All eyes are turned toward England today, and to understand the amazing fight she is putting up, one must have some knowledge of the man at the helm. Dynamic, dramatic, persevering, prophetic, this man of the hour is an amazing figure. Entering the army in his youth, Churchill combined soldiering and reporting in Cuba, in India under Kitchener, in the Boer War. In high command during the war, the catastrophe at Gallipoli was attributed largely to him and he was demoted to the rank of Major, only to rise again. His career in politics was equally peripatetic, as he veered from the conservative to the radical and then back again. His record of seeming inconsistency is one of basic liberalism -- for ""to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks though it contradicts everything you said today"". Soldier of sweat and blood, statesman of vision and courage, his life is an inspiring one which Kraus has portrayed with drama and vitality, and this is timely, high mettled reading which should sell well.