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Weekend Reads: “Churchill’s Menagerie”

Churchill's Menagerie: Winston Churchill and the Animal KingdomChurchill’s Menagerie: Winston Churchill and the Animal Kingdom by Piers Brendon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I was given the opportunity to read and review “Churchill’s Menagerie,” I imagined a more biographical/chronological take on the animal-loving side of a gifted politician. And while I did get that on some levels, it just wasn’t what I expected.

Not that this is bad, mind you.

What I got instead was a bestiary, laid out from A to Z, with a look at how Churchill either loved or reviled particular types of animals, and how he employed them as metaphors in his speeches and writing. I knew that he loved cats, dogs, and horses but, for example, I had no idea that he was an avid aquarist.

The book was easy to pick up and put down as chapters were only a few pages. This is probably why it took me a while to get through, despite being only about 300 pages.

I enjoyed it, and got a new look at an interesting personage. Recommended.

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