Thoughts and Adventures : Churchill Reflects on Spies, Cartoons, Flying, and the Future

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-15
  • Publisher: Isi Books

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Remembered as orator, statesman, visionary, and wit, Winston Churchill-winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature-was as well known and respected in his own time for his writing.

Author Biography

Winston S. Churchill, born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire in 1874, fought in four wars on three continents and wrote five books before taking his seat in the House of Commons in 1901 at the age of twenty-six. He was Colonial Undersecretary, President of the Board of Trade, and Home Secretary in Liberal governments before becoming First Lord of the Admiralty in 1911. Through most of the 1930s, he held no cabinet office but remained a member of the House of Commons. He returned to the Admiralty in 1939 upon the outbreak of the Second World War, becoming Prime Minister and Minister of Defense in 1940. In summer 1945 the British public dismissed him from further conduct of their affairs, but he served again as Prime Minister from 1951 to 1955. The author of more than forty books, in 1953 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, and in 1963 he was made an honorary citizen of the United States. He died in London in 1965.

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James W. Muller is Professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He is a By-Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, Academic Chairman of the Churchill Centre, and a recipient of the Farrow Award for Excellence in Churchill Studies. Muller earned his first degree and Ph.D. from Harvard College and is the cofounder of the Forty-Ninth State Fellows Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He is editor of The Revival of Constitutionalism, Churchill as Peacemaker, and Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” Speech Fifty Years Later, and of new editions of Winston Spencer Churchill and The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Editor's Note on This Editionp. xxxv
Prefacep. 1
A Second Choicep. 5
Cartoons and Cartoonistsp. 17
Consistency in Politicsp. 35
Personal Contactsp. 47
The Battle of Sidney Streetp. 63
The German Splendourp. 75
My Spy Storyp. 89
With the Grenadiersp. 103
`Plugstreet'p. 119
The U-Boat Warp. 129
The Dover Barragep. 149
Ludendorff's `All-or Nothing'p. 157
A Day with Clemenceaup. 177
In the Airp. 193
Election Memoriesp. 213
The Irish Treatyp. 233
Parliamentary Government and the Economic Problemp. 245
Shall We All Commit Suicide?p. 259
Mass Effects in Modern Lifep. 269
Fifty Years Hencep. 283
Mosesp. 299
Hobbiesp. 315
Painting as a Pastimep. 323
Notesp. 339
Acknowledgmentsp. 367
Indexp. 371
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