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CHAPTER TEN

SOULS ON FIRE

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.

Ferdinand Foch (1851–1929), French field marshal

A CONCERNED mother sat down and wrote a letter to her son, taking him to task for his inactivity and seeming lack of direction in life. She reminded him that at the age of twenty-two, he needed not only to find a purpose in life, but to work hard to achieve it. “Life means work,” she wrote, “and hard work if you mean to succeed.” I think it’s safe to say that Jennie Churchill’s letter to her son had the desired effect. But Winston Churchill wasn’t the only youth searching for a purpose in life at the close of ...

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