Finest Hour 145

Churchill Proceedings – That Neutral Island

Finest Hour 145, Winter 2009-10

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Churchill Proceedings – That Neutral Island

(With apology to Clair Wills1)

By Warren F. Kimball

Dr. Kimball is Robert Treat Professor of History Emeritus at Rutgers University, a leading scholar on Roosevelt and Churchill in World War II, author of numerous books, including The Juggler: Franklin Roosevelt as Wartime Statesman, editor of the seminal three-volume Churchill and Roosevelt: The Complete Correspondence, a member of the Finest Hour editorial board and a FH contributor. Read More >

Churchill Proceedings – “The Dev” and Mr. Churchill An Irish Nationalist’s View of a Complicated Relationship

Finest Hour 145, Winter 2009-10

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Churchill Proceedings – “The Dev” and Mr. Churchill An Irish Nationalist’s View of a Complicated Relationship

By Diarmaid Ferriter

Dr. Ferriter is Professor of Irish History at University College Dublin and was the 2008-09 Burns Scholar at Boston College. His latest book is Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the Life and Legacy of Eamon de Valera (2007). Two further papers on de Valera and Churchill, delivered at the 2008 Boston conference by Professors Thomas Hachey and David Freeman, will appear alongisde this one on our website. Professor Freeman’s will have been revised and expanded for a conference on the Churchills and Ireland at the University of Ulster last June. Papers from this conference will be published later by the Irish Academic Press. Read More >

Book Collecting “Duly Inscribed…”

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Book Collecting “Duly Inscribed…”

Max E. Hertwig Read More >

Tribute to One of Life’s Great Survivors

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Tribute to One of Life’s Great Survivors

The Anglo-Saxon Review, edited by Lady Randolph Churchill. John Lane, London and New York, June 1899-September 1901, 10 vols. Each volume bound in leather in facsimile to a fine binding, with a note by Cyril Davenport, F.S.A. Fine copies are rarities; a very good 10-volume set is presently on offer at $1000.

By Anne Sebba

Mrs. Sebba’s biography of Lady Randolph Churchill was reviewed in FH 137:50. This article was first published in the Financial Times Magazine. Finest Hour 98 was largely devoted to Lady Randolph. Read More >

Old Titles Revisited: Bindon the Great

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Old Titles Revisited: Bindon the Great

Four Score Years and Ten: Reminiscences, by Sir Bindon Blood GCB GCVO. London: G. Bell & Sons., 1933. Availability: scarce. Five copies are offered on bookfinder.com from $130 to $450.

By David Druckman

David Druckman travels widely in search of Churchill; his articles have appeared in FH 47, 90, 129 and 132; his account of Livadia Palace, Yalta, will be in a forthcoming issue. Read More >

Three Yanks in Queen Victoria’s Court

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Three Yanks in Queen Victoria’s Court

Fortune’s Daughters: The Extravagant Lives of the Jerome Sisters: Jennie Churchill, Clara Frewen and Leonie Leslie, by Elisabeth Kehoe. Atlantic, 2004), softbound, illus., 386 pp., $16, member price $12.80

By Ted Hutchinson Read More >

New Edition of a Classic Work


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New Edition of a Classic Work

Becoming Winston Churchill, by Michael McMenamin and Curt Zoller. New paperback edition, Enigma Books, illus., 300 pp., $19. member price $15.20.

By Celia Sandys

Ms. Sandys is Sir Winston’s granddaughter. Her review is from this edition’s foreword. Read More >

Marketing a War

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Marketing a War

World War II: Saving the Reality, A Collector’s Vault, by Kenneth W. Rendell. Whitman, hardbound, slipcased, 144 pages, profusely illustrated in color with 80 replicas, $49.95, member price $40.

By Michael Richards Read More >

Fooling the Enemy

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Fooling the Enemy

Churchill’s Wizards: The British Genius for Deception, 1914-1945, by Nicholas Rankin. Faber & Faber, paperback, illus., 672 pp., $14.95, Amazon $11.69.

By Christopher H. Sterling Read More >

The Third Reich at War

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The Third Reich at War

The Third Reich at War, by Richard J. Evans. Penguin, hardbound, illus., 944 pages, $40, member price $32. Read More >

The View from the Two Bunkers

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The View from the Two Bunkers

Churchill’s Bunker: The Secret Headquarters at the Heart of Britain’s Victory, by Richard Holmes. Profile Books, hardbound, illus., 246 pages, $27.40, member price $22.

By Ted Hutchinson Read More >

Books, Arts & Curiosities – The Un-Great Non-Debate

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Books, Arts & Curiosities – The Un-Great Non-Debate

The Great Debate: “Resolved, that Winston Churchill was more a  liability than an asset to the free world.” Sponsored by Intelligence Books, Arts Squared, viewable on C-Span.  See: http://xrl.us/bfneqj

By Richard M. Langworth Read More >

Churchilliana – The True Tale of the Tank Teapots

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Churchilliana – The True Tale of the Tank Teapots

By Douglas Hall

The late Douglas Hall, for many years Finest Hour’s Churchilliana editor, was author of The Book of Churchilliana (2001), the most comprehensive reference to the hundreds of pieces of memorabilia produced over the years in Winston Churchill’s image. He left a large backlog of articles which we were are pleased now to offer our readers. Read More >

Philately – Stamps Relate Poland’s Sad World War II Story

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Philately – Stamps Relate Poland’s Sad World War II Story

A vast array of “Churchill-Related” stamps can be used to trace the tragedy of Poland in World War II. Right: Anguilla’s Churchill issue –(1974) shows WSC before the microphones and illustrates his “Soul of Poland” speech on 18 September 1939. It is accompanied by USA issues marking Overrun Poland (1944) and the Polish Millennium (966-1966). A grim reminder of the German onslaught are the three “General Government” overprints early in the occupation. The originals are on the next page, below. Read More >

Eye-Witness to Potsdam: He Enjoyed BeingWinston Churchill. I Saw Him Depressed Only Once…

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Eye-Witness to Potsdam: He Enjoyed BeingWinston Churchill. I Saw Him Depressed Only Once…

By Neville Bullock Read More >

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