connected through various marriages vs a democratic unruly ensemble But I wondered whether Churchill's idealization of the Victorian age led him to exaggerate the gap between Churchill's 19th century values created 20th century horrors Churchill's descriptions of the glories of the Boer Wars of which he had many fond memories seem callous to the bloodshed of warfare though Churchill briefly condemns the English concentration camps As he writes How easy to kill a man Really And Churchill's descriptions of English retaliation against Indians who defied the colonial power eg English burning of farms and villages seems a cold hearted effort to move as Churchill writes forward on the path of empire Although much of this book held my interest my attention flagged during Churchill's lengthy descriptions of the military maneuvers during the Boer Wars On the whole worth a read