In London this week one of the very few living men of whom it could be said without question: He is a great man, celebrated a birthday. Prime Minister Winston Churchill was 70.

Three years before Churchill was born, Bismarck made the German Empire Europe's No. 1 power by defeating France. This same year, and as a result of the same war, Paris gave Europe the first example of a new revolutionary political form—the commune or soviet.

During the whole course of Churchill's life, Britain had been engaged in a hidden or open life & death struggle with Germany. In World War...

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