In case you are tempted to read the memoir of the former national security advisor, I’ll try to dissuade you here. Not that I believe he violated any publishing standards (and I’m for an increase generally in book sales). But because he violated the standard of country over personal gain. So, what would you read instead?
Here’s one for you (more to come later): Erik Larson’s account of Churchill’s first year as prime minister, The Splendid and the Vile, a fairly consequential period from 1940 to 1941 that saw the first bombardments of Britain by the Luftwaffe, and a complex set of domestic political crises. Churchill was, of course, a complex character, and even now crowds are scribbling “racist” over his statues. All evidence on that score points to a conviction, but as national leader during an unprecedented and deadly crises, he had no match. It is a worthy effort to discover how he did this, almost day by day, hour by hour.