WOLF'S Law:Those who don't study the past will repeat its...

salmagundi

April 18, 1994

WOLF'S Law:

Those who don't study the past will repeat its errors. Those who do study it will find other ways to err.

-- Charles Wolf Jr.

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MUCH has been written about the respectful relationship between Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, two leaders of two great democracies, brought together by World War II.

But what about the relationship between Churchill and the other President Roosevelt?

A diary entry from "A Long Row of Candles," the memoirs of New York Times international correspondent C.L. Sulzberger, offers a hint:

"Washington, November 24, 1953. At dinner tonight I saw Alice Roosevelt Longworth, and during the course of our chat I mentioned the fact that I had always looked upon her father, Theodore Roosevelt, as the American equivalent to Churchill since he was an author, an adventurer, a soldier and an explorer, to say nothing of having a particular personality flair. She agreed with me, and then added something interesting. She said her father had always hated Churchill during the years he knew him. This was not only because Roosevelt and Churchill fought on different sides during the Spanish-American War, but because Churchill in his younger days had been arrogant, rude and generally insufferable . . . This, above all, Teddy Roosevelt detested."

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