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by Mark Scott-Nash

In 2007 a café owner in a small Colorado mountain town disappeared. The charismatic philosopher and expert outdoorsman walked away from the ideal life he had built in search of a greater cause. One year later Winston B. Churchill’s emaciated body was found by hikers in a remote mountain valley lying neatly outside the door of a well-stocked cabin. What he left behind was the mystery of a man compelled to undertake a fantastic journey of mental and physical extremes. He emerged as a lone voice crying in the wilderness, warning of the impending demise of civilization. Editorial Reviews Riveting! Forty Demons springs from the same "man missing in the wilderness" genre as Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild and Erik Blehm's The Last Season, but with its utterly unique and haunting story, it breaks free of all past narratives and expectations. In this exhaustively researched look into the death of Winston Branko Churchill in the Colorado wilderness, Mark Scott-Nash pulls back layer after layer of Churchill's complex personhood and the enigmatic circumstances surrounding his demise--extreme meditation, Kundalini awakenings, a controversial mining claim, the list goes on. But like Matryoshka dolls, each question Scott-Nash answers exposes a deeper mystery. I found my thoughts returning to ponder Churchill's life long after I'd finished the book. I, for one, was left believing that Churchill had found and slayed his 40 Demons. -Kristin Bjorensen, Former Editor at Backpacker Magazine and Climbing Magazine ...I read every frickin’ word and loved it! This is a great story that covers some tricky psychological ground in a fascinating manner. It was written like John McPhee was trying to get inside a crazy person's head. Bravo! -Alan Stark, Outdoor Publications Executive
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ISBN: 098507180X
ISBN13: 978-0985071806
Category: Self-Help
Subcategory: Death & Grief
Author: Mark Scott-Nash
Language: English
Publisher: SnowDragon Publishing (May 18, 2012)
Pages: 168 pages
ePUB size: 1664 kb
FB2 size: 1311 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 124
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USPS bungled the delivery of the book which I was anticipating eagerly for the holidays. Fortunately got it when I still had some time off. It is a short book (about 160 pages) and a reader can go start to end in 2 days or less. Once you start though, beware, it will be hard to put it down for other chores!

The author has indeed done a thorough analysis of Winston Branko Churchill's life. All the details has been well researched and supported by facts; his cross corroborations render a true identity to the subject. Scott-Nash has also taken great pains to amalgamate certain philosophies of the East which -- although I am quite familiar with -- were still eye openers.

Some (critical) comments:
1) The inclusion of back-country Colorado Trail maps is handy, but it should have been right next to the chapters where Winston Branko Churchill is on his pilgrimage. Also, the actual pathways that Winston trekked could have been super-imposed.

2) Wish there were more insights from Winston's mother in this book. She is the only one who has a wealth of information as to his early life and incidents therein. Did Winston exhibit philanthropic, philosophical or unusual tendencies when he was in school? Did he have any long lasting friends from his early days? Maybe if there is a subsequent sequel, I would be all-in.

3) Photographs. A few are included, but would have been fantastic to see more photos -- considering there were 1000+ in Winston's camera. Again, my guess is that these photos are being pre-screened with family for privacy and rights, and eventually may make its way in a follow-up. Better that the world appreciates them rather than collect dust in a closet.

4) Manuscript: Focused heavily on one or two sections of Winston's manuscript -- especially on his Schizophrenic-like thought process. Not sure if the entire manuscript is on those lines that the author had no choice, but any other references could make a reader understand Winston's thoughts.

That's it. Here is my take:

There can be no doubt that we all house -- in bits and pieces -- the same ideologies, passion and values that Winston harnessed. I have also thoroughly read through Chris McCandless' life. There are many similarities for sure between McCandless' and Churchill's. Their passion to lead a simplistic solitary life, to get away from a structured stereo typical society, to admire Nature, to detest big money are a common theme. Both didn't mind breaking family ties to get to their ultimate quest. Both wanted to push the envelope of life not caring for its dangers. Both were perfectionists, hard workers, direct and spontaneous. But there are as many differences in what they wanted life to offer.

One wanted to enjoy life's enriching experience with primordial support while the other wanted to sacrifice life to stop the devils from eroding the things that are dear to him -- the pristine world. One was seeking the ultimate happiness of life. The portraits of McCandless clearly reflect his mood till his passing away. Winston, however, was desperately cracking the meaning of life. His pensive appearance reflects the conundrum of life that he was desperately trying to solve till his last breath. McCandless couldn't open the escape hatch when he wanted to. The other just couldn't find the handle.

I think everyone should read the book. It is the best $10 medication for those who think the American Dream is true happiness!
I loved this book from beginning to end. It's a great (true) story of a man fed up with the monotony of day to day materialist living. He dares to live life the way he feels it should be lived. He explores the confines of his mind and of reality and I was drawn in every step of the way. Be prepared to doubt yourself and the way you've been living. One of the greatest stories I've ever read