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Churchill the master British statesman stood alone against fascism and renewed the worlds faith in the superiority of democracyThe political history of the 20th century can be written as the biographies of six men Lenin Stalin Hitler and Mao Zedong Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill The first four were totalitarians that made or used revolutions to create monstrous dictatorships Roosevelt and Churchill differed from them in being democrats And Churchill differed from Rooseveltwhile both were war leaders Churchill was uniquely stirred by the challenge of war and found his fulfillment in leading the democracies to victoryWinston Churchill was born on Nov 30 1874 at Blenheim Palace the famous palace near Oxford built by the nation for John Churchill 1st duke of Marlborough the great soldier Blenheim named after Marlboroughs grandest victory 1704 meant much to Winston Churchill In the grounds there he became engaged to his footer wife Clemintine Ogilvy Hozier He later wrote his historical masterpiece The life and Times of John Churchill Duke of Marlborough with the archives of Blenheim behind himHis father Lord Randolph Churchill was a younger son of the 7th duke of Marlborough His mother was Jennie Herome and as her mother Clara Hall was one-quarter Iroquois Sir Winston had an Indian strain in him Lord Randolph a brilliant Conservative leader who had been chancellor of the exchequer in his 30s died when only 46 after ruining his career His son wrote that one could not grow up in that household without realizing that there had been a disaster in the background It was an early spur to him to try to make up for his gifted fathers failure not only in politics and in writing but also on the turf Young Winston though the grandson of a duke had to make his own way in the world earning his living by his tongue and his pen In this he had the comradeship of his mother who was always courageous
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