It is the time of year for lists. Here are five non-theological works of non-fiction that I enjoyed in 2014.
1. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932, by William Manchester
I love this book. How can you beat Manchester’s prose? To understand Churchill, you have to see that he was fundamentally a relic of a bygone era called to lead the greatest conflict of the modern era. But it was Churchill’s vision of England’s greatness that made him great and equal to the task. All of his upbringing and early political life is covered in this book. The book begins, however, with a fast forward to Britain’s most desperate hour during the Second World War. This chapter alone is worth the price of the book. Manchester’s description of the rescue at Dunkirk gets me weepy even now: Continue Reading →