Books: On the Way to Greatness

WINSTON S. CHURCHILL: YOUNG STATESMAN by Randolph S. Churchill. 763 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $10.

It is hard to imagine that Winston Churchill was ever young. This second volume of Randolph Churchill's five-part biography of his father presents the apprentice statesman, exuberantly flexing the first sinews of power. The book spans only 14 years, opening in 1901 with a brash Churchill of 26 taking his seat on the Tory back bench, and closes on the figure of the First Lord of the Admiralty.

Through that distant and serene period, Churchill moved with the insistent and often rude force of a man in a hurry...

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