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by THE RT. HON. Winston s. churchill. 3. A roving commission. They took one away from all the interesting things one wanted to do in the nursery or in the garden. They made increasing inroads upon one's leisure.

by THE RT. Charles scribner's sons 1930. Printed in the United States of America A. To a new generation.

My Early Life, also known in the USA as A Roving Commission: My Early Life, is a 1930 book by Winston Churchill. It is an autobiography from his birth in 1874 to around 1902. A significant portion of the book covers his experiences in the Second Boer War of 1899-1902, which he had earlier described in London to Ladysmith via Pretoria (1900) and Ian Hamilton's March (1900).

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Winston Churchill's outstanding characteristic, for me, was his tireless participation in life, from the lowly task of wall masonry to the saving of his country from the Nazi scourge. That work ethic is evident in "My Early Life. Because he was a superior man, I never mind his superior attitude, which also comes across in this book. Churchill lived his life to the fullest in a manner that not only pleased him but benefitted others. He is someone to be emulated.

Winston Churchill (1874–1965) was a British statesman, army officer, and writer. Born in Oxford in 1874 to an aristocratic family though not well-to-do, he attended boarding school as was the norm for children of his class at the time

Winston Churchill (1874–1965) was a British statesman, army officer, and writer. Born in Oxford in 1874 to an aristocratic family though not well-to-do, he attended boarding school as was the norm for children of his class at the time. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the army at the age of 21. He participated in the Boer War and was captured and made a prisoner of war. His escape from prison and his journey to freedom are well chronicled in print and movies and gained him much publicity in Britain

2 My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930).

2 My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930). The Second World War (1939–1945). Post-war years (1945–1955). It may be said, therefore, that the military opinion of the world is opposed to those people who cry 'Democratize the army!' and it must be remembered that an army is not a field upon which persons with Utopian ideas may exercise their political theories, but a weapon for the defence of the State.

How I hated this school, and what a life of anxiety I lived there for more than two years. I made very little progress at my lessons, and none at all at games

How I hated this school, and what a life of anxiety I lived there for more than two years. I made very little progress at my lessons, and none at all at games. I counted the days and the hours to the end of every term, when I should return home from this hateful servitude and range my soldiers in line of battle on the nursery floor. The greatest pleasure I had in those days was reading. When I was nine and a half my father gave me Treasure Island, and I remember the delight with which I devoured it.

A Connoisseur’s Guide. A wonderful treat is in store for the first-time reader of the most approachable of Churchill’s books.

This is an account of a young man's quest for action, adventure and danger. Churchill's schooldays are undistinguished, but he is admitted to Sandhurst and embarks on a career as a soldier and a war correspondent, seeing action in Cuba, India and the Sudan.

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Tisicai
First published in 1930, Winston Churchill's memoir, "My Early Life, 1874 - 1904", is mainly an account of his getting into trouble, getting back out, and writing about it. He developed skill at all three endeavors, especially the writing which, along with a speaking tour, became his primary source of support as a young man. He was a war correspondent for the Morning Post in London for many years, and published a dozen volumes beginning with "The River War" about a conflict along the Nile, and ending with a Nobel Prize in Literature.

He recognized as a schoolboy that he was hopelessly unable to learn Latin and Greek, and so he was consigned to the study of English, considered a lesser scholastic endeavor. Two effects resulted: one, he was not able to enter Cambridge or Oxford without the classical languages, and two, he became very good with his native tongue.

Denied the universities, he sought and won a commission in the Army, serving in a cavalry division. His first real military foray was in Egypt, then on to India, and finally he served in the South African Boer war of 1899. These adventures make up the bulk of the memoir.

His capable renditions of these events, published as a column in the Post, were quite popular. When he finally returned to civilian life he had a ready audience for his talks and speeches. He really is good at spinning a yarn; his memoir quickly becomes a page-turner, and it was very popular at the time it was published. I found it most enjoyable too.

In all these battles a great deal of ordinance was fired in Winston's direction, but none of it hit him. This fact alone renders his stories with a sort of Hollywood Western gloss, and certainly heighten the reader's attention.

Probably the most riveting tale was of his capture by the Dutchman, Louis Botha, who could easily have shot him and let it go at that, but didn't and became a lifelong friend. Botha turned Churchill over to a Boer prison, from which Winston soon escaped. The escape tale involves a coal mine labyrinth, a lot of worrying and waiting, and some freight trains, one carrying coal sacks, and another great bales of wool.

From today's viewpoint Winston was clearly a shameless imperialist and racist, pretty normal for the British of the time. There doesn't seem to be any malice in it, just ignorance. He was always an enthusiastic servant of Empire; though he did examine the best course of British action from the viewpoint of the colonized, he never escaped his imperialist assumptions.

While on his lecture tour he chanced to have a conversation with Mark Twain which turned to the recent war with the Boers. Churchill notes that Twain deftly, by socratic method I suppose, forced Winston into an uncomfortable corner, where he was saying "My country right or wrong." Twain replied, "When the poor country is fighting for its life I agree. But this was not your case." I think Clemens had the sharper wit.

Churchill was showered with honors in his senior years. After his name come no less than seven titles: "KG OM CH TD DL FRS RA", just the beginning of a much longer list of recognitions.

What drove him to greatness? Well, he was born into a noble family, a very accomplished and well positioned British father, Lord Randolph Churchill, MP, Exchequer, etc., and a smart, wealthy, and attractive American mother. Yet neither of them gave Winston much in the way of affectionate support as a child. So he felt orphaned in this splendid family, a situation that is often a spur to excel. Yet later, as a young man, he had a great deal of support from his mother who was always pulling strings for him, and from his late father's friends who were a very powerful group.

Winston used all this support to get himself placed in army positions where he did his best. He spent his off hours in India, about five hours every sweltering midday, reading himself much of an education that he had missed by not going to university. When you add to all this his war correspondence for a growing readership, you have a man who could win election to Parliament, and did. The rest is history.
Lemana
I found this to be a delightful book. Churchill's writing style is very droll and engaging. He has a wonderful story to tell, and tells it very effectively. He had a long and very eventful life, which really was just getting started when this book ends when the author was in his early thirties. I wonder if he had any idea what lay before him.
This is a very readable and compelling story about a little known era in Churchill's life. The introduction reminds us that the author won a Nobel Prize for Literature. That seems little wonder, and reading this book by Churchill has inspired me to look for others. Highly recommended.
Mysterious Wrench
This is a humorous and honest account that reveals why Churchill rose to the heights that he did. It is obvious he was imperfect (as we all are) and certainly carried the prejudices and conceits of his time and class. His childhood by no means was predictive of the greatness to come. In all the humorous accounts, it is painfully obvious he was a lousy student who apparently did not even finish school! His father correctly anticipated that he couldn't make it to the university. While Churchill had an affinity for the army since childhood, it took him all of three attempts to make it in. And even during the final attempt, he barely squeaked through at the bottom, because the more successful candidates preferred infantry to the expensive cavalry, which Churchill agreed to join. Churchill comes to his own in India where he not only set about to make up for lost time by reading voraciously, but grabbed every opportunity that came his way. Where there was none, he created the opportunity using all means (and they were not insignificant!) at his disposal. By sheer enthusiasm and tenacity, he became the person who was repeatedly in the right place at the right time.
Churchill certainly does not portray himself as some super natural or extraordinarily gifted individual. It is a very readable account of persistence, courage (despite at times frankly admitted fears) and carrying on despite adversity. Along the way, we learn of his romantic notions and misguided enthusiasm for war being transformed through bitter experience. For all his opportunism, Churchill also had the courage to openly condemn the less than stellar conduct of his superiors, much to his own detriment (it most probably cost him a VC).
It is the authenticity of his account written with good humor, that makes this autobiography so readable. While Churchill had the advantages of his social position, there were many others far better placed who couldn't achieve half as much. It confirms that most humans are capable of achieving greatness, if they would apply themselves and a little bit of luck smiles upon them. My only criticism is that the book ends abruptly, as if Churchill had a deadline to meet. Or, he simply got tired of the whole thing!
Humin
Winston Churchill's outstanding characteristic, for me, was his tireless participation in life, from the lowly task of wall masonry to the saving of his country from the Nazi scourge. That work ethic is evident in "My Early Life." Because he was a superior man, I never mind his superior attitude, which also comes across in this book. Churchill lived his life to the fullest in a manner that not only pleased him but benefitted others. He is someone to be emulated.
Arador
While Churchill might have been slightly blind to his parents and their affections, his portrayal of the times and the inside knowledge of the systems at work are enlightening. He describes the historical aspects and his life during this time in clear, illustrative and humorous ways. Yes, he made some colossal mistakes in his lifetime - retrospect provides a clearer picture - but this leader was amazing and I wish there were a few like him around today.
My Early Life: A Roving Commission download epub
Author: Winston S. Churchill
ISBN: 0684151545
Category: Literature & Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Scribner (June 1, 1977)
Pages: 384 pages