Autumn 1933 (Age 58)

Duff Cooper wrote WSC his observations in Germany: “They are preparing for war with more general enthusiasm than a whole nation has ever before put into such preparation.” Churchill used public meetings, party conferences and Parliament to warn that “the philosophy of blood lust is being inculcated into their youth in a manner unparalleled since the days of barbarism.” He rejected the arguments of John Simon and Lloyd George that Germany was the offended and threatened power.

“You really are an amazing man.”

India was still of great concern. Churchill presented an argument that the proposed federal system would not satisfy extremists and that the Congress Party and Princes had little in common. He requested that the BBC allow him to speak on Indian constitutional changes but was informed that only persons nominated by party leaders were to be included. Naturally, he wasn’t.

Volume one of Marlborough (Woods A40) was published in October. Within a week it had sold 8500 copies and had helped WSC reduce a bank overdraft of £9500. In interviews and public addresses on the biography he credited Lord Rosebery and Arthur Balfour with inspiring him to write it. He was early intimidated by the judgments of Macauley but hoped that his study would help redress traditional interpretations.

He reviewed the two volumes of Lloyd George’s war memoirs for the Daily Mail and wrote “Julius Caesar” for a Strand series on Shakespeare’s Plays as Short Stories. (Woods C223), Stanley Baldwin wrote Churchill, admiring his prolificacy: “You really are an amazing man.”

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