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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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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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