Books: Like a Delinquent Dunderhead

WINSTON S. CHURCHILL by Randolph S. Churchill. 614 pages. Houghfon Mifflin. $10.

"Gadzooks, what a long way that seems to take one back!" Winston Churchill, in a letter to his mother, was musing on the long reign of Queen Victoria and her death in 1901. The reader may well say "gadzooks" about the first volume of the life of Churchill by his son Randolph, which goes back even farther. Churchill, then 26, missed Queen Victoria's funeral (he was in Winnipeg winding up a profitable lecture tour); there would not be a greater one in...

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