Book Review: Churchill by Paul Johnson

Churchill was an extraordinary individual.
The difference he made to the world was astounding, but not only did he do that, he was also a well published author and a renowned painter among many other things.
The book
Churchill, By Paul Johnson gives a great insight into the life of the great man.
Through his successes and his failures we follow him, through his heroic deeds and through the times of embarrassment.

Churchill’s life is full of lessons many we should endeavor to learn just as he did.

Always aim high
He always aimed high, always looking to succeed with things others felt was impossible.
For instance at the beginning of his life, he turned out to be a poor scholar which earned him no support from his father and yet he pressed on and aimed to become a very successful individual, and succeeded.

There is no substitute for hard work
One thing Churchill did more than all others was that he worked harder.
He worked 16 hour days and would go through any pain to do the job well and right.

Never bow to failure
Churchill failed many times; he was laughed at in public dozens of times, he failed politically, he wasted his finances on the stock market, not once but twice and that is only the tip of the iceberg.

But he never gave up. He always picked himself up and went at it again and as it turns out, he did well.

Never hold a grudge
He never wasted any of his precious energy on hatred, grudges or vendettas.
Not even to his political enemies and not even to the Germans.

This really allowed him to use his strength on the next problem, hatred is such a emotional drain that he would never have been so successful if he hadn’t loved making up and becoming friends.

An astounding person
He in a sense saved the world all by himself and did more than any of us ever dream to do or even want to do.
It all comes down to what made him such an extraordinary individual.

He was courageous beyond belief, he was in 15 battles and won 14 medals, and still a smart tactician that succeeded in saving Britain from the point of defeat.

My only regret
The only thing I miss in this book by Paul Johnson is that it is only about 200 pages long.
The life of Churchill could be written in over 10 000 pages, but still I found it very interesting and if you are looking for the lessons from the man it is most definitely enough.

My Recommendation
If you are looking to really go in-depth there are many books which you might read, but I really must recommend this one.

As usual I tend to recommend as I find it a most useful service.
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I hope you like it!
If you have read it or any other book about Churchill please leave your comment below and let me know what you think.
If you have a recommendation about another book we should read, about Churchill or another person leave a comment with the recommendation and I will make sure to look into it.


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8 Responses to Book Review: Churchill by Paul Johnson

  1. Great lessons from a great man. The sad thing is that Churchill is practically not even taught in public schools here in America–a crying shame if you ask me.

    Good stuff Daniel.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Sadly it is the same in Scandinavia.
      He is only mentioned saying “Never before have so many had so few to thank for so much”.
      Before I read this book that is all I knew.

      Just goes to show that there is a lot more beneath the surface.

  2. Corinne Edwards says:

    My greatest recollection of Churchill was his impassioned speach where he repeated -

    “Never give up – Never give up – NEVER GIVE UP!”

    and those Brits did not.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Yeah, he was an extraordinary speaker.
      What he did to turn the war around was unbelievable.

      Thanks for stopping by Corinne, always great to have you :)

  3. Churchill was a great one. When I was in school we did study him and the most people do not realize the great in pack he made in the world. he was one of the worlds greatest heros.
    You have done a great job Daniel in letting people know about such a great man.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Thanks Debbie,

      I learned a lot from this book and I feel that it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t share it.
      Thanks a lot for stopping by and for commenting.

      I hope to see you here again soon :)

  4. artur campos says:

    i am appaled by churchill’s magnificent life and how he used to put himself up after so many falls….a lesson in life

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Artur,

      Thanks for commenting.
      He really did some amazing things and he completely changed the world.
      It takes persistence to become someone, as long as you have the courage to stick with it you will more often than not achieve your goals.

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