By FRED GLUECKSTEIN
Lecture offers started arriving while Churchill was still in South Africa. The first was from Major J. B. Pond, an American agent, in March 1900. English offers followed. His South Africa exploits gave a ready subject: “The War as I Saw It.” Of course, speaking was only a temporary activity, to earn money for his political career, for Members of Parliament were not salaried until 1911. This became crucial after Churchill, as predicted, was elected MP for Oldham on 1 October 1900.
Tags: Archibald Rimrose, Arthur Balfour, Christopher Soames, Edward Gibson, Joseph Chamberlain, Lady Randolph Churchill, Lord Ashburne, Lord Derby, Lord Rosebery, Winston S. Churchill,
By TERRY REARDON
Among many close personal friendships that Churchill enjoyed in political and military life, one of the more unlikely was with a former foe, the South African statesman Jan Christian Smuts. Richard Steyn has offered a plethora of new information and insights in a readable account of this important friendship.
Tags: Alfred Milner, Apartheid, Boer War, Brendan Bracken, Cecil Rhodes, Duke of Windsor, Henry Campbell Bannerman, Jameson Raid, Jan Smuts, Joseph Chamberlain, Lord Mountbatten, Louis Botha, Paul Kruger, Richard Steyn, Terry Reardon, Treaty of Vereeniging, Winston S. Churchill,