Alastair Borthwick was a world class leader, journalist, writer, broadcaster, and soldier in his often eventful life. His life is filling with many interests and his work is a reflection of this reality. As a writer perspectives can be taken from his work as it was mostly about war, mountaineering, and battles through the perspective of a soldier. When he did his time in the Second World War he did not recall his experiences as violent or combative but rather lonely even though he came face to face with death many times during his career. He started out as a private but then quickly worked his way all the way to corporal. His acts of valor became the clearest when he led a whole division of six hundred men through the darkness located behind enemy lines in order to evade and survive.
This was done successfully and many times more afterwards did Alastair Borthwick manage to prove his capabilities in war. Perhaps this kind of behavior could be associated with his axiom of pushing oneself a little further each time one is faced with an obstacle. His life did not start in war but in the world of writing and eventually broadcasting as well. At the age of six teen Alastair Borthwick decided to drop out of high school to work at the local newspaper in his town. His jobs varied as the demands of service varied but after going forth into writing for the Daily Mirrior he soon took up the role of broadcasting instead. His job as a broadcaster became something of a passion because although his writings complimented his broadcasting work it was his speaking abilities that made him so unforgettable. Even one of his colleagues claimed that the way he performed on the microphone was the standard for the way broadcasting ought to be done.
While broadcasting to most was an opportunity to revel in the status and elevation of power Alastair Borthwick did not see his work as such as his efforts stemmed from a place of genuinely loving what it was that he did which was broadcasting.