Book Review: Churchill’s Folly

Churchill’s Folly: How Winston Churchill Created Modern Iraq

  • Author: Christopher Catherwood
  • Year: 2004
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers
  • ISBN: 0786713518

Modern-day Iraq was pretty much invented by Winston Churchill after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

This is very informative, relevant and entertaining. Particularly interesting is the exploration of the “Lawrence of Arabia” myth… his autobiography is hugely embroidered, which I didn’t know. (Not surprising… to paraphrase Bart Simpson, “no offense, but what [I] don’t know could fill a warehouse….”) He was also a big sissy who was into Arab men; I can relate.