A Manchester Guardian journalist’s description of young Winston Churchill

I had not before encountered this sort of ambition, unabashed frankly egotistical, communicating it’s excitement, and extorting sympathy.

It was not that he was without the faculty of self-criticism. He could laugh of his dreams of glory and he had an impish fun.

Unnamed journalist from the Manchester Guardian. The Rest is History podcast episode 241, Young Churchill: Prisoner and Fugitive

That from The Rest is History podcast, with Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook. The backstory here is young Churchill is traveling on a ship with a journalist from the Manchester Guardian. After spending a few days observing young Winnie this was his brilliant description.

Ambition combined with the ability to laugh at one’s self. Potent mix, that.

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