Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Book Review - Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

Christian Encounters Series

By John Perry

I selected this book to give myself some understanding of Winston Churchill. I did not feel that I really knew much about him. It is a small book with just 192 pages. I found the book easy to read at the beginning but then it seemed to drag. It seemed that there were details of his life missing and places that you had to try to fill in what was happening. I do feel that I have a bit more of an understanding of who Winston Churchill was but with only 192 pages and a man such as Churchill there is so much that is missing.

The author did a good job to condense Churchill’s life and at the same time give you some of his character. You see the things that helped to make him the leader that he was. He is driven and that is seen in how he worked and worked to improve his speech. He educated himself through reading.

One other characteristic that stuck with me after reading this book was his extravagance. While everyone else is on rations he was continuing to live life the same. It even told of how towards the end of his life he spent more in 2 days on cigars then his private nurse made in a week.

This book is part of the series from Thomas Nelson called Christian Encounters, which causes one to think that these are Christians. The book at various times spoke of Winston’s religious beliefs but it does not appear that he truly was a Christian so marketing this book as part of Christian Encounters seems wrong. Overall, I would say this was a good book and I would be tempted to read some of the other books in the series.

This book was provided by Thomas Nelson for review.

1 comment:

  1. There was a great miniseries on Churchill a while back. Jonathan and I enjoyed it. I'll have to look up what it was called - we watched it on DVD. Alexander's middle name is Winston. :)



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