Assuming Roberts is an objective historian, he chronicles Churchill’s political life in excruciating detail, from one failure to another. The phrases “foot in mouth disease” or “bull in a china shop” would be appropriate. I was shocked, to say the least.
In the last chapter of the book, Roberts attempts to summarize Churchill’s many failures and his few, but significant, successes.
Roberts would say that early on, Churchill was the only major Western leader who was on to Hitler and Stalin. The fact that he took a strong position and sounded the alarm may have saved Western civilization.
So, you may be wondering, why did I entitle this post “The Churchill Wart Factor”? Because, in my humble opinion, we all have our “warts,” but that doesn’t mean we won’t save the world some day. One of my many bad habits is judging others, often without all the facts. Studying Churchill has helped me see that it’s often easier to see the “warts” and miss the brilliance.
So, I thank Roberts for opening my eyes — not only to Churchill, but to the rest of humanity.