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My Early Life, 1874-1904 by Winston S. Churchill
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Aug 01, 11

Read from July 18 to August 01, 2011

I had never read anything by Churchill, although I heard a recording of his stirring "We shall never surrender" speech. He is a great writer, and this book presents the old British aristocracy of the nineteenth century in an oddly attractive way. Churchill says repeatedly that all the solid verities of his youth have been shattered, and that no generation had ever seen such change before. In light of World War I, I can see why he said that, and it sheds an interesting light on our common belief that we are the generation who has seen unprecedented change.

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