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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill described himself as an English-Speaking Union, being the son of Lord Randolph Churchill and the American heiress Jennie Jerome. He was educated at Harrow and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, and was sent to India with a cavalry commission in 1895. He won early fame as a war correspondent, covering the Cuban revolt against Spain (1895), and British campaigns in the Northwest Frontier of India (1897), the Sudan (1898) and South Africa during the Boer War (1899). Churchill had authored five books by the age of 26. His daring escape from a Boer prison camp in 1899 made him a national hero and ushered him into the House of Commons, where his career spanned 60 years.
Churchill’s relationship with what he called “the Great Republic was a lifelong passion and a constant source of fascination for him. Churchill played a pivotal role in the events that shaped and affected the United States. The relationship between the USA and UK was important on a global scale during the early 20th century. As a politician in World War I, his actions, both success and failures, helped secure victory for the Allie and shaped too the nature of the post war world. As an ardent British imperialist and pragmatist he helped create the modern and wholly artificial state of Iraq; the origins of this century, its ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity are central to an understanding of the needs of the US and the wider world. (Berlin, 1981)

Winston Churchill enjoyed one of the longest and most interesting lives of any person who has ever lived. From his birth at Blenheim Palace on November 30th, 1874, to his death at Hyde Park Gate in London on January 24, 1965, his life was one of action, controversy, setback and achievement. It was never dull. There are a number of very good biographies about that life, the most…...

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