Posts tagged with "history"
This in-depth book takes a look at the lives of the Churchills from the 19th century through the 20th. Its main focus is Winston Churchill's family and his cousin the Duke of Marlborough. The first chapter gives us a little back ground into the first Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill and his beloved wife Sarah. But true love matches in the Churchill line are few and far between.
Winston Churchill's mother was an American heiress who fell in love with Sir Randolph while visiting England. They cared for each other even through Sir Randolph's very difficult brain fever as a result of syphilis. Winston and his brother Jack also made happy love matches. They were the exception. Even their children couldn't find true love.
The saddest are the Dukes of Marlborough. Saddled with keeping up Blenheim Palace this bunch of rogues first would marry for money. Consuelo Vanderbilt, 18 years old, cried as she walked up the aisle to marry the Duke of Marlborough. Her mother wanted her to marry a titled man so as to show off Mrs. Astor--who ruled New York at the time. Consuelo gave the Duke "an heir and a spare," and was out of the marriage by 23. Her life luckily turned much happier after she left the Churchill family.
Lovell also focuses on the Churchills during three wars, the Boer War, WWI, and WWII. Winston Churchill's father, Randolph was involved with the Boer war. Winston and Jack's involvement in WWI was difficult for the family especially when Winston was charged with the responsibility of the failure at Gallipoli. Of course, Winston also dominates the WWII years. By this time, both his and Jack's sons are in the war too.
An interesting look at the background and loves of one of the greatest men of the 20th century, Winston Churchill. When reading about the lives of the Dukes or Marlborough, you can understand why Winston Churchill turned down a dukedom. He didn't want to saddle his children with the burden. He saw what it did to his cousins.
You don't have to be a gardener or a drinker (although it wouldn't hurt) to appreciate this witty, fascinating account of the history of plants as they have been used to make alcohol. Amy Stewart has a conversational tone as she shares her enthusiasm for the seemingly endless diversity of the plant world and the equally boundless innovation of humans to make intoxicating beverages from said plants.
This beautiful edition has quick, engaging anecdotes for those of us with a short attention span, and it has gardening tips for cultivating many of the plants included. Stewart also includes many of her own recipes as well of those of people she has met from all over the globe. Some of the recipes are classics, and some are very edgy.
So if you want to explore the correct method for "dancing with the green fairy" or you just want a great non-fiction read, check out The Drunken Botanist.
1779 - Penobscot Bay, Revolutionary America: British forces have occupied the Bay (in what will become Maine), harassing the revolutionary forces and sheltering those still loyal to the King. The Americans dispatch experienced officers leading a much greater force against this garrison and naval base - and the American forces suffer a naval defeat unequaled in significance until the attack on Pearl Harbor.
This defeat changes the lives of two men: John Moore, a Scottish Lieutenant on the British forces who goes on to an illustrious military career. The other is an American; a Boston silversmith who faces court-martial for disobedience and cowardice. That silversmith is named Paul Revere.
Surprising stuff, here- grounded in fact! I want to find out more about this!
Bernard Cornwell is a martial master. You've probably heard of his Sharpe's series... incredibly popular books about one man in the Napoleonic Wars (made into a wildly successful television series that has appeared on PBS to great acclaim).
This guy knows war- and how to write it. Read it? Report! (And let me know what you think!)