Occasional musings about academia, research, travel, arts, and, most importantly, cycling.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
"History of the English Speaking Peoples"
Say what you will about Winston Churchill as a politician or military strategist, the man could write! His facility with the English language, both spoken and written, remains nearly unequaled more than 50 years after his death. It is well displayed in his History of the English Speaking Peoples, of which I've just finished the first (of four) volumes. I'm no expert in the history of England, so I cannot really speak to the quality of Churchill's book as history. Churchill was not, and did not purport to be, a professional historian. But the book is a sheer delight to read. It is the kind of accomplishment that most writers would consider a crowning achievement. For Churchill, it was only one among many.