Churchill's Trial by Larry P. Arnn
Constitutionalist, strategist, writer, statesman...perhaps one of the most significant players in recent human history, Winston Churchill, can be described as many things. Known for his wit, unfettered confidence and brilliant strategy, there are few that can hold a candle to the man that Churchill was.
Arnn does a fantastic job of laying out the timeline of Churchill's rise to political power, beginning as a soldier who happened upon, okay...maybe forced himself to be allowed as a war correspondent, to the magnificent statesman that he became. Arnn organized the book in to three sections: War, Empire, and Peace, with each section divided in to chapters discussing Churchill's various qualities, positions, and general highlights of his outstanding career. This makes for a very easy, logical flow; the book is well written and easy to digest for people completely unfamiliar with who Churchill was and why he is such an iconic historical figure, political leader, and war figure.
This book offers something for everyone, whether you're completely unfamiliar with Churchill to even the most well-versed Churchill fans. The brilliant war-strategist and statesman held strong to his convictions and remained calculated throughout his career, however people were often divided during times of peace. Churchill was such an inspiration to many during times of war or when uncertainty was on the horizon, but in times of peace he was significantly less effective as a leader. One of the standout issues in regards to Churchill was his view on politics, capitalism, socialism, and the winds of political change headed for England. Churchill put much faith in people to govern themselves and did believe they should be trusted, that given the appropriate "constitutional arrangements" and the fact that the people were men and not beast, that ultimately what was in the best interest of humanity would win out. Over-control of the people, or a far-reaching government was something that Churchill was vehemently opposed to.
Churchill's charming, calculating personality and his knack for wartime strategy is what many today focus on, but for a deeper look at his life and his rise to become one of the most influential leaders of modern history, and ultimately his political demise and fall in to the mists of time, this book is an excellent resource for the meat and potatoes of a great man. I highly recommend this book and gave it five stars for it's easy-to-digest writing, layout, and content. Arnn did a fabulous job of letting us in at an inside look at such a great historical figure.
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