A Medical Analysis of the New Drama from ITV,
By JOHN H. MATHER, MD
First broadcast in Britain on 29 February of this year, Churchill’s Secret is a dramatization of Jonathan Smith’s 2015 novel The Churchill Secret, KBO (reviewed in Finest Hour 168) and starring Sir Michael Gambon as Sir Winston Churchill. It tells the story of Churchill’s 1953 stroke and subsequent recovery. A review of the film as drama will appear in the spring issue of Finest Hour, but The Churchill Centre also invited Dr. John H. Mather (a physician who has made specialized studies of Churchill’s medical history) to provide a professional medical analysis of the film. Read More >
Reviewed for The Churchill Centre by JOHN H. MAURER
Churchill’s Trial by Larry Arnn is a must-have book for anyone who wants to know more about Sir Winston Churchill, the challenges he faced as a leader in public life, and the values he upheld as a statesman. Arnn has achieved much in this volume: he has written a serious, learned book, without being tedious; a thoughtful meditation on leadership, without losing sight of the ugly realities and the difficult choices that confront leaders living in dark, troubled times. To Arnn, Churchill is a heroic figure, a champion of the cause of freedom, who changed the course of history, despite sometimes having to fight against fearful odds. Hence, understanding what motivated Churchill to take up the challenges before him, to fight the trials of his era, is of great value for us in facing the dangers of our own times.
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Papers of Churchill’s Daughter Were Donated by Her Younger Sister
Lady (Mary) Soames, The Churchill Centre’s Late Patron
The papers of Winston and Clementine’s second daughter are now open for research at the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge. Archivist Sophie Bridges provides the following description.
Sarah Churchill was the third of Winston and Clementine Churchill’s children, born in 1914 and nicknamed “Mule” by her family for her stubborn nature. She trained in ballet and pursued a career as a dancer and actress in theatre and films in Britain, Italy, and the United States, running away across the Atlantic in 1936 to marry her first husband, the comedian Vic Oliver, and living in Hollywood for a time in the late 1940s and early 1950s with her second husband, the celebrity photographer Antony Beauchamp. Later as her life was increasingly dogged by personal losses, illness and alcoholism, she turned to writing, publishing A Thread in the Tapestry, a slight but vivid memoir of her father based on her original letters, and her own frank autobiography, Keep on Dancing. Read More >
Alexander M. Worth, Jr., a Member of the Greatest Generation,
Remembers Winston Churchill and The Churchill Centre
Alexander McAlister Worth, Jr. personified the Greatest Generation. Born in 1918, he graduated from The Citadel (The Military College of South Carolina) in 1940 and took up a commission in the United States Army. Quickly promoted to the rank of Captain, Worth led Company F in the First Battalion of Darby’s Rangers through heavy combat in the Second World War including participation in the invasions of Sicily and Italy. After the war, the highly decorated veteran (he received both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart) founded an enormously successful packaging and distribution business. Following an eventful life, Mr. Worth died peacefully at the age of ninety-five. In his will he left $40,000 to The Churchill Centre, of which he was a long-time member. Read More >
John Addison, Member of The Churchill Centre and Retired CEO,
Provides Nine Simple Practices for Leading and Living with Purpose
John Addison described in Finest Hour 170 (autumn 2015) how the example of Sir Winston Churchill guided him during his challenging tenure as Co-CEO of Primerica and his efforts to help save the company and the jobs of 2,000 employees. Addison has now set out his philosophy in detail with his new book Real Leadership: 9 Simple Practices for Leading and Living with Purpose published this month by McGraw-Hill Education. Read More >
LEWIS LEHRMAN Analyzes Two Great War Leaders
Author and Lincoln Scholar Lewis Lehrman discusses with the Chartwell Bulletin his forthcoming studies comparing Sir Winston Churchill with Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
CB: How did your interest in Churchill begin?
LL: My interest in Churchill began in early boyhood. I was born in central (rural) Pennsylvania in August of 1938. The radio was then widespread. I remember the latter part of the Second World War when I was five, six, and seven. My family would listen to reports, on the radio, of the battlefield struggles in Europe. Churchill was a hero in our family. He still is.
CB: You were good friends with Churchill’s official biographer Sir Martin Gilbert. What did you learn from him, and what is your assessment of his contribution to the historical record?
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