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
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Since Churchill did not do well in school his father thought that he could go into the military, pairing his aggressiveness with his childhood love of playing endlessly with his tin soldiers (D’Este 11, 13; Pearson 66-67). Acting on his father’s suggestion, Churchill attended a military school instead of college where he excelled with equestrian skills (D’Este 33, 36). When Churchill was the age of twenty his father died and he was able to follow his dream, unencumbered by parental protest, to serve as a British officer instead of a foot soldier as his father had thought would be better for his character (D’Este 32, 35). Free from the opinions of his father, Winston did not become an indulgent officer as many people predicted but instead he self-focused to excel and shape himself up with “four years of healthy and pleasant exercise, combined with both responsibility and discipline” while he studied politics and politicians (D’Este 42).
Family connections arranged Churchill’s first war experience that he participated in as a witness to the Cuban guerrilla war with Spaniards (D’Este 44). At the same time Churchill took side jobs writing about the experience. Many British thought he should not have gone to Cuba and upon returning to Britain he was criticized, as he would be for all of his life (D’Este 44, 47).
In the late 1800’s he was assigned to drudgery in India instead of Africa where he had longed to go. While he was in India he had extra time which he spent on