It is May 13, 1940, and Winston Churchill is giving an address to his fellow politicians that, as it turns out, will prove historic. Having just accepted the position of British prime minister at the beginning of World War II, Churchill eloquently pledges himself to the cause of victory. Today, the man is celebrated for this speech and others like it. Yet there are also darker aspects to his personality – and they’re worthy of consideration.

Following some difficult years in politics, Churchill eventually emerged as one of the most important figures of modern times. Having stood against Nazi Germany, he has come to represent the notions of freedom and British pugnacity for many people. Indeed, along with the United States’ Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Soviet Union’s Joseph Stalin, Churchill led the Allied forces to triumph.

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