Troublesome Young Men

When Lynne Olson's  Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill To Power And Helped Saved England was released a few years ago I kept looking at it. It took me a long time to buy it because I knew I had lots of non-fiction on my shelves that needed to be read and I was trying not to bring home books because we were running out of space to store them. Eventually, as I knew I would, I caved and bought it and then it sat on my shelves for quite awhile. After finishing Anne de Courcy's book about the 1939 debutante season I thought it would be a great time to finally pick up Troublesome Young Men and read it since it's the same time period.

I've been kind of interested in Winston Churchill for awhile. I think it can take it back to my WWII history professor in university. He liked to play tapes of Churchill's speeches and Churchill was a very commanding speaker. I knew that Churchill had ousted Chamberlain as Prime Minister. I knew and understand about union governments. I am Canadian after all. I never really knew what it took to get him there though. It's mostly just explained away in a couple of pages in the larger histories.

Troublesome Young Men is an interesting book. It mixes political history with social history. We learn about what was happening in many people's private lives. We actually see very little about Churchill, who it turns out was rather reluctant to oust Chamberlain. No this really is about all the young rebels as they were called. That these young men broke away from their own party, and in many cases their party elders, and brought about a vote of no confidence in their prime minister really was quite revolutionary.

I'm really enjoying the non-fiction reading I've been doing. I think it's going to be a non-fictiony year.