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Churchill faced his own death, often and bravely. He led millions of people who did the same. Why did he and they do these things, things that we still remember and honor them for doing?
Many think Churchill's achievements during the greatest period in his life, the Second World War, called out an aspect of his character and ability suited for that unique circumstance but not for most others in which he lived. Churchill's Trial is an attempt to discover that something.
Active in politics for 55 years that spanned the most traumatic events so far in history - the greatest wars, the greatest depression, the greatest political transformations, the greatest social upheavals, the greatest advancements of technology and therefore of human power - Churchill left one of the richest records about his life and actions.
Today, we all face obstacles and necessities, and we all spend much of our time doing things that we must do, often things we would rather not do. For the statesman, these things are both numerous and grave: numerous because peoples and the matters that concern them are myriad; grave because they involve justice and injustice, life and death. To cope with them is a special capacity and art. The ability to cope with them is constantly and urgently required, but those who can do it at a high level are not common. There are lessons to be learned, both positive and negative, from Churchill's life and leadership that can help us to live our own lives, cope with our own problems, and serve the cause of our own country as it appears today.
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By Jean on 01-25-16
A Masterpiece of Political Philosophy
This is more of a scholarly book that examines the words and behavior of Winston Churchill with regards to free government. It is not a biography of WSC. It is in many ways a philosophical examination about constitutional limits of free government. Arnn writes a beautiful and eloquent defense of the political philosophical consistency of Winston Spencer Churchill. Churchill was a prolific writer and he was consistent in his ideals that sought for dignity and well-being, for an honorable peace, and for freedom that served to the benefit of all. This is not an easy principle to articulate but WSC wrote in a passionate and forthright manner that Arnn used with great skill to illustrate his thesis.
The book is divided into four parts, an introductory section that included a note on style and a comment on the trial WSC faced over the course of his life in preserving freedom against tyranny. The second section looks a WSC’s view of war, the third section examines Churchill’s view of the British Empire and the third section exams the threats to free government found in peace. The last section is a summary and also provides acknowledgements and appendices.
Arnn frequently quoted from WSC‘s writings including books and essays. I noted he frequently quoted from the book “Marlborough: His Life and Times”. I found the discussion about disarmament most interesting especially WSC’s analogy with the rhinos and lions. I will never look at rhinos and lions the same way again. (I am not going to tell you, you will have to read the book.)
This is a complex philosophical book that is not for beginners, but is aimed at those who have spent their lifetime studying Churchill and government. Wayne Campbell did a good job narrating the book.
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By Cynthia on 11-15-15
This is got to be one if the best books ever. Certainly the most informative. I recommend this book to anyone loves our freedom
We all need to educate our selves in our past if we want to protect our future or our freedoms will slip right through our hands. Time is running out. If you think this is not a problem...........you are the problem.
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