[originally posted Dec7, 2008 (that can’t be right – Bunn?- I’m actually looking at the original date as I move this forward… are you shitting me? … could be. Man, we are getting old. stardate June 11, 2010]
[Post updated by JR, adding D’Este quote. Some kind of a winstonwiki we have going here, I guess.]
I feel like talking about Winston Churchill. So let’s kick things off with a link from The Churchill Centre.
“The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash.” — Churchill’s assistant, Anthony Montague-Browne said that although Churchill had not uttered these words, he wished he had.
JR, it would be great if you can find the time to put together a review of “Warlord – A Life of Winston Churchill at War” by Carlo D’Este. I know you just read it, or at least are well into it by now.
I made it about one third through “The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Visions of Glory” by William Manchester. Wonderful book. I’d love to pick it up again some day (probably start over again from the beginning, actually), but in the short term that would constitute a breach of certain key provisions of my idling protocol, so there you have it. And a lazy lop is what it is.
Churchill’s romanticism was dangerously unabated despite the harsh examples of war he had personally experienced. More troubling, however, was his misguided confidence that he, unlike his comrades in arms, was somehow exempt from death before achieving great destiny.
-D’Este, pg. 71