Wednesday, 9 June 2010

The Indefatigable Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill, with characteristic self-assuredness, belied his disinclination towards the historians impartiality when he said:

"History will be kind to me ... for I intend to write it!"

... and write it he did, churning out an impressive array of weighty historical tomes during the immediate post-war years. His efforts included the highly acclaimed six volumes of The Second World War (published from 1948-1953) and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples (in four volumes, published in 1956-1958).

This prolific output is all the more impressive when one considers the fact that, as wartime Prime Minister, he survived on barely 5 hours of sleep a day, sometimes in one or two hour intervals (no wonder he always resembled a particularly grumpy bulldog!).

Lesser mortals would have taken the onset of peacetime as an opportunity to have a nice long rest!

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