Bulletin #54 – Dec 2012
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The author discusses how he came to write the last volume of the trilogy – and his eight year struggle to complete it.
Author Paul Reid was interviewed recently on writing the third volume of William Manchester’s classic, The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965. The book was published last month by Little, Brown and Company.
The 26 November 2012 episode of The Diane Rehm show on the National Public Radio (NPR) at American University in Washington, D.C., featured an interview with Paul Reid on how he came to write the final volume of the work for historian William Manchester.
William Manchester was an enormously successful historian and biographer whose books include The Last Lion, Volumes 1 and 2, Goodbye Darkness, A World Lit Only by Fire, The Glory and the Dream, The Arms of Krupp, American Caesar, The Death of the President.
Reid, an award-winning journalist presents a revelatory portrait of Winston Churchill as a brilliant, flawed and dynamic leader in the last 25 years of his life, covering 1940 to 1965.
In the interview, Reid tells his personal account of how he came to write the final version of the trilogy of William Manchester’s The Last Lion. Having originally met through five of Manchester’s U.S. Marine Corps buddies in 1998, Reid and Manchester shared a passion for the Boston Red Sox baseball team.
On October 9th, 2003, over several drinks and with a Red Sox game on television, (Bill Scotch, Paul red wine) Manchester asked Reid to retrieve a suitcase and open it. Paul opened the case and the contents was revealed. It contained hundreds of pages of notes on pads… arranged somewhat chronologically in Manchester’s own hand.
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New exhibit, “In the Blood” to run through February 2013.
Randolph Churchill holds a dueling pistol of the 1st Duke of Marlborough
This winter sees the first-ever temporary exhibition at Chartwell, the former country home of Sir Winston Churchill in Kent. ‘In the Blood’, which opened to the public last month, explores Churchill’s Anglo-American ancestry and considers how the two branches of his family – the Jeromes of New York and the Marlboroughs of Blenheim – shaped his unique character and extraordinary life.
From the exotic tale of Churchill’s American grandmother Clarissa, who is thought to have had Iroquois Indian blood, to the battlefield heroics of John, 1st Duke of Marlborough, the story of Churchill’s ancestors is a fascinating and compelling blend of British tradition and New World adventure, energy and enterprise.
View a slide show on the exhibit at BBC.com
‘In the Blood’ shows how this transatlantic genetic inheritance helped create the great British wartime leader we know so well, a man with remarkable drive who was a prolific writer and accomplished painter as well as British Prime Minister twice. In a nod to the nature versus nurture debate, the display also takes visitors behind the scenes of Churchill’s childhood to reveal his touching relationship with his beloved nanny ‘Woomany’ as well as his complex relationships with his mother and father, Lord and Lady Randolph.
The story is told through a wide range of objects from the Chartwell stores and on loan from private collections belonging to Churchill’s descendants. Of the 50 objects, half have never been on public display before and have been brought together for this exhibition only.
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Was Churchill was more of a progressive than a reactionary?
Click image to watch the full debate
The London School of Economics (LSE) last month hosted the Churchill Debate in association with The Churchill Centre UK. The Debate took place on 21 November in Old Theatre, Old Building at the LSE.
The participants were introduced by The Churchill Centre’s Morice Mendoza. Winston and Clementine Churchill’s daughter Lady Soames and her nephew Randolph Churchill were in attendance to watch the proceedings.
“Was Churchill was more of a progressive than a reactionary” was the motion put forth for the evening’s debate.
The panel of speakers included, Dr Piers Brendon, former Keeper of the Archives at The Churchill Archives Centre; John Charmley, professor of modern British history and head of school at the University of East Anglia; Professor David Edgerton, the Hans Rausing Chair in the centre for the History of Science Technology and Medicine, Imperial College London; and Lord Hurd of Westwell, British Foreign Secretary from 1989-95.
The Chairman of the debate was the LSE’s Professor Nigel Ashton.
Lord Hurd began the debate. “Churchill was a buccaneer… always in search of excitement. And when you’re dealing with a buccaneer you don’t get consistency,” he remarked. He emphasised that Churchill was his own man rather then clearly tied to any party. “Service, in search of excitement,” is how Lord Hurd described Churchill.
The former Foreign Minister compared Churchill to Benjamin Disraeli saying that they shared the great gift of oratory, which he commented “…doesn’t exist in the British Parliament today.”
“There was always an excitement that came through in his speeches on the radio,” Hurd said. He continued, “Churchill’s views didn’t matter that much because they were always changing.”
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The Churchill Centre’s newly published concise guide to Winston Churchill is now for sale online.
The Churchill Centre has just published The Churchill Companion: A Concise Guide to the Life & Times of Winston S. Churchill.
This handy, pocket guide was originally compiled by the late David Hatter, but the editing of this new publication was completed by Finest Hour editor Richard Langworth, with the able assistance of many Churchill experts*.
The Churchill Companion offers twenty-eight categories of ready-reference information on the life and times of Sir Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) for students, scholars and researchers, together with Internet references for further reference. It will be available digitally as well as in print form.
- A Timeline of his life and times
- Books written by or about Churchill
- Elections he participated in from 1899 to 1959
- A Glossary of Parliamentary and Political Terms
- Honors, Orders, Decorations and Medals
- Offices Held
- Secretaries, including Private, Parliamentary and Personal
The Companion begins with a 100-year Timeline of Churchill’s life from his birth in 1874 to the death of his wife Clementine in 1977. Subsequent chapters list Churchill’s books; recommended books about him; his BBC broadcasts from 1938 to 1945; pound-dollar values and inflation since 1874; dramatic productions in film and television; elections fought by Churchill; the family tree; leading articles in the journal Finest Hour; the 1965 funeral service; a glossary of Parliamentary and political terms; British governments, sovereigns and prime ministers; Churchill’s honors, orders, decorations and medals; his favorite hotels; his military commissions; a military glossary, leading Churchill myths; government offices held; British political parties; Churchill residences and holiday accommodations; Parliamentary, personal and private secretaries; the British nobility; World War II summit conferences; all Churchill’s race horses; his travel by sea; his travels in North America, his travels in World War II, and the Visitors Book at Chartwell.
Order your copy today. Available from Amazon.com for $9.95.
The Churchill Centre is the leading international membership organization devoted to preserving the thoughts, words and deeds of Sir Winston Churchill among democratic and freedom-loving peoples throughout the world. The Centre has over forty branches, chapters and affiliates in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Israel and Portugal. Centre publications include the quarterly journal Finest Hour (in both print and digital form), featuring the best contemporary writing about Churchill’s life and times, including—by special permission— Sir Winston’s own articles and speeches from among his fifteen million published words. Many of the chapters in The Churchill Companion are derived from articles and research in Finest Hour.
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Sarah C. Howells wins the annual competition for her paper on Churchill’s efforts to unify Britain.
2012 Winner Sarah C. HowellsThe Churchill Centre has awarded Sarah C. Howells first prize in the first annual Churchill Research Paper Competition for American high school students. While a student at The Harker School in San Jose, CA, Sarah wrote “Winston Churchill’s Efforts To Unify Britain From 1940-1941” as an independent project under the mentorship of Dr. Ruth Meyer, a history teacher at Harker.
Her 5800 word paper, with 51 footnotes, relied on a solid bibliography. Our judges deemed Sarah “a competent and professional writer” . . . who selected “good quotes to back up her words,” noting high marks for “explaining that Churchill had opposition who wanted to deal with Germany.” A second judge wrote, “in terms of research, organization and sustained argument, Sarah’s paper was much the best,” showing “a great deal of promise for her as a student.” Read the paper here.
The competition’s first prize is a $1,000.00 scholarship award. Sarah is currently a freshman at Princeton.
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A preview of the cover article for our upcoming Autumn 2012 issue.
A Churchill Onoto pen is the perfect gift this holiday season.
The Sir Winston Churchill “Chartwell”NORFOLK, UK, 15 December 2012 — The Onoto Pen Company this month announced that they have added two additional pens to the Sir Winston Churchill Fountain Pen range that was launched in 2011.
Onoto has added a blue pinstripe with gold-plated fittings and a gold-plated sterling silver “Chartwell.” The perfrct Christmas gift this season.
The Sir Winston Churchill Fountain Pen range is officially authorised by Churchill Heritage and the proceeds support good causes and educational initiatives associated with preserving the heritage and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.
View the range on the Onoto website
On each pen you’ll find a facsimile of Sir Winston’s short signature – ‘WSC’ – which he used to initial war correspondence and state documents – on the cap’s ‘cigar-style’ gilded sterling silver cap band.
The top of the cap is decorated with the Spencer Churchill family seal of a Lion and a Gryphon, made from a wax casting taken from Sir Winston’s signet ring.
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We need your help to continue to keep Churchill’s memory alive.
WSC at the Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada, 5 September 1929The success of The Churchill Centre and our ability to preserve the thoughts, words and deeds of Winston Churchill now and in the future depends on the continuing support of members and friends around the world.
Many people have generously committed to support our work by including a bequest to The Churchill Centre in their estate plan. Please consider a provision that will enable us to continue our important educational mission for our children and grandchildren and for generations to come.
To make it even easier to provide your support, The Churchill Centre now offers a variety of structured giving plans which offer attractive tax advantages to donors and multiply the amount you can give. For example, a tax deductible annual insurance premium of as little as $1,389 can yield $166,000 in future benefits for our work.
For more information on how you can support The Churchill Centre through a structured giving plan, please contact Lee Pollock, Executive Director at (312) 658-6027 or email@example.com.
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Robert Hardy returns to the stage opposite Dame Helen Mirren for a limited time in the West End, London.
Robert Hardy, 2012FINEST HOUR, 2 November 2012 — Robert Hardy is to play Winston Churchill for the ninth time in his career, opposite Dame Helen Mirren’s Queen Elizabeth II in the West End.
Peter Morgan’s new play, The Audience, begins at the Gielgud Theatre on February 15th, running eight times a week through mid-June. It depicts the weekly meetings between the Queen and twelve prime ministers from Churchill to David Cameron. Haydn Gwynne will play Margaret Thatcher, and Paul Ritter John Major.
Timothy Robert Hardy has previously played Churchill eight times including Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years and most recently in Celui Qui A Dit Non in Paris in French. He played Siegfried Farnon in the classic television adaptation of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small and is also known for starring in the Harry Potter films as Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge.
Directed by Stephen Daldry, The Audience marks a return to royal duty for Dame Helen who won an Oscar for her lead role in the 2006 film The Queen, also written by Morgan.
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A copy of Lawrence Holofcener’s famous Bond Street sculpture doubles the estimate at auction.
‘The Allies’ sculpture by Lawrence Holofcener. Photo: Bonhams
ART DAILY, 8 December 2012 — A copy of the well-loved bronze sculpture titled ‘The Allies’ of Sir Winston Churchill and Roosevelt on their bench sited between Old and New Bond Streets sold at Bonhams for £409,250, double its estimate, to an American buyer yesterday 14th November 2012. This makes the sculpture the top Modern British work of art to sell in London this week.
The Bonhams sale of 20th Century British and Irish Art featured 123 lots and achieved a total of £3.2m. Among other top lots was a Peter Doig painting Road House which sold for £265,250; a Walter Sickert, Woman in Profile with downcast eyes for £229,250; a Graham Sutherland, Head on a Balcony for £217,250; and Sir Alfred Munnings, The haymakers went for £109,250.
‘The Allies’ sculpture by Lawrence Holofcener (born 1926) was unveiled in 1995 by H.R.H. The Princess Margaret. Now a major London landmark, it was gifted to the City of Westminster by the Bond Street Association to commemorate fifty years of peace. It embodies the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the USA.
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The Churchill World Stamp Catalogue now available online.
Author Celwyn Ball at the back beside the door
Churchill World Stamp Catalogue: A review of postage stamps commemorating Sir Winston Churchill by authors Celwyn Ball, Patricia Ball and Alison Ball.
The Churchill World Stamp Catalogue is an extraordinarily detailed work that spans the globe in its detailed look at Churchill-inspired stamps. The 218-page volume is already noted for its thorough, comprehensive, and educational look at 526 stamps from 150 nations that have produced stamps in honour of Winston Churchill’s contribution to history.
The publication is written, edited and co-produced by the husband, wife, and daughter team of Celwyn Ball, Patricia Ball and Alison Ball.
Order your copy today at Volumesdirect.com
The Churchill World Stamp Catalogue includes colourful images of this collection of stamps and is complete with accompanying, informative notes. The result is a fitting tribute to a courageous man who left an indelible mark on the world – and who continues to inspire leaders worldwide. All aspects of Churchill’s long and active life are reflected on the stamps in the catalogue: Prime Minister, parliamentarian, war correspondent, writer, painter, speaker, cigar smoker, award recipient, and popular target of political cartoons.
This book reflects Celwyn Ball’s life-long interest in both stamp collecting and Winston Churchill. His comprehensive knowledge of the subject and his extensive collection of philatelic material related to Churchill have created a book that should be included in the library of every serious Churchill collector.
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Winston Churchill and his difficult friendship with Edward VIII.
Dr. David Freeman and Bond NicholsSEAL BEACH, 2 December 2012 — The Southern California Churchillians gathered for their annual Churchill Birthday Dinner at the Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach, California earlier this month.
Dr. David Freeman presented a talk with an interesting series of PowerPoint illustrations titled, “Winnie & The Windsors: Churchill, Edward and Mrs. Simpson.”
The presentation traced the long but sometimes strained friendship between Churchill and King Edward VIII.
On the 16th of November 1936 the king summoned Prime Minster Stanley Baldwin to Buckingham Palace to inform him of his desire to marry the woman he loved; the twice divorced American Mrs. Simpson, or “that woman” as she was known in some circles. The King was not prepared to give up Mrs. Simpson and was the first British monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne, becoming then titled HRH Duke of Windsor.
Winston Churchill, a staunch monarchist, fought loyally to the end for a compromise. After the abdication however, he is said never to have forgiven the Duke for giving up “…the greatest throne in world history.”
This episode of British history created a scandal and nearly a constitutional crisis.
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