Not many people know that at 24 Winston Churchill wrote his one and only novel. He had served with the IVth Hussars in India, and to them he inscribed the book. He was himself first elected to Parliament that year. Reread today, it can be considered in double focus:- first as an allegory, the story of a mythical republic, which previews the development of now familiar totalitarian patterns; second as a foretaste of Churchill's own development along social and political lines. These two angles give the book considerably more interest than its slightly dated style would attract today. There's to be a new introduction by Sir Winston Churchill, but as of present writing this is not available. Watch for this- as it may be blown up into a newsworthy publishing event.