Sir Winston Churchill has been hailed as the “saviour” of his nation and the greatest Briton of all time. Also revered in America, he possessed enormous physical and political courage and became a giant of the 20th century. His view of the world continues to influence today’s international landscape. But the popular, triumphant image forged during World War II presents an incomplete picture, as he also experienced humiliating failures and intense ridicule during his long career. Churchill’s upbringing was privileged but unhappy, and relationships in his own family were atypical. He pursued multiple passions energetically, ranging from politics and defense of the British Empire to writing and painting. But he had to contend with his inner demons and overwhelming ambition, and was often perceived as arrogant, boorish, and inflexible. The primary text will be Churchill: A Study In Greatness by Geoffrey Best (Oxford University Press, 2003). Relying on this book, and other materials to be distributed in class, the group will discuss key events in Churchill’s life to gain an understanding of his personality, motivations, and worldview in an era of profound change. Participants will actively debate Churchill’s reputation as a statesman and his continuing geopolitical legacy. No class on 9/19/18 and 11/21/18. Make-up class will be scheduled for December.