2008-05-14 - 11:08 a.m.
"...I feel very lonely without a war. Do you feel that?..."
It reads as 40 stand-alone chapters each musing on a different aspect of Churchill's personality, career, and very being. It draws few conclusions, just offers a lot of opposing opinions and facts and theories, piled on top of each other like material evidence in a trial, and makes for a ripping good post-modern look at a man who has been both hero-worshiped and vilified.
And as a person who likes to look at all angles, sometimes to the point of paralysis, I appreciate that author Gretchen Rubin offers compelling proof supporting both sides of such questions as "Was he a great man? A good politician? A good military strategist? A decent father? An alcoholic? Was he clinically depressed?" and other such quandaries.
And if the non-linear format intrigues you, the author has written a similar book about our own rockstar leader, JFK.
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