Winston S. Churchill: Young Statesman, 1901-1914

Volume II of this magisterial eight volume biography takes Churchill s story from his entry to Parliament in 1901 to the outbreak of war in 1914 When he took his seat in the House of Commons he was twenty six years old An independent spirit and rebel, on his maiden speech he was cheered by the Leader of the Opposition On 31 May 1904, three years after entering ParliamenVolume II of this magisterial eight volume biography takes Churchill s story from his entry to Parliament in 1901 to the outbreak of war in 1914 When he took his seat in the House of Commons he was twenty six years old An independent spirit and rebel, on his maiden speech he was cheered by the Leader of the Opposition On 31 May 1904, three years after entering Parliament, Churchill joined the Liberals In December 1905 he entered the government as Under Secretary of State for the Colonies In April 1908 he joined the Cabinet as President of the Board of Trade On 12 September 1908 he married Miss Clementine Hozier Their daughter Diana was born in 1909 and their son Randolph in 1911 In the years leading up to the First World War, Churchill was at the center of British political life and change At the Home Office he introduced substantial prison reforms and took a lead in curbing the powers of the House of Lords At the Admiralty from 1911 he helped build the Royal Navy into a formidable fighting force He learned to fly, and founded the Royal Naval Air Service He was active in attempts to resolve the Irish Question and to prevent civil war in Ireland In 1914, as war in Europe loomed, Churchill wrote to his wife from the Admiralty The preparations have a hideous fascination for me, yet I would do my best for peace, and nothing would induce me wrongfully to strike the blow I cannot feel that we in this island are in any serious degree responsible for the wave of madness which has swept the mind of Christendom When war came, the fleet was ready It was one of Churchill s great achievements.
Winston S Churchill Young Statesman Volume II of this magisterial eight volume biography takes Churchill s story from his entry to Parliament in to the outbreak of war in When he took his seat in the House of Commons he was tw

  • Title: Winston S. Churchill: Young Statesman, 1901-1914
  • Author: Randolph S. Churchill MartinGilbert
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  • Page: 366
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    1. The second volume is a bit ponderous, hence my 4 star vice 5 star rating. It did have some surprises for me, though. I was unaware that at this stage of his career (he was 40 years old by the end of the volume) he'd changed parties and was part of the liberal party, where he served in the pre-WW1 British Government, as a minister to include 1st Sea Lord. Because there is so much correspondence shared, to include personal and somewhat intimate letters, it does drag at times, and a 700+ page volum [...]

    2. Excellent study on politics and history. A great example of many apparently timeless political principles as well as a readable and accessible historical account. Look forward to continuing progress through these volumes.

    3. A formally stiff but priceless document of the incomparably energetic Winston Churchill as a young MP, written by his son Randolph. The biography itself mostly sticks to the facts and presents unedited versions of the letters of Churchill himself. This was an incredibly exciting time in British politics and it fascinating to see how the Liberal government of that time implemented many social reforms 20 years prior to Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. This was the second volume in the official biogr [...]

    4. Worth every minute! Highly recommended for anyone who loves the minutiae of political infighting and other policy-wonk types of discussions. The similiarities between Churchill's unemployment exchanges and Obamacare were striking to me. It's an interesting question of whether certain types of "socialist" solutions are workable or commendable when there is a lot of face to face interaction involved (ie Churchill's exchanges were actual physical places where one could be hired) whereas once they s [...]

    5. A solid picture of Churchill as a young officer and MP, culminating in his appointment as First Lord of the Admiralty on the verge of World War I. Strange to read of the great Tory PM in his early days as a Liberal reformer.

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