Here is young Winston Churchill unleashed! It is interesting to look at one's land and people from the outsiders' perspective. Retrospectively, the bias, inaccuracies and what in this day and age would be deemed down right bigotry, becomes quite amusing to read. The painfully lame rationalizations for invading another nation, vilifying and holding the invaded in utter contempt, calling them barbarians and justifying ones' action on the basis of supremacy of european race, culture and civilization, reveals much about the times and people. If Churchill were a politician today and had written this book, it would have just about totaled his career and at the very least he would have been called a xenophobe. Nonetheless, it is a good account of the times. One cannot help but smile, when Churchill writes of the fast pace of life, 'modern' devices like "heliographs", the technological advancements etc., and compares it all to 'ancient' times. He also comes across as someone who does not hesitate in expressing his personal opinions and cares very much for the plight of British soldiers. However, reading this book there is scant a hint of the greatness Churchill would go on to achieve. More than superlative qualities, perhaps greatness comes by being the right person at the right place and time.