Last month we looked an artifact from Churchill’s 1946 “Iron Curtain” speech. Such events were eagerly anticipated, and it was once a common practice to commission in advance buttons and badges for distribution at the event. This tradition has now diminished and given way to cheaper alternatives like stickers, but buttons and badges used to be a mainstay at American political or cultural events. Read More >
Detail from portrait by Douglas Chandor in US National Portrait Gallery
The Churchill Society of Tennessee will host its second annual Churchill Symposium on Saturday, April 4th at the Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville. The subject of the day will be “Churchill in War and Peace” and will feature presentations by three leading Churchill scholars. Breakfast will be included, and the event is open to all who are interested. Read More >
King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud lunches with Winston Churchill, 1945
By BARRY SINGER
Following their conference with Soviet leader Joseph Stalin at Yalta 75 years ago, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt briefly rendezvoused on the USS Quincy at Alexandria, Egypt. Two days later, Churchill was driven across the desert to the Hotel du Lac at the Fayyum oasis in order to meet with the founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud.
Before their luncheon, Churchill was informed that ibn Saud could not tolerate smoking or the drinking of alcohol in his presence. Churchill replied that he was the host and that his religion “prescribed as an absolute sacred rite smoking cigars and drinking alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and the intervals between them.”
Barry Singer is the author of Churchill Style (Abrams Image, 2012) and the proprietor of Chartwell Booksellers in New York City.
Erik Larson tells the story of London under the “Blitz” with all its sound and fury, but also its unexpected joy.
The Splendid and the Vile delivers the great saga with a novelist’s touch. It’s like you’re watching and hearing the days and nights of 1940 as a passenger on a double-decker London bus.
“It was the dust that many Londoners remembered as being one of the most striking phenomena of this attack and others that followed,” Larson writes. “As buildings erupted, thunderheads of pulverized brick, stone, plaster, and mortar billowed from eaves and attics, roofs and chimneys, hearths and furnaces—dust from the age of Cromwell, Dickens, and Victoria.”
Historic Guildhall’s Great Hall will host this year’s Gala Dinner
Registration is now open for the 2020 International Churchill Conference, which will take place 22–24 October at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel. The opening night reception on Thursday the 22nd will take place at the Royal Air Force Club with two full days of events to follow. For information about conference and hotel registration, please CLICK HERE. For the conference, you will have the option of paying in $US or £UK. Read More >
CBS News in the United States recently met with best-selling author Erik Larson to discuss his new book The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz. In addition to visiting with the author at his home in New York City, reporter Jeff Glor interviewed Larson at the National Churchill Library and Center on the campus of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Read More >
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