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A Traveller in War-Time

Winston Churchill

Book Overview: 

This is a collection of a series of journalistic articles written during his travels throughout WWI era Europe that Churchill — the American author, not the famed British statesman. The writing is sharp, straightforward, and rarely sentimental, with loads of local color and occasional humor

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I was never more aware of this than when, shortly after dawn Wednesday, the massive grey pile of the Palace of Versailles suddenly rose before me. As the motor shot through the empty Place d'Armes I made a desperate attempt to summon again a vivid impression, when I had first stood there many years ago, of an angry Paris mob beating against that grill, of the Swiss guards dying on the stairway for their Queen. But it was no use. France has undergone some subtle change, yet I knew I was in France. I knew it when we left Paris and sped through the dim leafy tunnels of the Bois; when I beheld a touch of filtered sunlight on the dense blue thatch of the 'marroniers' behind the walls of a vast estate once dedicated to the sports and pleasures of Kings; when I caught glimpses of silent chateaux mirrored in still waters.

I was on my way, with one of our naval officers, to visit an American naval base on the western coast. It was France, but the laughter had died on h. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is series of Churchill's articles concerning his observations while traveling as journalist, soldier in WW1 it runs 2:32:47
He was a journalist of great renown before he was Prime Minister, Way before. His wit and perceptive eye for nuance and details are apparent in this book of articles, put

Dated, but very much in the same line that Ernie Pyle would later take during the Second World War.

The author is the American Winston Churchill, not the famous Winston Churchill from England. His travelogue is interesting, but not compelling.