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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Wednesday, January 15, 2003 The lion who roared for the victory of freedom
The past few years have seen a resurgence of interest in Winston Churchill. Perhaps because contemporary political leaders, diminished by the destructive attentions of the media and tarnished by what John Lukacs calls “the viscous wash of public relations”, have sunk in public esteem, Churchill stands out by contrast as a colossus. His reputation, as Lukacs remarks in his preface and the recent “Great Britons” television vote showed, is at a peak. Even so, given the recent biographies by Roy Jenkins and Geoffrey Best, it might be thought that, at least for the moment, no further books on Churchill were needed. It speaks for their quality that both these two short studies, in their different ways, offer fresh perspectives on his character and achievements.