Wednesday, October 26, 2011
'Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945'
I just finished reading Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945 by Carlo D'Este. It is the first book I have ever read that centered around Churchill and I learned alot. The book was very well written and well documented. It was a good look at a great man from a mostly military perspective. Im not much of a reviewer so I won't go into detail about the book. I will say that if you have any interest in Churchill, specifically his military life this is a great read from that perspective.
However, the one chapter I found very interesting that ties into this blog was 'Chapter 1 - Toy Soldiers.' I never knew that the young Churchill collected and played with toy soldiers. It kind of makes you proud to have such a great man in the ranks of our hobby. The books seems to put forth that Winston's fondness for collecting and playing war with these toy soldiers seems to have led to an early appreciation and love of soldiering, albeit a romanticized one. I think Churchill summed it up best when he said "The toy soldiers turned the current of my life." I think some of us may be able to relate to that :)
Posted by Dan at 8:50 PM