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This wide-ranging collection of essays allows the contemporary reader to grasp the extraordinary variety and depth of the statesman's mature thoughts on questions, both grave and gay, facing modern man.

Churchill begins by asking what it would be like to live your life over again and ends by describing his love affair with painting. In between he touches on subjects as diverse as spies, cartoons, submarines, elections, flying, and the future.

Reading these essays, originally dictated late at night in the 1920s in his study as the 'pot-boilers', first published in magazines and newspapers, by which he was able to support his family and live like a lord without inherited wealth, is like being invited to dinner at his country seat at Chartwell, where the soup was limpid, Pol Roger champagne flowed, the pudding had a theme, and Churchill entertained lucky visitors with vivid conversation, dominated by himself.

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    Li_mann, Guido 17.03.2017
    Li_mann, Guido 17.03.2017
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    "I thought the guy was interesting ... well ..."

    To anyone who enjoys learning for learning's sake, even if they are like me rather opposed to Churchill-fandom, even if like me they would never praise the man as is the custom these days. I highly recommend this book to you.

    Caution. Spoilers.

    Had I not known that the essays and articles here collected were all written/dictated in the 1920s, a few would have let me guess the 1950s.
    His observations on war, on mankind's ability to wipe itself out through the application of nuclear energy. Decades ahead of their time.
    He also proposes that modern war is not fought at the front but, rather, behind it. Among the people, where bombers attack strategic targets, etc.
    A thesis only about 90 years ahead of the same being proposed by former deputy-SACEUR Rubert Smith in his own book.

    The sarcastic manner in which Churchill deconstructs the story of Moses, only to reassemble it as a scientifically proven con-job, with a great magician Moses using natural phenomena and his loyal sidekick, god, I had to laugh. He goes so far as to claim credibility for the bible and god based on these.

    He also relates tales of his service after re-joining his regiment during WW1, serving on the western front, going over the top just to get a drink. And escaping death by a hair's width on a few occasions.

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