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Bulletin #154 — Apr 2021

Churchill and the Movie Mogul

Churchill Studies in DC Historical Lessons in Strategy and Statecraft

By NATALIA DINELLO, CHARLSIE KING and JUSTIN REASH

Sir Winston Churchill told James Humes, a future US presidential speechwriter: “Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.” This Churchillian quote served as the starting point for The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) spring 2021 Global Perspectives course. Titled Strategy and Statecraft: Churchill and the Evolution of the Modern United Kingdom, the course was held in partnership with the International Churchill Society (ICS) and the National Churchill Leadership Center (NCLC), the latter housed within GW’s Gelman Library in Washington, DC. Read More >

Save the Dates! Schwarzenegger Will Keynote Churchill Conference 2021

The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce that Arnold Schwarzenegger has agreed to give the keynote address at the 38th International Churchill Conference. A passionate Churchillian, who has come to epitomise the spirit of never giving in, the successful businessman, movie star, and former Governor of California will reflect on how his own life was shaped by the Second World War and Cold War and talk about his approach to leadership.

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Iron Curtain Speech Remembered 75th Anniversary Events at Westminster College

By TIMOTHY RILEY

America’s National Churchill Museum commemorated the 75th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s “Sinews of Peace” address, commonly known as the “Iron Curtain” speech on March 5th and 6th. The world was invited to a virtual commemoration live from Westminster’s Historic Gymnasium and other Churchill-related sites on campus. Dignitaries, leaders, and members of the Churchill family participated from all parts of the world and joined the Westminster community for a memorable celebration. Watch the full event replay HERE. Read More >

“Woman’s Rights” Churchill Describes 1898 Demonstration in Sudan

By WINSTON S. CHURCHILL

The long-awaited definitive edition of Winston Churchill’s second book The River War has now been published. This is the first version to contain the complete text in more than 120 years. Until now, all subsequent editions after the rare and expensive first edition contained only an abridgment. Editor James W. Muller has carefully restored all of the deleted passages, making it possible for modern readers to enjoy Churchill’s complete account of the military campaign, which culminated with his participation in the charge of the 21st Lancers during the Battle of Omdurman. Read More >

Churchill Challenge Quiz Book Qualifies as Quantum Query

Kieran Whitworth, The Churchill Quiz Book: How Much Do You Know about Britain’s Wartime Leader? Osprey, 2021, 256 pages, £9.99/US$15/Can$20.50. ISBN 978–1472845771

Review by DAVID FREEMAN

Quizmaster Kieran Whitworth, who previously produced The Ultimate World War II Quiz Book in 2017, has now focused on one of the war’s leading figures with The Churchill Quiz Book. He could justifiably have included the word “ultimate” in the title of this book as well, for this is no idle undertaking. Whitworth, who has served most of the present century as the book buyer at the Imperial War Museums (IWM), has gone deep into his passion for history to produce a phenomenal battery of questions that will intrigue the beginner and challenge even the most knowledgeable Churchillians—this reviewer not excluded. Read More >

Churchill Style The Art of Being Winston Churchill: The Connaught

By BARRY SINGER

As a young gentleman about town and bachelor MP during the Edwardian era, Winston Churchill most often dined at Edward Willis’s Restaurant or at the Coburg Hotel on Carlos Place, just around the corner from his Mount Street apartment. Originally known as the Prince of Saxe Coburg Hotel, the Coburg changed its Germanic sounding name during the First World War to the Connaught, transforming itself into London’s most quintessentially English hotel. Read More >

Churchilliana The World of Churchill Collectables: Reliable Advertising

By BRIAN KRAPF

Military and service themed toys were popular items for children during the Second World War. The Reliable Toy Company of Toronto was a significant manufacturer of these items, marketing and shipping them within Canada and also exporting them to the United States and Great Britain. Shown here is an advertising card for Reliable, circa 1941, where a determined, cigar smoking Prime Minister Churchill is the backdrop for a display of wartime dolls. Read More >

Excerpt from The Churchill Quiz Book

How much do you know about Britain’s wartime leader?

By Kieran Whitworth

From Chapter 3: Politics, Empire and the Road to War

At the beginning of the twentieth century Churchill was to begin his lifelong political career, with a burning desire to emulate his late father. Whilst attaining high political office and gaining experience in a number of Cabinet roles, the looming spectre of war saw him work in a position that best suited his interests and allowed him to prepare the Royal Navy for the future conflict. Although personally his life was to change with marriage and fatherhood, his desire to earn enough money to support his family and luxurious lifestyle also played a large part in his life during this period. The questions in this chapter explore the evolution of Churchill from an adventurous young man to an established politician eager to show the world his talents, before one of the most cataclysmic historical events would change the society of Britain as he knew it forever.

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