Churchill in the Trenches by Peter Apps
I remember hearing the story of Churchill as a young man, before he was the great orator and public figure we all know, and being blown away. I’m hoping this book gets deep into those stories.
November 1915: disgraced and stripped of high office, Winston Churchill heads to the trenches to fight. A quarter of a century before his “finest hour” in 1940, Britain’s future Prime Minister faced a very different kind of crisis. As First Lord of the Admiralty at the start of the First World War, he found himself blamed for the catastrophic military fiasco of the Dardanelles. Thrown for the first time into the political wilderness, he decided to rejoin the British Army and take his place on the Western Front. The first standalone account of this period of his life published since the 1920s, CHURCHILL IN THE TRENCHES reconstructs his six months near the Belgian town of Ypres. It reveals he how he gradually won over the troops he commanded — the tough but traumatised 6th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. And it tells the largely unknown story of how amid mud and squalor, one of the 20th century’s most memorable characters became one of its greatest leaders.
**Note – The previous book I read, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, was exactly as good as I expected. As brisk and to the point as a story of everything gets. Pick it up for yourself.**