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By ANDREW ROBERTS
The Splendid and the Vile is the story of the London Blitz, from the moment that Winston Churchill became prime minister on 10 May 1940, until the Luftwaffe raid that destroyed the parts of the House of Commons exactly one year later, coincidentally on the same night that Rudolf Hess flew to Scotland.
Tags: Alex Hardinge, Andrew Roberts, Averell Harriman, Dunkirk, Erik Larson, Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels, King George VI, London Blitz, Mary SOames, Pamela Churchill, Randolph Churchill, Rudolf Hess, Stalingrad, Winston S. Churchill,
By RICHARD M. LANGWORTH
Christmas at Chartwell: “No matter how humble the gift, he accepted with surprise and pleasure. ‘For me?’ he'd ask, his eyes lighting up. ‘How very kind!’”
Tags: Anthony Eden, Boer War, Clementine Churchill, Desmond Morton, Earl of Minto, Eddie Marsh, Frederick Lindemann, Jack Churchill, John Spencer-Churchill, King Edward VIII, Lady Diana Cooper, Lady Randolph Churchill, Lord Moyne, Mary SOames, Peregrine Churchill, Ralph Wigram, Redvers Buller, Richard M. Langworth, Sarah Churchill, 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 T.S.R HARDY CBE FSA
"My panic was genuine. I felt I had no qualifications whatever to attempt a Titan. Thoughts of the friendliness in Churchill’s voice fled. Robert Hardy was to climb Everest in everyday clothes with an Ordnance Map."
Tags: Anthony Hopkins, Battle of Alamein, Chartwell, Ferdinand Fairfax, Grace Hamblin, John Spencer-Churchill, Martin Gilbert, Mary SOames, Neville Chamberlain, Richard Burton, Robert Hardy, Wilderness Years, Winston S. Churchill,
By ANTOINE CAPET
Medical historians find no evidence that Churchill suffered from major depression, but his health was subject to many ailments in his final decade.
Tags: Anthony Eden, Anthony M. Daniels, Anthony Storr, Antoine Capet, Charles Wilson, Clementine Churchill, David Roberts, Emery Reves, Harold Macmillan, Henry "Chips" Channon, J. Allister Vale, Jane Portal, John W. Scadding, Lord Brain, Lord Moran, Mary SOames, R.A. Butler, Winston S. Churchill,
By JOHN H. MATHER MD
Over a century on, it is impossible to say what killed Sir Winston's father. But current evidence argues against the frequent claim of syphilis
Tags: Celia Sandys, Clementine Churchill, Frank Harris, Lord Randolph Churchill, Lord Rosebery, Mary SOames, Robson Roose, Thomas Buzzard, Wilfrid Blunt, William Osler, Winston S. Churchill,
By ANTOINE CAPET
Sphinx editors in Brussels were steeped in the war as Churchill described it. Their volumes offer a splendid collection of wartime photographs.
Tags: Anthony Eden, Antoine Capet, Éditions Le Sphinx, Frank Salisbury, Franklin Roosevelt, H.H. Kitchener, Mary SOames, Winston S. Churchill,
By JOHN H. MATHER, MD
Speaking of Britain and its Empire in 1941, Winston Churchill said: “We have not journeyed all this way across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.”1 A few weeks earlier he had advised the boys at Harrow School: “Never give in—never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”2 The image he conveyed is one of hardiness and personal toughness, and it galvanized his countrymen. Yet we rarely give thought to where he found the hardiness and resilience he conveyed.
Tags: Alan Brooke, Charles Moran, Clementine Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, Elizabeth Everest, Franklin Roosevelt, John Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Mary SOames, Sarah Churchill, Winston S. Churchill,