I don’t read a lot of biographies like Winston Churchill: A Life, mostly because I find them a little dry even if the person themselves was interesting. As a historical figure Churchill is very interesting. The man did have one of the most famous quotes about history:
Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. – Winston Churchill
On with the review though. Churchill was raised mainly by his nanny not his parents. That was the way it was for his generation and class. His mom had lots of affairs throughout her life. His dad was just as ruthless in politics as he was. He must have received his political ambition from him. He had poor grades, but Keegan attributes this to Churchill not being a good test taker. The one thing at school that he was good at was fencing. One of the places he did the worst in his studies was in languages, he just couldn’t get them. He did however (yea!) like history. He got around a lot when he was younger and even dated Ethel Barrymore of the famous Barrymore’s. Ethel would have John, whom had John Jr. who had the famous Drew Barrymore that we are all familiar with.
I liked this biography and thought it did a very good job covering the life of Churchill. I could tell that Keegan had a genuine interest in in Churchill. The came across in his writing. If you want to learn about Churchill this is a good book to start with.
Thanks to youtube here is a whole movie on Churchill. There are at least 6 parts, so you will have to follow the links on youtube if you want to watch the whole thing.