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Winston Churchill was a writer and dominant leader of Britain born in a mansion in 1874 to unaffectionate parents he strived to please. His critical father was a politician who did not do well after his life in politics. Churchill was told by his farther that he would never amount to anything (D’Este 32, 34, 373). Churchill’s mother was a powerful woman, a daughter of a millionaire and a socialite, who Churchill admired although she was also distant with her children (D’Este 7). Churchill’s childhood foundation shaped him to become a demanding and relentless leader of Great Britain.

Churchill’s grandmother and nanny were his main caregivers until he went to boarding school where he was miserable (D’Este 13, 25). Although he excelled at memorizing he did not do well in school. Refusing to learn Greek and Latin he instead became a master of the English language which gave him the foundation to become a great writer and orator (D’Este 19, 20, 25). He was an unpopular wild and unruly child whose relationship with school mates was hostile and distant and he was remembered as a bully (D’Este 11, 13, 19; Pearson 57). His nanny, Mrs. Everest, was Churchill’s greatest ally and family resource (D’Este 11, 43). His rebellion against authority at school was mostly unknown to his parents since they did not visit and rarely communicated (D’Este 14). An example of the communication he did have was demonstrated in a letter Churchill sent to his mother in which he requested to go to France with his teacher after a visit home instead of staying with a French family. Her response was that she only read one page of his letter since the tone was inappropriate. Churchill wrote back to say she had hurt his feelings and made him so unhappy that he ma...

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...nd dominant, working early, late, and on holidays and expected his staff to do the same (D’Este 337-338, 340). He would nap in the afternoon for an hour or so then work into the wee hours of the morning with many hours spent in the war room. Although his staff found him hard to work for and described him as a spoiled child, most admired him (D’Este 342-343).

The end of war was also the time Churchill lost his power. He lost the seat of Prime Minister in 1945 but returned to power in 1951, had a stroke in 1953 and resigned as Prime Minister in 1955. Churchill had a second stroke and died in 1965 at the age of ninety. Churchill’s childhood had molded him to be the rebellious achiever which drove him in all things. Would the outcome of World War II in Britain, or the world, have been different without the leadership of Winston Churchill and his strong character?
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