Books That Made a Difference to Kevin Spacey
The actor and producer favors nonfiction by and about the powerful.
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The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill
Churchill's inspiring leadership of the United Kingdom during World War
II is probably his most celebrated feat, but his crackling bons mots are
arguably a close second. "It's not often that we are presented with
politicians who can turn
humor on themselves and see the world in a witty way, even during very
difficult times," says Spacey. Churchill's sly observations—"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire," he once quipped about a fellow statesman—are
"in some ways very British and in other ways so universal that I always
found myself laughing," says Spacey. "These are the lines you wish you
could say when someone is rude to you, but you don't come up with them
until you're in the car going home."
— As told to Naomi Barr