By RICHARD M. LANGWORTH
Episode 8 of "The Wilderness Years" captures a dramatic scene from Churchill’s memoirs. Chamberlain, he wrote, “had scarcely ceased speaking when a strange, prolonged, wailing noise, afterwards to become familiar, broke upon the ear. My wife came into the room braced by the crisis [and] we made our way to the shelter assigned to us, armed with a bottle of brandy and other appropriate medical comforts.” There, to his astonishment, Churchill is cheered by Londoners.
By RICHARD M. LANGWORTH
Flying Peril: The threat of a German air force superior to Britain’s, denied for years by British leaders, proved only too true. This fifth episode of “The Wilderness Years” introduces two of the people who, at the risk of their careers, provided Churchill with secret information on German rearmament.
By RICHARD M. LANGWORTH
In Munich on 30 August 1932, six months before Hitler took power in Germany, Winston Churchill came as close as he ever would to meeting Hitler face to face, amid sobering scenes of marching, chanting brownshirts singing Die Horst Wessel Lied.
By THE CHURCHILL PROJECT
Ever since the producers of “The Wilderness Years” television documentary (1982) took liberties by suggesting that Wigram was a suicide, it has been broadly accepted as fact. Indeed recently another myth was layered on to this one: that Wigram’s parents didn’t attend his funeral in Sussex because suicide was proscribed by the Church.
By STEVEN GOLDFIEN M.D.
It’s no coincidence that Winston Churchill, perhaps the greatest statesman in living memory, was remarkably well-versed in history and classic literature. His own writing earned a Nobel Prize, much of it on history and the philosophy of government. Churchill had a profound grasp of human knowledge, learning and behavior, transcending both time and culture. Thus he distilled and expressed the essence of complex issues, making them both approachable and politically effective.
Tags: Annual Register, Federalist Papers, Gibbon, Macaulay, Plato, Robert Hardy, Wilderness Years, Winston S. Churchill,
By T.S.R. HARDY CBE FSA
"Several times again I attempted to climb the peak. I came away from my mountain climbing with a little more understanding, perhaps a few more skills. But mostly I came away with a radiant and profound affection for the mountain himself. Playing him was one of the best things that has ever befallen me. I shall never look down from that peak—but as long as I live I shall delight in gazing upwards towards those towering rocks." - Robert Hardy
Tags: Blenheim Palace, Chartwell, Dan Curtis, David Susskind, Ferdinand Fairfax, Grace Hamblin, Jo Onslow, Mary SOames, Robert Hardy, Wilderness Years, Winston S. Churchill,
By LARRY P. ARNN
In the best biography since 1991, Roberts's witty, fluent, flowing prose captures the adventure, energy, and incessant movement that Churchill produced.
Tags: Andrew Roberts, Brendan Bracken, Clement Attlee, Horace Wilson, Ivan Maisky, King George VI, Larry P. Arnn, Lord Halifax, Neville Chamberlain, Randolph S. Churchill, Roger Keyes, Winston S. Churchill,
By ANDREW ROBERTS
Sharing Churchill’s appreciation of the wisdom of Edmund Burke, Andrew Roberts compares the two great figures, and wonders what they’d make of Brexit.
Tags: "history of the english-speaking peoples", "reflections on the revolution in france", Andrew Roberts, brexit, David Lloyd George, edmund burke, george washington, irish republic, northern ireland, Stanley Baldwin, the new criterion, william pitt the elder, Winston S. Churchill, woodrow wilson,
By JAMES W. MULLER
Dr. James Muller analyzes the early life of Winston Churchilll through the film "Young Winston" and Churchill's autobiography
Tags: Anne Bancroft, Harrow, John Farmer, Leo Amery, Lord Randolph Churchill, My Early Life, Richard Attenborough, Robert Shaw, Simon Ward, Winston Churchill, Young Winston,
By JOHN FLEET
"In a cinematic sense Churchill and Korda imparted an idea of Britain, and by extension the Western world. In gratitude, I hope their legacy will endure."
Tags: Alexander Korda, Alfred Duff Cooper, Battle of Trafalgar, Béla Kun, Charlie Chaplin, Eleftherios Venizelos, First Duke of Marlborough, Gone with the Wind, Horatio Nelson, John Churchill, John Fleet, Joseph P. Kennedy, King George V, King Henry VIII, King Philip II, Louis XIV, Miklós Horthy, Queen Elizabeth I, Thomas Cromwell, Vivien Leigh, Winston Churchill,
By FRED GLUECKSTEIN
Churchill was a devotee of Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) the English poet, short-story writer and novelist, who in 1907 won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Kipling’s majestic novels of the old Empire struck a romantic chord in the young Winston. Later they studded his books and speeches.