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Bulletin #152 — Feb 2021

The Health of the Lion Definitive New Book on Churchill’s Medical History

Allister Vale and John Scadding, Winston Churchill’s Illnesses 1886–1965, Frontline, 2020, 522 pages, £30/$52.95. ISBN 978–1526789495

Review by GAIL ROSSEAU

In Winston Churchill’s Illnesses, readers will be delighted to discover the definitive book on the health of one of the most important patients in modern history. We are treated to this magnum opus by two outstanding medical professionals, who have labored for more than three decades to get the story and tell it right—a story that many thought could never be told. Read More >

Churchill, Race, and Religion Latest Issue of Finest Hour

By The Rt. Hon. the LORD BOATENG

The first issue of Finest Hour in 2021 looks at the controversial subjects of Winston Churchill’s views on race and religion. Lord Boateng, Chairman of the Churchill Archive Trust has provided the following foreword to the issue.

We are in the midst of a world-wide pandemic that presents the biggest challenge to global polity since the Second World War. The disparities in the distribution of resources and challenges in governance between and within nations and peoples seem wider than ever. Men invade the US Capitol building wearing T-shirts that celebrate Auschwitz, and, in Westminster, police are called upon to protect statues of Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi from warring protagonists. It has never been more important, then, to find common values rooted in the highest ideals that unify us in a common cause—not least against all those forces that threaten our shared humanity and the institutions that protect us all. Read More >

In Churchill’s Footsteps New Book Examines Special Relationship

Nancy Carver, The Inspiring History of a Special Relationship, Foreward by Donald P. Lofe, Jr., America’s National Churchill Museum/Westminster College, 2020, 338 pages, $25. ISBN 978–0578761718

Review by TIMOTHY RILEY

Seventy-five years ago, during Winston Churchill’s appearance at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, the term “iron curtain” was instantly elevated within the geopolitical lexicon. Today, the potent metaphor appears in any discussion of the Cold War. Another phrase, “special relationship,” is equally well known but less often associated with Churchill’s “Sinews of Peace” address—commonly called the “Iron Curtain” speech—delivered on March 5, 1946 at Fulton. Read More >

Give Us The Tools! 80th Anniversary of Famous Broadcast

On 9 February 1941, Winston Churchill broadcast to the nation and the world about the current state of the war. In his remarks, he referred to the results of the recent election in the United States. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had been re-elected to an unprecedented third term. After his victory, the President sent two emissaries to Britain. The first was Harry Hopkins, his most trusted adviser. The second was Wendell Willkie, the opponent whom Roosevelt had defeated in the election. The reports Hopkins and Willkie made to Roosevelt helped to open the way for the Lend-Lease program. Here follow excerpts from Churchill’s speech leading to the famous peroration: Read More >

Churchill Style The Art of Being Winston Churchill: The Smoking Room

By BARRY SINGER

As wartime Prime Minister, Winston Churchill had few opportunities for relaxation. He painted only one canvas during the war and barely laid a brick. One small pleasure was a periodic visit to the Smoking Room of the House of Commons, where he enjoyed sitting, sipping a glass of port, and welcoming anyone who might walk in. Read More >

Churchilliana Churchill Collectables: Toby Jug

By BRIAN KRAPF

Toby jugs have long been popular collectables. Originally developed in Staffordshire in the eighteenth century, a Toby, also sometimes known as a Fillpot (or Philpot), is a pottery jug traditionally in the form of a seated person, or the head of a recognizable person. Churchill “Tobys” have long been among the most popular, and many different designs have found their way to the market since the Second World War. This piece, however, is unique. Read More >

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