My Early Life, 1874-1904

By Winston S. Churchill

Rating: 3 stars

This is an autobiography of Winston Churchill recounting his early life up to when he was first elected to Parliament in the early 1900s. It’s striking just how much the young Churchill fitted in to his life, becoming both a military officer and a highly-respected newspaper correspondent (and doing both at the same time during the Boer War). I suppose, though, in a sense this isn’t unexpected since he came from a rich and well-connected family which opened many doors for him in life.

While I respect the man for what he achieved, both in the course of this book and as a war-leader, the personality that comes out of this isn’t one that I find particularly pleasant. He was very much a British aristocrat and standard-bearer for the Empire.

Book details

ISBN: 9780684823454
Publisher: Scribner
Year of publication: 1930

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