The old saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same” is reinforced in spades by a study of the professional history of Winston Churchill. While Martin Gilbert participated in a seven-volume biography of Churchill, he also published a long, one-volume biography, “Churchill A Life,” in 1991. I have been emersed in that single volume for a while, and there are two conclusions one must reach: (1) Churchill was one of the most remarkable people who ever lived; and, (2) history does repeat itself, i.e., “the more things change. …”

In his early 20s, Churchill fought in South Africa with the British Army against the Boers. He was captured, spent time as a POW, escaped, and came back as a soldier and war correspondent. He became First Lord of the Admiralty just prior to World War I.

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Bill Bovender practices law in Kingsport. Email him at