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8 review for Happy Warrior: The life story of Sir Winston Churchill as told through Great Britain's Eagle comic of the 1950s

  1. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    When I was a young lad in 1970s California, my British mother arranged for me to get "The Victor", an English Comic of the post war era. Every issue was wrapped with a British Army Heroic moment, usually the story of a Medal awarded in WWI or II. In the interior were graphic novels in serial form- and sports and history too. I was transported back to that world by this book- the collected story of British Hero Winston Churchill- that originally ran in the Eagle comic in the 1950s. This edition f When I was a young lad in 1970s California, my British mother arranged for me to get "The Victor", an English Comic of the post war era. Every issue was wrapped with a British Army Heroic moment, usually the story of a Medal awarded in WWI or II. In the interior were graphic novels in serial form- and sports and history too. I was transported back to that world by this book- the collected story of British Hero Winston Churchill- that originally ran in the Eagle comic in the 1950s. This edition features some great commentary by Richard Langworth CBE, a noted Churchill Scholar, and really does the original proud. The content is just what you want and expect, a simplified history of the Young Churchill (Sandhurst, India, Writing, Sudan, Boer war, Captivity, Escape, Writing, Politics) and then the World Wars (Admiralty, Gallipoli, France, Government, Wilderness, Rise of Fascism, War, Loss of France, Standing alone, Battle of Britain, Managing Stalin and Roosevelt, Victory, Swept out of Office in 1945). All the highlights are there- in glorious colour and aimed at a 6 to 11 year old Boy's attention span. I loved every minute of it...but it may not be for everyone. OK. This is a book about Churchill from the 1950s. Probably ran the whole series BEFORE THE SUEZ CRISIS OF 1956. So don't expect ANY of the real complicated bits about Churchill's legacy. The book is filled with Colonialist and Imperial narratives that will not feel up to date. There is NO real negative content about the British Hero- none of the racism he often professed- and none of the decisions he made that hurt millions of imperial subjects ( his record on Indian crop failures is abysmal). Churchill was a brilliant, mercurial and ultimately complicated man, and this book chooses to focus strongly on the good - as you would expect in a book aimed at Junior Readers in the Post War/Cold War era. This sort of "Boys Own" approach is perfectly fine for the role this Graphic history was meant to fill. But it does represent a great launching point for a life long interest in History- as it was intended. The pace and word level are designed for the Junior reader in the 6-11 range, with the Graphic content at a similar level. For the Gamer/Modeller/Military Enthusiast, this is a book more about working up boyish(Childish- I know this will resonate with some girls too) enthusiasm for Gaming/Modeling/More Reading. There are a few cool frames that will translate to interesting Dioramas for the creative modeler- but I think this is mostly a motivational book for the history enthusiast community. Reading it took me back to rainy San Francisco days with a stack of Comic books- and the Airfix plastic soldiers... I think it will have that effect on a lot of old codgers like me... across a pond or two. But I also got the book to give to my British Grand Niece and Nephew- so they can know at least a part of their history... to close a circle.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David P. Johnson

  3. 4 out of 5

    George Seminara

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sheila McCarthy

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alex Fernandez

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bri

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