Finest Hour 142

Ampersand

FINEST HOUR 142, SPRING 2009

BY PAUL H. COURTENAY AND THE EDITOR

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A potpourri of grist that didn’t fit elsewhere Read More >

Churchill Quiz

CHURCHILL QUIZ: FIN EST HOUR 142, SPRING 2009

BY JAMES R. LANCASTER

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“Congratulations on becoming an officer and a gentleman. Don’t let the double promotion go to your head.” —WSC, 1895  Read More >

Leading Churchill Myths

FINEST HOUR 142, SPRING 2009

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Myth: “Churchill Caused the 1943-45 Bengal Famine”
Fact: The Blame Rests with the Japanese Read More >

Churchill and Orwell

FINEST HOUR 142, SPRING 2009

BY ROBERT PILPEL

Mr. Pilpel is the author of Churchill in America (1976). His “What Churchill Owed the Great Republic” (FH 125) won the FH Journal Award for the best article of 2005. In this piece he has “refrained from dilations on the many arresting similarities between Orwell and Churchill, not to mention their diametrical differences.”

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A GENTLE ACCOLADE, FROM ONE GIANT OF OUR HERITAGE TO ANOTHER ON THE OPPOSITE END OF THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM, MAKES MY EYES MIST OVER.  Read More >

Nature’s Panorama in California

FINEST HOUR 142, SPRING 2009

BY WINSTON S. CHURCHILL 

This text comprises the sixth and seventh in a series of twelve essays entitled “What I Saw and Heard in America,” first published in The Daily Telegraph, 23 and 30 December 1929; later in The Collected Essays of Sir Winston Churchill (London: Library of Imperial History, 1975). Reprinted by kind permission of Winston S. Churchill.

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AS WE GATHER IN CALIFORNIA FOR OUR TWENTY-SIXTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN SEPTEMBER, IT IS AGREEABLE TO RECALL WINSTON CHURCHILL’S BEAMING IMPRESSIONS OF THE STATE EIGHTY YEARS AGO THIS YEAR—AND HIS REFLECTIONS ON PROHIBITION, WITH WHICH, HAPPILY, WE NEED NOT CONTEND. Read More >

Recognizing China

WIT AND WISDOM: FINEST HOUR 142, SPRING 2009

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“…if you recognise anyone it does not necessarily mean that you like him. We all, for instance, recognise the Rt Hon Gentleman, the Member for Ebbw Vale [Aneurin Bevan].” —WSC, 1 July 1952 Read More >

Everybody’s Language

FINEST HOUR 142, SPRING 2009

BY WINSTON S. CHURCHILL

First published in Collier’s, 26 October, 1935; later published as “He Has Made the Whole World Richer” (Sunday Chronicle, London, 9 February, 1936); and “Chaplin—The Man Who Has Made the World Rich with Laughter” (Screen Pictorial, May 1936). Reprinted by kind permission of Winston S. Churchill. Cohen C480.

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“HAD THEIR PRODUCERS AND STARS LEARNED FROM CHAPLIN AND THE EUROPEANS, THE SILENT SCREEN MIGHT HAVE DEFIED THE TALKIES. PANTOMIME IS THE TRUE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE.” Read More >

Great Contemporaries: Churchill and Chaplin

FINEST HOUR 142, SPRING 2009

BY BRADLEY P. TOLPPANEN

Mr. Tolppanen (bptolppanen@eiu.edu) is a librarian and history bibliographer at Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.

ABSTRACT
A PERFECT COMBINATION OR THE ORIGINAL ODD COUPLE? CHAPLIN FIRST THOUGHT CHURCHILL ABRUPT, BUT AFTER A DEBATE ABOUT THE NEW LABOUR GOVERNMENT THEY STAYED UP TALKING UNTIL 3 A.M. CHURCHILL THOUGHT CHAPLIN “BOLSHY IN POLITICS & DELIGHTFUL IN CONVERSATION,” AND WAS CERTAIN HE SHOULD PLAY THE LEAD A FILM ABOUT NAPOLEON—AND IF HE WOULD, WSC PROMISED TO WRITE THE SCRIPT. Read More >

Action this Day

ACTION THIS DAY: FINEST HOUR 142, SPRING 2009

BY MICHAEL MCMENAMIN Read More >

Riddles, Mysteries, Enigmas

RIDDLES, MYSTERIES, ENIGMAS: FINEST HOUR 142, SPRING 2009

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Past It After 1945?

Q: I’d be interested in your opinion on the final years of Winston Churchill’s life, from the end of World War II in 1945 to 1965. My British friends think little of them. —Arnold Foster, New York City

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A: Churchill was a hero and iconic figure ain America, but in Britain he remained a politician, and as such was not uniformly admired. David Stafford wrote about the relatively equable view of Churchill among British citizens in “True Humanity,” Finest Hour 140:50.

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Available Again! The Official Biography

Around and About

AROUND AND ABOUT: FINEST HOUR 142, SPRING 2009 Read More >

Datelines

Quotations of the Season

QUOTATION OF THE SEASON: FINEST HOUR 142, SPRING 2009 Read More >

Sheet Anchor in “Sterner Days”

EDITOR’S ESSAY: FINEST HOUR 142, SPRING 2009 Read More >

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