Jack Kemp

On Sept. 11, 2001, America entered a new world war. Our nation had been violated by the barbarism of a new dark age. The Free World had been shaken to its core.

In the days and weeks immediately following the horrific attacks on our homeland, it seemed there was no telecast or broadcast, no newspaper or magazine that did not mention the name of Winston Churchill. The gatekeepers of information looked for guidance, inspiration and hope to the memory of one man who rallied a nation in peril to battle the forces that threatened to strike it down.

Rarely have a man and a moment been so perfectly matched than in May 1940, when Churchill became prime minister of Great Britain. His were the most dangerous of times in which the fate of the world hung in the balance. His uncertain days seemed to be waiting for a certain kind of leader, a leader with an unmatched spirit of courage and conviction.

With unwavering assurance, he believed destiny had prepared him for that moment in history. As history looks back, it is assured, as well, for without his leadership, the fate of his nation and the world would have taken a markedly different course. As world events continue to unfold, it is evident that the spirit of Churchill is still the prime requirement of this moment.

In her new book, "The Spirit of Churchill," author Deborah Brezina heralds a stirring call to this present generation to reclaim the noble heritage of those who preserved our freedom. Brezina takes the reader through the major events of World War II and presents a leader who left no room for compromise in the defense of liberty - a leader who understood he had to take a stand, regardless of the consequences.

"The Spirit of Churchill" challenges and inspires by the heroic example of a man who never gave up, who only considered victory in the face of defeat and who had indomitable determination to stand alone, if that's what it took, for what he believed was right. The book stresses a vital truth: What one believes matters. In 1940, it mattered to the whole world. In the 21st century, it still does.

On March 3, 2004, in the rush hour of a normal workweek, bombs ripped through four commuter trains in Madrid. Just a week before its national elections, Spain was hit hard by Islamic terrorists. The death toll was 132 innocent men, women and children. Many believe in the aftermath that terrorists altered an election and set a different course for a nation.

Jack Kemp

Jack Kemp is Founder and Chairman of Kemp Partners and a contributing columnist to Townhall.com.
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