After reading the book, I found Gilbert's website and sent a message about how amazing the book was. To my shock, Sir Gilbert sent a message back and we began emailing each other. He sent me an autographed copy of his biography which I display in my office library.
I didn't even know he was still alive. It was good timing on my part as he died the very next year. He was an amazing man and so was Winston Churchill who I consider one of the most driven men in history. This quote from Churchill says a lot about this character:
“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.”