On this day, 24 January, in 1965 Sir Winston Churchill, aged 90, slipped quietly from the world after a life perhaps better lived than any other before or since. It had taken eleven strokes to fell the man, a lifelong enthusiast of fine alcohol, Cuban cigars, perilous situations and favorable odds. Exactly 70 years on, he had died on the same date as his father, Lord Randolph Churchill.

It was too full a life to abridge here in any reasonable way, and do any reasonable justice. He was however, a Victorian gentleman, progressive in thought for Britons and the people of her dominions. A writer of immense talent and poetic historian, a cavalry officer and wartime leader; he was the last lion of the British Empire.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston S. Churchill
Not his finest hour: The dark side of Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill is rightly remembered for leading Britain through her finest hour – but what if he also led the country through her most shameful hour? What if, in addition to rousing a nation to save the world from the Nazis, he fought for a raw white supremacism and a concentration camp network of his own? This question burns through Richard Toye's new history, Churchill's Empire, and is even seeping into the Oval Office.