Know thy Enemy
A Contrast of Leaderships
The Spectator has an interesting piece on the similarities between Hitler and Churchill—and the differences in their understandings of each other.
While England had a cartoonish picture of Hitler (a madman who certainly would amount to anything, who the German and European people would certainly stop) Churchill knew the man as a man. He knew an evil person, to be sure, but one with the subtlety and shades of a real person.
Hitler, meanwhile, in the grasp of his own rhetoric and ideology, could only conceive of Churchill as a “puppet of jewry,” a “political prostitute.”
The piece outlines a number of other differences—style in dress and choice of officers to surround one—making for an interesting analysis of both upbringing and leadership.