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Businessman who discovered Churchill's WW2 memoirs by accident at a second hand book store and subsequently fell under his spell.

Background Information

I am the wrong side of 40, have a career as a manager in a big company in the UK. I am lucky enough to live with my wife and kids in a lovely part of the English countryside.

I always had the idea to write a book if I could find a topic that would inspire me. I started listening to history books on my Ipod and Churchill's WW2 memoirs were mentioned. I was out on a day trip with the family and happened upon a second hand book warehouse the kids were looking for fishing, my wife was looking for interiors books and I thought what should I look for. Then the idea of trying to track down Churchill's memoirs came to me. I managed to get all 6 original copies for $50.

I started reading them and was absorbed by the information and the writing. I noticed that every now and again Churchill would offer the reader some advice, by the fifth book I was so impressed with how often this advice was relevant to my own business situation I was inspired write a book about it.

It seemed a great shame that current generations would miss out on Churchill's decades of Wisdom and experience. My new book is the result of many years of research and discovery.

I don't particularly like reading business books as I find that after the first 50 pages I have pretty much got the message, the rest of the book then tries to replay the same thing over and over to fill the pages. In addition most of them are as dry as dust.

I determined early on that my book should not fall into the same trap, It is split into 21 chapters each of which stand alone, each chapter is packed full of interesting WW2 stories and anecdotes which enhance the particular Secret Skill I describe.

I wanted to make my book practical for normal people, so many business books are written from the perspective of some multi-millionaire CEO and are completely irrelevant to the vast majority of business people. I use examples from my own business career to link the messages in the book to normal working life and situations.

It is my first book and has received some great reviews I hope you like it. If I have done my job well you should find it fascinating, informative, entertaining and full of practical business advice to enhance and improve your business skills.


Plenty in my business career, absolutely no awards so far for writing.

Additional Information

I recently had a great review by Angloaddict:- The book Churchill's Secret Skills by Binden Shovel has a unique point of view: it takes examples of Churchill's expertise in leading Britain through the horrors of World War II, and applies them to the modern business world. In addition to providing real-world examples of business situations, the book is also a wealth of information about how Churchill skillfully dealt with very difficult people and problems. The subtitle of the book, "Keeping the Nazis off the beaches required more than fine speeches" is a humorous indication of the way the book delves behind the public persona of Churchill and examines his more subtle skills. The chapter titles of the book indicate some of the advice that can be gleaned from observing Churchill's actions: The Weapon of Courtesy and Consideration; Tell it Like it is, Nicely!; Success is Hidden in Details; Focus on the Payoff and Put on a Show are some of the 21 chapters in the book. The author, Binden Shovel, spent a great deal of time reading and analyzing Churchill's writings. Some of Churchill's memos and letters are included to help to illustrate particular points. The author also has a great deal of experience in the business world, and has dealt with superiors and subordinates who provide ample material for both what to do and what NOT to do! Anyone who enjoys World War II and history will get a kick out of reading this book, and people who work in the modern business world can also pick up lots of useful tips and examples for becoming more effective in the workplace. Final Verdict for Churchill's Secret Skills: Four Gherkins out of Five for being a modern business novel with interesting historical roots!

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