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Bulletin #134 – Aug 2019

Leonard Maltin on Churchill Film Critic Highlights Washington Conference

Full Conference Schedule Announced

The Thirty-sixth International Churchill Conference will take place in Washington, D.C. this coming 29–31 October. We are pleased to announce that noted film critic and historian Leonard Maltin has now joined the schedule to speak about Churchill’s relationship with the film industry. To register, please CLICK HERE. Read More >

Ford on Churchill Future President’s Account of Churchill’s Speech

Winston Churchill spoke to the United States Congress for the third and final time on January 17, 1952. In the audience was thirty-eight-year-old Gerald R. Ford, who was just starting his fourth year as a member of the House of Representatives. The future president subsequently wrote this detailed account of Churchill’s speech for his Michigan constituents: Read More >

Front Seats to History Churchill’s Secretaries Receive Their Recognition

Cita Stelzer, Working with Winston: The Unsung Women behind Britain’s Greatest Statesman, Pegasus, 2019, 400 pages, $28.95/£20. ISBN 978–1643130194

Review by KATHERINE CARTER

One room at Chartwell holds a crucial part of the secret of Churchill’s phenomenal political and literary output. Yet few people have had the chance to look inside. Thankfully this is about to change. From spring 2020 the Secretaries’ Office will become part of the visitor route, and for the first time the National Trust will be able to tell the stories of the loyal secretaries who helped the lion roar. Cita Stelzer’s new book Working with Winston, therefore, could not have arrived at a better time. I knew it would be a vital tool in helping to tell the stories of these remarkable individuals, largely women, but also for the mirror that their histories hold up to the everyday life of the man himself, and how they in turn dedicated their lives to Churchill. Read More >

False Hopes Churchill Was (of course) Right

Tim Bouverie, Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War, Tim Duggan Books, 2019, 496 pages, £14.90/$30.00. ISBN 978–0451499844

Tim Bouverie will be speaking at the National Churchill Library and Center at the George Washington University at 6:00 PM on September 23.  For more information and to reserve a ticket, please contact Erin Minnaugh at eminnaugh@winstonchurchill.org

Review by W. MARK HAMILTON

It is impossible to overstate the devastating impact the First World War had on the British nation and people. The loss of lives and treasure was immense, with 20,000 British soldiers killed on the first day alone of the Battle of the Somme. This enduring impact is front and center in Tim Bouverie’s Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War. King George V, whose reign spanned the Great War, once shouted late in his life, “I will not have another war. I will not!” It is against this backdrop that journalist and historian Bouverie provides a fascinating political narrative history of the policy of appeasement and its ultimate ramifications in 1939 for Great Britain, Europe, and the world. Read More >

Churchill Style The Art of Being Winston Churchill: Homes—Lullenden

By BARRY SINGER

In spring 1917, Zeppelin and bombing raids were making life in London increasingly hazardous. Seeking to secure for his brood a safe haven, Winston Churchill bought Lullenden Manor, a rambling Tudor house on seventy-seven acres of Sussex farmland. There, Clementine and the children quickly moved. Read More >

Churchilliana Churchill Collectables: Atlantic Meeting Vase

By BRIAN KRAPF

This large (12″) vase was made by Falcon Pottery in 1941 to celebrate the first wartime meeting between Prime Minister Churchill and President Roosevelt, which took place at Placentia Bay in Newfoundland. Known on the market as Falconware, the company produced a variety of porcelain pieces to commemorate the historic event. Each utilizes the same sepia transfer pattern. This vase is by far the largest piece produced and is quite rare. Read More >

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