GREAT BRITAIN: History's Revenge

Winston Churchill went to Manchester one day in 1906 to attend to some politicking. While there, Churchill was entertained by the local Liberal Party campaign chairman, a wealthy Jewish cotton merchant named Nathan Laski. No one seems to remember whether he met Laski's 13-year-old son, a bright-eyed, dark-haired lad named Harold Joseph.

Over the next four decades Winston Churchill got to know Harold Laski pretty well, and the better he knew him the more he disliked him—intellectually, anyway. By 1945, Harold Laski was chairman of the British Labor Party's executive committee and...

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