The last of the great statesmen, Winston Churchill, a man of multiple genius, will be fondly remembered as one of the most exasperating figures in history. Before moments of British crisis, he was so frequently right that his ability to foresee future events became a burden to his countrymen. His voice was the voice of Britain’s conscience, the court of last appeal in time of danger. Yet to the day of his retirement, he remained impish, mischievous, and remarkably boyish. Even his appearance seemed to changed little over the many years. Churchill’s must be considered the most independent spirit of modern times.