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SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL 1874-1965 British leader English on hisfathers side American on his mothers Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchillembodied and expressed the double vitality and the national qualities of both peoples Hisnames testify to the richness of his historic inheritance Winston after the Royalist familywith whom the Churchills married before the English Civil War Leonard after hisremarkable grandfather Leonard Jerome of New York Spencer the married name of adaughter of the 1st duke of Marlborough from whom the family descended Churchillthe family name of the 1st duke which his descendents resumed after the Battle ofWaterloo All these strands come together in a career that had no parallel in Britishhistory for richness range length and achievement Churchill took a leading part in laying the foundations of the welfare state inBritain in preparing the Royal Navy for World War I and in settling the politicalboundaries in the Middle East after the war In WORLD WAR II emerged as the leader ofthe united British nation and Commonwealth to resist the German domination of Europeas an inspirer of the resistance among free peoples and as a prime architect of victory Inthis and in the struggle against communism afterward he made himself an indispensablelink between the British and American peoples for he foresaw that the best defense forthe free world was the coming together of the English-speaking peoples Profoundlyhistorically minded he also had prophetic foresight British-American unity was themessage of his last great book A History of the English-Speaking Peoples His dominant qualities were courage and imagination Less obvious to the publicbut no less important was his powerful original and fertile intellect He had intenseloyalty marked magnanimity and generosity and an affectionate nature with a puckishhumor Oratory in which he ultimately became a master he learned the hard way but hewas a natural wit The artistic side of his temperament was displayed in his writings andoratorical style as well as in his paintingsHe was a combination of soldier writer artist
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