The Eccentric Mr Churchill: Little-Known Facts About The Greatest Briton | Jacob F. Field

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2019: Book #34

“In total, WSC (Winston Spencer Churchill) wrote fifty-eight books. His oeuvre comprised:

Seven memoirs

Sixteen historical volumes

Twenty-two volumes of his speeches

Four collections of newspaper and magazine article

Two volumes of essays

Six volumes of biography

One novel

WSC also wrote 842 articles, about one-quarter of which were reports of warfare in Cuba, India, Sudan and South Africa. In total, he wrote more than Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare combined.”

“One of WSC’s greatest foes, evident from his early years, was his own accident-proneness. In the winter of 1892-3, he was staying at Sanford Manor in Dorset, the home of his maternal aunt Lady Cornelia who had married the Welsh industrialist Ivor Guest, Baron Wimborne. WSC, who was eighteen at the time (and frankly old enough to know better), was playing a game of chase with his brother Jack and a cousin. He was cornered on a bridge and tried to escape by vaulting over a railing and jumping for a pine tree, hoping to slide down to safety. He missed and fell thirty feet, rupturing a kidney. He spent three days in a coma before recovering.”

“During the war, WSC spent hundreds of hours on board aircraft. For the most part, conditions were Spartan; the cabins were chilly and there were sometimes only canvas bunks or mattresses on the floor to sleep on. The airplanes were unpressurized, which meant that WSC, who was susceptible to pneumonia, had to wear an oxygen mask, even while sleeping. He later had it modified with a hole that enabled him to smoke his cigars while still wearing the mask.”

All of this is from, The Eccentric Mr Churchill: Little-Known Facts About The Greatest Briton by Jacob F. Field.

The book is fair. It’s nothing magical. My purpose in buying the book was to curate more stories about Churchill. I found a couple of interesting nuggets, but nothing like what I was hoping for. I did learn that Churchill struggled with a stutter at times.

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars.

That’s book #34 for 2019.
18 more to go to hit my goal of 52 for the year.

Remember, all leaders are readers.

If you want to be a better leader…be a reader.
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