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Transcript of Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill always stood out as a hero from the beginning, especially to the Author Boris Johnson who deemed himself " not worthy to loose the latchet of his shoes" , Johnson recalls being told famous quotes and apocryphal stories of his hero as a child . Churchill Became A prisoner of war in 1899 and a national hero after he escaped. He lived to see both World Wars in which he rose up as a great military Strategist. In war time Winston being an optimist boasted public morale. Churchill refused a deal With Hitler and the Author sums up Churchill's idea as " fighting on would be reckless, but the surrender would be even worse". The Churchill Factor talks of a heroic man who "killed men with his own hands", and "had been fired at on four continents". Churchill took what many considered stubbornness and turned it into Patriotism and Pride which inspired a nation in the grips of war and a looming clash with Germany.
As Lord of Admiralty, one of Churchill's many titles, Churchill became so grief stricken by the number of casualties in the trenches and on the front lines he drew up a vehicular weapon that could "crush enemy trenches" and "carry 50 men with machine guns". from Churchill's plans contractors created a tank named the "Churchill".
By: Boris Johnson
The Churchill Factor
Born November 30, 1874- Died January 24, 1965)
Winston Churchill was the British Prime Minister from 1940-1945 and again from 1951-1955.
Member of both the Liberal and conservative Parties.
Married to Clementine Hozier-Churchill
Many people don't realize Churchill was more than a Prime Minister. Churchill began his career as a journalist under the name of Winston S. Churchill .Shortly After School Churchill began writing for the Daily Graphic and provided Coverage of the Spanish American War. Churchill was stationed in India to cover the Siege of Malakand for the Daily Telegraph where he sees action in the Malakand Field Force. Afterward he Publishes his first book on the Malakand Field Force. Churchill continued to record important aspects in his military career and later on in life his career in politics. Because of his writings Boris Johnson was truly able to get a first hand experience of what meeting and talking to Churchill would have been like, and in his Bibliography you can see just how much he uses Churchill's own words along with accounts from others to shape his book convey what a character Churchill truly was.
Churchill was born on November 30, 1874 in the United Kingdom.churchill was born into an Aristocratic family. Churchill lived in Dublin for a few years as a child until his family returned to England in 1880. Churchill's father became the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1886. After three failed attempts Churchill was accepted into the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. Soon after Churchill was commissioned Cavalry officer in the 4th Queen's Own Hussars.
in accordance with Churchill's writing skills Johnson believes him to be an amazing speaker. Instead of trying to hide on going troubles Churchill told the public and being the optimist he was pointed out the light in the situation and gave the British hope during the war. Churchill used his speeches to rally troops, raise morale, and even convince others of his ideas. His speeches often moved his Audiences and the cheers after he was done speaking even moved him on occasion.
Johnson clearly believes Churchill to be one of the greatest leaders of all time, he praises Churchill even calling him "brilliant". Johnson talks about how Churchill's career inspired his term in office as mayor of London and how Churchill inspires him to one day maybe run for a higher office. Churchill lead his Nation as Prime Minister not only once but twice, he also was a military leader and led his country to victory against Hitler's Nazi Germany.
Churchill was not always a popular politician, Johnson tells of Churchill's struggles. Johnson paints Churchill as the underdog from a young age referring to him as a "runt" compared to others. Johnson believes these struggles early on led Churchill to push himself rather than pity himself in order to prove a point to the people who doubted him wrong. Churchill took what was described as a lonely and miserable childhood and turned it into one of the most successful political careers ever. One of his famous quotes to support Churchill's Persevering spirit would have to be "Never give up. Never, never give up!. We shall go on to the end."
Winston Churchill seemed to be a very loyal man. He stood with his country when they were under attack by Nazi Germany instead of fleeing. He was a devoted Husband to his wife Clementine who he loved, but according to Johnson didn't always see "eye to eye" with, they were married and as Churchill put it "lived happily ever after" until Churchill's death in 1965. Clementine was believed to be equally loyal, Johnson says "She gave Churchill nothing but the most flabbergasting loyalty and support; and made his achievements possible." The only disloyal act I really noticed was Churchill's "crossing the floor" or in other words switch in political parties due to disagreements in leadership.
'Short Man' Syndrome
Though Churchill had many admirable traits Johnson admits kindness was not one of them. Johnson compares Churchill's height, 5 foot 6 and a half, to what he believes to be "some of the biggest tyrants and creeps in world history" such as Napoleon, Mussolini, Stalin, and even Hitler. Johnson states the problem with all of these men including Churchill is that they all were " associated with the Over-compensatory aggression that is sometimes referred to as 'Short Man' Syndrome". Johnson tells of many accounts in which Churchill got quite testy with his staff and would shout things such as "where were you educated?" and "Why don't you read a book". Johnson even says Churchill's friends believed "he behaved like a spoilt child". Johnson blames Churchill's actions on stress from "coordinating a war that we showed no sign of winning". Churchill was not always unkind with his staff, Johnson made sure to include some of Churchill's good deeds such as giving money to his late secretaries daughter and his doctors wife when they needed it, and giving a skin graft to an injured soldier in the Boer war without an anesthetic.
Churchill had a fighting spirit till the end. While Churchill had the will to live its said "he also knew his work was done". Churchill told his daughter one day "My life is over, but it is not yet ended" referring to his legacy which was everywhere. Colleges, streets, bars, cigars, and even babies all bore the name of this hero.
Midway through his second term as prime minister Churchill Suffered a stroke, he finished his term in office and in 1955 retired from politics for good. Nearly ten years later Churchill died, January 24, 1965, exactly seventy years to the day after his fathers death.