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Bulletin #155 — May 2021

Churchill Conference 2021 Important Updates about This Year’s Events

This year’s international Churchill conference will take place between 7 & 9 October with the theme “Churchill and Freedom.” We have already announced former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as our keynote speaker on the Friday evening. In addition, we will:
—Discuss Churchill’s escape from captivity in the Boer War in 1899 and how it launched his political career
—Debate the momentous events of 1921, when Churchill was Colonial Secretary responsible for both Ireland and the Middle East
—Mark the eightieth anniversary of the Atlantic Charter produced by Churchill and Pres. Roosevelt during their first wartime meeting
—Celebrate the launch of Professor James Muller’s long awaited and comprehensive edition of The River War, Churchill’s second book

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Remember the 10th of May Erik Larson Discusses the Day Churchill Became Prime Minister

May 10th marks the anniversary of the day in 1940 when King George VI, as reported on the BBC, “sent for Mr. Winston Churchill and asked him to form a government.” This year, best-selling author Erik Larson will join International Churchill Society Executive Director Justin Reash to discuss the historic significance of Churchill becoming prime minister.

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A Popular Loser The Many Contradictions of Randolph Churchill

John Ireland, Churchill & Son, 2021, Dutton/John Murray, 453 pages, $34/£15/CAN$45. ISBN 978–1524744458

Review by David Freeman

Despite being the grandson of a duke, Winston Churchill shrewdly perceived that his name and pedigree alone would not suffice to launch him onto the serious political career to which he aspired. He, therefore, spent several years as a young army officer seeking out danger, serving honorably, and writing about his experiences, first in newspapers and then in books. At age twenty-four, he spent an entire year researching and writing his two-volume history of The River War, now available again in print for the first time in more than 120 years. The hard work paid off. By age twenty-six, Churchill was MP for Oldham. Read More >

Last Charge of the Dervishes Churchill Reflects on the Battle of Omdurman


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. Editor James W. Muller has carefully restored all of the previously 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 Style The Art of Being Winston Churchill: Architects of Victory


Seventy-six years ago this month, Captain Pimm, who oversaw Churchill’s Map Room, woke the Prime Minister with word of the official German surrender to Gen. Eisenhower on May 7. “For five years,” Churchill responded, “you brought me bad news, sometimes worse than others,. Now you’ve redeemed yourself. Read More >

Churchilliana The World of Churchill Collectables: Wartime Napkin


One of the exciting aspects of pursuing and conserving Churchilliana is that it can be found in a variety of forms, including those which are unexpected. The Great Man’s image was used on a variety of items designed to inspire and motivate during wartime and can be found on porcelain, metal, wood, celluloid, and, yes, even a paper napkin. Read More >

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The International Churchill Society (ICS), founded in 1968 shortly after Churchill's death, is the world’s preeminent member organisation dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.

At a time when leadership is challenged at every turn, that legacy looms larger and remains more relevant than ever.