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By WILLIAM J. SHEPHERD
Stafford’s description of this critical year is masterful. In 1921 the former “bold, bad man” of British national life rose above his reputation as a war-mongering opportunist. The picture is of a reflective and vulnerable man of character, strengthened by every reverse—a man of vision and, to a few observers, “a prime minister in the making.” Really good books about Churchill are scarce these days, and deserve full appreciation. This one belongs on any list of the top twenty specialized studies.
Tags: Balfour Declartion, Cairo Conference, Chaim Weizmann, Clare Sheridan, Clementine Churchill, David Lloyd George, David Stafford, Eddie Marsh, Ernest Cassel, F.E. Smith, Gertrude Bell, Herbert Lionel Vane-Tempest, Iraq, Irish Treaty, Jordan, King Faisal, Lady Randolph Churchill, Marigold Churchill, Max Beaverbrook, Mesopotamia, Palestine, Singapore, T.E. Lawrence, Two-Power Standard, Washington Naval Treaty, Winston S. Churchill,
By SIR MARTIN GILBERT
Sir Martin’s reflections after finishing the final narrative volume are reprised as Hillsdale completes the final document volume in the Great Biography.
Tags: Clementine Churchill, Enigma, Lord Moran, Martin Gilbert, Merton College Oxford, Michael Wolff, Pamela Lytton, Randolph Churchill, Winston S. Churchill,
By MICHAEL McMENAMIN
Bouverie’s dismissal of the 1938 plot as “probably correctly” a fantasy is quite inexplicable. He lists Meehan’s book in his bibliography along with the memoirs of Erich Kordt, who wrote that swallowing Hitler’s terms at Munich “prevented the coup d’état in Berlin.” Even Henderson, the pro-Chamberlain British ambassador to Germany, thought the Hitler plot genuine. On 6 October, a week after Munich, Henderson wrote Halifax: “By keeping the peace, we have saved Hitler and his regime.”
Tags: . Hans Oster, Edward Halifax, Erich Kordt, Ernst von Weizacker, Erwin von Witzleben, Ewald von Kleist-Schmenzin, Franz Halder, Hans Gisevius, Hjalmar Schacht, Ludwig Beck, Michael McMenamin, Nevile Henderson, Neville Chamberlain, Robert Vansittart, Steven Roberts, Theo Kordt, Tim Bouverie, Walter von Brauchitsch, Walter von Brockdorf, Wilhelm Canaris, Winston S. Churchill,
By ANDREW ROBERTS
Volume 22 of the Churchill Documents contains Churchill's documentary record from the 1945 election and his return to the premiership in October 1951. It is a curiously under-examined part of Churchill’s career. Yet it encompassed the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan and her subsequent surrender, his Iron Curtain speech in Missouri, the partition of India and the creation of Israel, the Berlin airlift, and the founding of NATO and the European movement. Upon all of these, Churchill took important stances.
Tags: Andrew Roberts, Arthur Harris, Chaim Weizmann, Clement Attlee, Douglas MacArthur, Dresden bombing, Emery Reves, Harry Legg-Bourke, Iron Curtain Speech, Maurice Gamelin, Maxime Weygand, Winston S. Churchill,
By BRADLEY TOLPPANEN
McKercher and Capet have provided a collection of substantive and challenging essays. Their book offers many useful observations that will stimulate further historical discussion and scholarship.
Tags: Antoine Capet, B.J.C. McKercher, Christopher Bell, James W. Muller, John Maurer, John W. Young, Richard Toye, Warren Dokter, Will Morrisey, Winston S. Churchill,
By RICHARD M. LANGWORTH
"Working with Winston: The Unsung Women," by Cita Stelzer, shows the importance Churchill attached to everything, from routine domestic matters to the terror of imminent extinction. This book is essential to understand the rounded picture.
Tags: Churchill Archives Centre, Cita Stelzer, Elizabeth Layton Nel, Grace Hamblin, Kathleen Hill, Violet Pearman, Winston S. Churchill,
By PAUL ADDISON
Both Churchill and Chamberlain understood that Nazi Germany was a time bomb. But whereas Chamberlain imagined that it could be defused by diplomacy, Churchill believed that it could only be defused by force, or the threat of force. When the diplomacy of appeasement failed Chamberlain was compelled to accept—albeit with the profound reluctance of a man who loathed war—that no other response was possible. In the final analysis the British Empire, which was already in decline, had to be sacrificed so that Britain itself could live.
Tags: F.E. Smith Lord Birkenhead, Hoare-Laval Pact, John Simon, Lord Halifax, Maurice Cowling, Mohandas Gandhi, Munich Agreement, Neville Chamberlain, Paul Addison, Robert Crowcroft, Stanley Baldwin, Winston S. Churchill,
By WARREN F. KIMBALL
Why would Hamilton raise the inconsequential to the significant? With admirers like this, Churchill’s memory needs no enemies.
Tags: Alan Brooke, Alex Danchev, Anzio, Arthur Bryant, D-Day, Daniel Todman, David Reynolds, Elliott Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Josef Stalin, Lend Lease, Leo Tolstoy, Lord Moran, Mackenzie King, Nigel Hamilton, Operation Overlord, Teheran Conference, Winston S. Churchill,