Finest Hour 130

The Chartwell Visitors Book

FINEST HOUR 130, SPRING 2006

ULTIMATE CHURCHILLIANA? The Chartwell guest book, 224 pages long, is a witness to the comings of goings of the good and the great (and not so great) in the most crucial years of the 20th century.

BY DAVID HATTER

Mr. Hatter is a steward and tour guide at Chartwell and author of Churchill: His Politics and Writing. He thanks Lady Soames, who kindly read the text and provided essential information; and to Douglas Austin, Neville Snazel and John Whaler of Chartwell for their work on the Visitors Book project. The full list of names will soon be posted on the Centre website. If you can identify any of our unknowns, please email the author at david@dhatter.wanadoo.co.uk. Read More >

Inside the Journals

FINEST HOUR 130, SPRING 2006

ABSTRACT BY ROBERT A. COURTS

ABSTRACT
“The Man Who Made His Own History,” by Richard Holmes. BBC History Magazine, April 2005. Read More >

Immortal Words: “ The Senior Dominion Of The Crown”

The United States of Europe

FROM THE CANON: FINEST HOUR 130, SPRING 2006

BY WINSTON S. CHURCHILL, 1938, PART 2

ABSTRACT
“WE ARE BOUND to further every honest and practical step which the nations of Europe may make to reduce the barriers which divide them and to nourish their common interests and their common welfare. We rejoice at every diminution of the internal tariffs and the martial armaments of Europe. We see nothing but good and hope in a richer, freer, more contented European commonalty.” Read More >

A Tribute to Tom Brokaw

EMERY REVES AWARD 2005: FINEST HOUR 130, SPRING 2006

ABSTRACT
THE CHURCHILL CENTRE’S benefit dinner in Chicago November 8th honored Tom Brokaw for lifetime achievement in journalism. Emery Reves would have been proud. Read More >

Washington, October 18th – The Fifth Churchill Lecture and First Teacher Seminar

FINEST HOUR 130, SPRING 2006

ABSTRACT
THE CHURCHILL CENTRE crammed a cornucopia of activities into October 18th, from our all-day seminar for high school teachers to a benefit dinner with the official biographer and Senator John McCain—all supported through generous grants and our members. Read More >

Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King

FINEST HOUR 130, SPRING 2006

BY TERRY REARDON

ABSTRACT
1948: “He said, ‘You have built a bridge between the U.S. and the U.K.’ I said, ‘God bless you.’ He came to my bedside and his eyes filled with tears. He shook my hands very warmly and affectionately.” Read More >

Echoes and Memories: Quebec City 2005

FINEST HOUR 130, SPRING 2006

BY TERRY REARDON

Mr. Reardon, a retired banker from Toronto, is Recording Secretary of the International Churchill Society, Canada.

ABSTRACT
“PLANNING FOR VICTORY”: A great theme, a grand hotel, the best scholars, and the Great Man’s daughter for company. It just doesn’t get any better than that. Read More >

Action this Day

ACTION THIS DAY: FINEST HOUR 130, SPRING 2006

BY MICHAEL MCMENAMIN

ABSTRACT
“Stalin always kept his word with me. I remember particularly saying to him when I visited Moscow in 1944, ‘You keep Roumania and Bulgaria in your sphere of influence,’ but he let me have Greece.” —Churchill to Eisenhower, 1956 Read More >

Correct Attributions or Red Herrings?

WIT AND WISDOM: FINEST HOUR 130, SPRING 2006 Read More >

Riddles, Mysteries, Enigmas

RIDDLES, MYSTERIES, ENIGMAS: FINEST HOUR 130, SPRING 2006 Read More >

Around and About

AROUND AND ABOUT: FINEST HOUR 130, SPRING 2006 Read More >

UK News

Quotation of the Season

QUOTATION OF THE SEASON: FINEST HOUR 130, SPRING 2006 Read More >

Datelines

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