Tuesday March 26, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed Llewellyn King’s article about Cita Stelzer’s book "Dinner with Churchill" on the op-ed page of the Sunday Eagle of March 24. And I quite agree with his assertion that the best way to enjoy the vast and daunting array of books about Winston Churchill is to seek out and read the smaller books about him, those which, as King puts it, "are a joy for readers, who treasure taking their Churchillian history in delectable bites."

I have found that life and learning is most often best taken in small sips rather than large gulps, that one might savor each experience and more propitiously learn from each encounter, in this case, from books and in particular, books about the great statesman Winston Churchill. There are books about Churchill, as King also states, that are simply too long and too arduous a task to get through.

With that in mind, for those of your readers interested, three of the best (and, indeed, shortest) books I’ve read that reveal the inner Churchill are "Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill" by Barry Singer, 2012; "Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill: A Brief Account of a Long Life" by Gretchen Rubin (who also used this "40 ways of looking at" approach with JFK), 2004; and "The Greatest Briton: Essays on Churchill’s Life and Political Philosophy" by Jeremy Havardi, 2009. These are genuinely excellent books, in particular "Churchill Style," which remains one of the very best books I’ve ever read about Churchill, or anyone else for that matter.

In closing, may I say that articles about books are well worth the Eagle’s investment and any reader’s time, and King’s column is certainly proof of that. STEVEN PEASLEE

Pittsfield