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By RICHARD M. LANGWORTH
Breathless media admiration of Hitler’s Anschluss obscured German military deficiencies that might have mattered if the democracies had stood firm.
Tags: Adolf Hitler, Alexander Lassner, Anschluss, Case Otto, Erich Raeder, Geoffrey Dawson, Hapsburg Empire, Hearst press, Hermann Goering, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Kurt von Schuschnigg, League of Nations, Little Entente, Neville Chamberlain, Richard M. Langworth, Unity Mitford, Versailles Treaty, Werner von Blomberg, Winston S. Churchill,
By JOSIAH LEINBACH
Churchill looked back on the past with reverence and with regularity—thankfully so, for we owe him the same debt we owe to our history: gratitude.
Tags: David Lindsay Keir, edmund burke, Edward Gibbon, George Santayana, Harrow, Henry Hallam, J.H. Plumb, Joseph Addison, Josiah Leinbach, Lady Randolph Churchill, Lord Randolph Churchill, Neville Chamberlain, Sandhurst, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Tribe of Issachar, Two-Power Standard, William Shakespeare, Winston S. Churchill,
By WILLIAM J. SHEPHERD
Clews paints a loyal but frustrated Churchill who later defined the rule of the Phoney War: “Don’t be unkind to the enemy; you will only make him angry.”
Tags: Dudley Pound, Fleet Air Arm, Graham Clews, Neville Chamberlain, Norway Campaign, Stephen Roskill, William J. Shepherd, Winston S. Churchill,
By THE CHURCHILL PROJECT
It was not a broadcast appeal to the nation. Nothing so vague as that for Winston S. Churchill. It was his order to the Admiralty on 20 May 1940. The Admiralty then formed the Small Vessels Pool, in which private owners registered their craft for the mission and were given routes and charts.
Tags: Andrew Roberts, Bertram Ramsay, British Expeditionary Forces, Dunkirk, Neville Chamberlain, Nigel Sharp, Small Vessels Pool, Walter Lord, Winston S. Churchill,
By RICHARD M. LANGWORTH
McKinstry is thorough and scrupulously fair. Unlike too many historians today, he goes in with no axes to grind. He simply tells the story, backed by a voluminous bibliography, extensive research and private correspondence. In scope and balance, the book reminds us of Arthur Herman’s Gandhi and Churchill—another elegant account of two contentious figures. Like Herman, McKinstry captures Churchill’s generosity of spirit, and his rival’s greatness of soul.
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Tags: Alfred Duff Cooper, Anthony Eden, Arthur Herman, Clement Attlee, Clementine Churchill, David Hunt, Dresden, First Quebec Conference, Gallipoli campaign, Gestapo, H.G. Wells, Harold Laski, Harold Nicolson, Horace Wilson, Hugh Dalton, India act, Jock Colville, King Edward VIII, Leo McKinstry, Liberalism and the Social Problem, Neville Chamberlain, Potsdam Conference, Robert Menzies, Ronald Cohen, Stanley Baldwin, The Aftermath, The Other Club, Trade Disputes Act, Violet Attlee, Wallis Simpson, Winston S. Churchill, Yalta Conference,
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 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 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 BRADLEY P. TOLPPANNEN
"I have forfeited a great deal. I have given up an office that I loved, work in which I was deeply interested, and a staff of which any man might be proud. I have given up associations in that work with my colleagues with whom I have maintained for many years the most harmonious relations, not only as colleagues but as friends. I have given up the privilege of serving as lieutenant to a leader whom I still regard with the deepest admiration and affection. I have ruined, perhaps, my political career. But that is a little matter; I have retained something which is to me of great value—I can still walk about the world with my head erect." - Duff Cooper, 1938
Tags: Alfred Duff Cooper, Appeasement, Archibald Wavell, Douglas Haig, Harold Nicolson, J.L. Garvin, Lady Diana Cooper, Leopold Amery, Max Beaverbrook, Max Reinhardt, Munich Pact, Neville Chamberlain, Richard Law, Robert Boothby, Singapore, Talleyrand, The Other Club, Violet Bonham Carter, Walter Elliot, Winston S. Churchill,
By BRADLEY TOLPPANEN
Of all those appointed to his cabinet in May 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill had known Leo Amery the longest—back to when they were schoolboys. Despite the longevity of their relationship, they were never very close. Rather, as Robert Rhodes James wrote, “there was always a deﬁnite restraint, a lack of warmth, a noticeable caution and reserve” between them. Nevertheless, Amery played a notable part in ensuring Churchill’s premiership.
Tags: Anschluss, Appeasement, Balfour Declaration, Bradley Tolppanen, David Lloyd George, Edward Heath, Harold Macmillan, Hitler, Indian Army, Julian Amery, Leopold Amery, Munich Agreement, Neville Chamberlain, 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 TERRY REARDON
The director of the Churchill Archives Center examines Churchill’s decision-making methods on challenges and problems of the Second World War.
Tags: Allen Packwood, Archibald Wavell, Atlantic Charter, Charles de Gaulle, Claude Auchinleck, Dudley Pound, Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, Lord Beaverbrook, Lord Hankey, Neville Chamberlain, Richard Stokes, Winston S. Churchill, “Unconditional Surrender”,