Churchill: A Born Political Genius
Churchill by Sebastian Haffner is written about all of Winston Churchill’s greatest failures and achievements throughout his entire life. It takes place from 1874 to 1965 from the time he was born until the day he died. He had historical importance in the 1920’s and was quite apparent at the time of World War II and other times of war. The quality I most admire in Winston Churchill was that he never gave up and always tried.
When Churchill was in school he was always too stubborn to learn and always questioned the material. His father thought him to be a “wash out” and others laughed at how he was a descendant of the Duke of Marlborough. When he was twenty it took him three times before he was accepted into cavalry with the army. But by the time he was 25 he was the talk of all England taking part in 5 different campaigns and becoming a lieutenant of the Hussars.
In 1904 he left the Conservative Party and joined the Liberals bench. Everyone thought that this would become a mistake that would end his career much like his father. However Winston had a firm belief that he was destined to do great things and that he would die young like his father, so he did everything in his power to become great. When he was on the conservative side he was a backbench member that never saw any action, but in the liberal party he was a more important asset. The Liberals believed they needed someone special with exceptional ideas and good luck to have the Liberal Party have a shot at office and Winston Churchill was this special someone.
After his many years of success in politics and military he lost the vote for Prime Minister in 1945, which seemed tolerable because he left on a good note after World War II. It seemed at age 70 that his work was done since he had aged and become a victim of insomnia, was irritable, and nervous most of the time. He was finally given a break for the first...