Browsing through the McAllen Memorial Library recently, I found one author who had 21 books of various kinds in this library.
Nobody else came close to that one man.
This was a shock to me, that Winston Spencer Churchill, probably the greatest man of the 20th Century, had written more books in this Texas library than any other author on these shelves.
So I took three of his books and learned that he had written more than I ever imagined until then. Every one of his books, all 55 of them, dating back to before the 20th Century, are still in print and still read!
I never realized until then that he was a truly great author as well as a man who had saved England in World War II and had served, nearly killed, in World War I as well.
Anyone who reads one of Churchill's books will benefit by it. The best one I read of the three this year was "Winston and Clementine: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Churchills." Richard Hough wrote that as one of the finest, certainly of the huge amount of writing by other people, as well as Churchill's.
If you think you have problems, just try reading any good book about Churchill-nearly all are favorable-you will learn how the Man of the Century, as he has been called, survived death at least a dozen times, possibly many more. Soldiers were killed all around him in the many times he risked his life as a soldier and as a war correspondent, as well as coming too close to the battles in both World Wars.
Oddly enough, other books about him have all kinds of slants, and they must run into the many hundreds, perhaps thousands, world-wide.
Churchill was prime minister of Great Britain, 1940-1945, and without doubt saved England when it stood alone and he got President Roosevelt to help save them. Strangely, the war-weary people of England did not keep him as prime minister when the war ended in 1945, but he did come back later in triumph as prime minister again, between 1951 and 1955.
His books, as well as others, are some of the best reading in all of world history. Once you start on them, you are likely to try more.
The latest book I read was exactly what it meant, full of triumphs and tragedies that are almost unbelievable, but are all witnessed and all true. In all my reading, I have never seen anything like this one.
Not only did he win the war, when Britain stood alone for two long years before the United States got into it, he managed to get President Roosevelt to side with him, even though it was the Japanese who attacked Pearl Harbor, not the Germans.
The book is so full of incredible true things, well-documented by many people, it is a book that everyone who likes history should read. It was a damn close thing, but Churchill took over after Hitler's war began, and rallied the country to an incredible comeback.
The deaths of so many people he knew in wars as a soldier, a war correspondent, and a chance-taking prime minister who was shot at too, made Winston almost a charmed man. A frightened England might have lost the whole war if he had been killed.
He had been one of three out of nearly 600 members of Parliament who refused to build more ships before the war. Hitler had hidden many things and had fooled most people that there would be no war.
Churchill led the country when war came, because he and two other men were absolutely right and his friends also had high offices.
Even people who dislike war would appreciate how Churchill managed to change the mood of the war-weary country. Then he led them to victory. After they had got him out of office when Germany quit, Churchill was one of the best persons in all history who wrote it all down as well as led a country when it was almost ruined.
Read any of his books and others, and you will not regret it. If you understand what leadership really is, you will see why Churchill has to be one of the greatest men in all history anywhere.