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By BRADLEY TOLPPANEN
Lifetime friend and trusted collaborator, Louis Spears knew France and the French as few Britons, serving faithfully in peace and war.
Tags: Alfred Duff Cooper, Anthony Eden, Archibald Sinclair, Bradley Tolppanen, Charles de Gaulle, Charles Lanrezac, Dakar Expedition, Fashoda Incident, Georges Clemenceau, Harold Macmillan, Louis Spears, Neville Chamberlain, Paul Reynaud, Stanley Baldwin, Vichy France, Winston S. Churchill,
By FRED GLUECKSTEIN
Lady Violet: “He had no doubts about his star. He felt that he had been preserved through many perils in order to fulfil its purpose.”
Tags: Clementine Churchill, David Lloyd George, Edward Beneš, Fred Glueckstein, H.H. Asquith, Harold Nicolson, Liberal Party, Marlborough, Stanley Baldwin, Violet Bonham Carter, Winston S. Churchill,
By BRADLEY P. TOLPPANEN
Sinclair aging: “He did so much and worried so greatly on account of the boys who lost their lives…no wonder that he is now a war casualty.”
Tags: Archibald Sinclair, Arthur Greenwood, Arthur Tedder, Battle of Moreuil Wood, Bradley P. Tolppanen, Charles Portal, Clement Attlee, Cyril Newall, Edward Halifax, Edward Spears, Gerard De Groot, H.H. Asquith, Harold Macmillan, Hugh Dowding, Jack Seely, Leopold Amery, Max Beaverbrook, Munich, Neville Chamberlain, Ottawa Conference, Sholto Douglas, Stanley Baldwin, The Other Club, Winston S. Churchill,
By CASEY J. WHEATLAND
The Churchill revealed by Nester is a model of statesmanship: prescient and competent, but accompanied by certain errors of strategy.
Tags: Battle of Omdurman, Boer War, Casey J. Wheatland, Dardanelles, Herbert Kitchener, Italian Campaign, Mark Clark, Ramsay MacDonald, Richard O’Connor, Sackville Carden, Stanley Baldwin, tanks, Winston S. Churchill,
By FRED GLUECKSTEIN
Throwback to vanished age, Sassoon served his country in war and peace, and entertained the glitterati at his palatial mansions. He died too young.
Tags: Anthony Eden, David Lloyd George, Douglas Haig, Fred Glueckstein, Gallipoli, Gallipoli campaign, John French, Kenneth Clark, Marthe Bibesco, Philip Sassoon, Philip Tilden, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Richard Tauber, Robert Boothby, Samuel Hoare, Siegfried Sassoon, Stanley Baldwin, Winston S. Churchill,
By ANTOINE CAPET
Churchill was an early and steady supporter of a Channel Tunnel, which was first proposed in 1751. For most of his life he joined in lively and almost continuous discussion of “a fixed link with the Continent.” Indeed, during the 1924-1929 Conservative government, Churchill was seen as “the leading political advocate of a tunnel.”
Tags: Antoine Capet, Arthur Balfour, Austen Chamberlain, Channel Tunnel Company, Churchill Documents, conscience vote, David Lloyd George, Douglas Haig, Entente Cordiale, European Coal and Steel Community, Free Vote, George Curzon, H.H. Asquith, Herbert Kitchener, Herbert Morrison, Jean Monnet, Joseph Chamberlain, Lord Randolph Churchill, Maurice Hankey, Operation Sea Lion, Prince Louis of Battenberg, Ramsay MacDonald, Samuel Hoare, Sir Henry Wilson, Sir John Fisher, Sir John French, Stanley Baldwin, W.H. Smith, Winston S. Churchill,
By RICHARD LANGWORTH
Only a statesman with the broad tolerance of Winston Churchill could laugh off Shaw’s politics while acknowledging his literary genius.
Tags: Abdication Crisis, George Bernard Shaw, Josef Stalin, King Edward VIII, Maxim Litvinov, Nancy Astor, Stanley Baldwin, Vladimir Lenin, Winston S. Churchill,
By MICHAEL RICHARDS
Churchill offers thoughtful ideas on when representative government may be supplemented by a national vote. Above all, he thought the referendum must be rare. Only eleven times in his long career was there a call for a referendum. Only six times did he support it.
Tags: Archibald Sinclair, Arthur Balfour, Charles Coughlan, Clement Attlee, constitutionalism, David Lloyd George, Devolution, F.E. Smith, Free Trade, George Curzon, H.H. Asquith, House of Lords, Irish Home Rule, Irish Treaty, Jan Smuts, Joseph Chamberlain, Kevin Theakston, Parliament Act 1911, referendum, Responsible Government, Rhodesia, Richard M. Langworth, Stanley Baldwin, Tariffs, Ulster, Winston S. Churchill, Women Suffrage,
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.
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 ANDREW ROBERTS
Churchill told the story of his ancestor in beautiful Augustan Age prose, but also discovered new sources and corrected earlier historians’ errors. Mastering foreign language documents, he produced an outstanding work of history as well as literature, one that appealed to an academic as well as to a popular audience. All this came from someone whose father had said: “He has little [claim] to cleverness, to knowledge or any capacity for settled work.”
Tags: Alfred Duff Cooper, Andrew Roberts, Charles II of Spain, First Duke of Marlborough, Franklin Roosevelt, Glorious Revolution, Harold Macmillan, James Roosevelt, John Churchill, Louis XIV, Maurice Ashley, Napoleon, National Government, Stanley Baldwin, The Other Club, Thomas Babington Macaulay, War of the Spanish Succession, William III, Winston S. Churchill,
By RICHARD M. LANGWORTH
This is just a representative fraction of Piers Brendon’s comprehensive book. He avoids repeating material in several previous accounts, and goes much deeper into the subject. Most of the anecdotes have not appeared previously and are thus quite valuable. Anyone interested in the personal side of the great man owes it to themselves to buy a copy.
Tags: Anthony Montague Browne, Chartwell, Diana Cooper, Jock Colville, Piers Brendon, R.A. Butler, Ramsay MacDonald, Stanley Baldwin, 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,