When historians speak of the great men of the twentieth century, England's Prime Minister during World War 2, Winston Churchill will be on that list. John Perry has written a precise biography on this great man surveying his life from birth to death. With thorough research and an ability to keep the reader interested, Perry has written an excellent biography on an excellent man.
Perhaps the best aspect of the book is Perry's frequent look at how faith (or the lack there-of) shaped and affected Churchill. One is left confused as to what Churchill actually believed. There seems to be no resemblance of full fledged repentance and an embracing of the cross, but frequent references to Christianity, Jesus, the Sermon on the Mount, and a Providential God are frequent. This I did not expect. Though the book was written for Christian audiences, I was expecting a brief and simple biography of this great hero. In addition to such a biography, we also get keen insight into the religious life and beliefs of the man.
As always, any good biography includes examples of Churchill's quick whit and his incredible ability to give a speech. Some of the 20th Centuries greatest speeches were given by Churchill and his unique ability to inspire his countrymen in the midst of potential annihilation is one feature that made him great. One of his most moving speeches is his, "never give in" speech.
But Churchill was not perfect. Quick tempered, prideful, and prone to depression, Churchill was not the easiest to love but when his country needed him, Churchill rose to the occasion. Perry has written an excellent biography that serves as a great place to begin for those who know nothing or little of Churchill. In fact, check out the other biographies in this series.
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