Finest Hour 173

Riddles, Mysteries, Enigmas – “Let Europe Arise!”

Finest Hour 173, Summer 2016 Page 50 Seventy years ago at Zurich University Winston Churchill delivered one of his most important post-war speeches (see pages 7, 31, and 41). Although given the somber title “The Tragedy of Europe,” Churchill’s remarks set out a plan for rebuilding the war-torn continent. Proposing “a kind of United States […]

Books, Arts, & Curiosities – The Forces of Justice

Finest Hour 173, Summer 2016 Page 46 Nial Barr, Eisenhower’s Armies: The American-British Alliance during World War II, Pegasus Books, 2015, 544 pages, $35. ISBN: 978–1605988160 Review by Nigel Hamilton Nigel Hamilton is senior fellow in the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. Dr. Hamilton is author of Monty, an award-winning […]

Books, Arts, & Curiosities – Quick Looks: The Good, the Bad, and the Cuddly

Finest Hour 173, Summer 2016 Page 46 Cate Ludlow, I Love Churchill: 400 Fantastic Facts, The History Press, 2016, 160 pages, £10. ISBN: 978–1841657349 M. S. King, The British Mad Dog: Debunking the Myth of Winston Churchill, Create Space, 2016, 252 pages, $18.95. ISBN 978–1530657742 Kathryn Selbert, War Dogs: Churchill and Rufus, Charlesbridge, 2016, 48 […]

Books, Arts, & Curiosities – Fact and Fiction about Churchill and Chaplin

Finest Hour 173, Summer 2016 Page 45 Michael Köhlmeier, Translated by Ruth Martin, Two Gentlemen on the Beach, Haus Publishing, 2016, 280 pages, £17.99. ISBN 978–1910376461 Review by Werner Vogt Werner Vogt is a writer and a communications consultant in Zurich. For his article about Churchill’s links to Switzerland, see page 28. For a review […]

Books, Arts, & Curiosities – Churchill as a Literary Character: WSC in Fiction

Finest Hour 173, Summer 2016 Page 44 Linda Stoker, Churchill’s  Shadow, Beswick and Beswick, 2015, 1114 KB, $7.57.  ASIN: B0150XHGRG Portrayal of Churchill *  Worth Reading ** Warren Adler and James C. Humes, Target Churchill, Stonehouse Press, 2013, 318 pages, $15.95.  ISBN: 978–1590061183 Portrayal of Churchill **  Worth Reading ** Review by Michael McMenamin Michael […]

Books, Arts, & Curiosities – Everything Old Is New Again

Finest Hour 173, Summer 2016 Page 42 Adrian Stewart, February 1942: Britain’s Darkest Days, Pen & Sword Military, 2015, 198 pages, £19.99. ISBN 978–1473821156 Review by Mark Klobas Mark Klobas teaches history at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona and hosts a podcast for the New Books Network. In any argument for when was the lowest […]

Books, Arts, & Curiosities – Let Europe Arise!

Finest Hour 173, Summer 2016 Page 41 Werner Vogt, Winston Churchill und die Schweiz: Vom Monte Rosa zum Triumphzug durch Zürich,Verlag Neue Zürcher  Zeitung, 2015, 231 pages. ISBN 978–3038100867. Review by Jochen Burgtorf Jochen Burgtorf is professor of History and former chair of the History department at California State University, Fullerton. He is currently the […]

Books, Arts, & Curiosities – Stalin’s Man in London

Finest Hour 173, Summer 2016 Page 40 Gabriel Gorodetsky, ed., The Maisky Diaries, Red Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s 1932–1943, Yale University Press, 2015, 632 pages, $40. ISBN 978–0300180671 Review by D. Craig Horn D. Craig Horn is a former Russian linguist for the United States Air Force currently serving in the North […]

Books, Arts, & Curiosities – The Irish Perspective

Finest Hour 173, Summer 2016 Page 39 Paul Bew, Churchill and Ireland, Oxford University  Press, 208 pages, £16.99/ $29.95. ISBN 978–0198755210 Review by Robert McNamara Robert McNamara teaches History at Ulster University and is the editor of The Churchills in Ireland 1660– 1965: Connections and Controversies (Irish Academic Press, 2011). What did Winston Churchill really […]

Books, Arts, & Curiosities – Leader of the Pack

Finest Hour 173, Summer 2016 Page 38 Roger Hermiston, All Behind You, Winston: Churchill’s  Great Coalition, 1940–45,  Aurum Press, 406 pages, £20. ISBN 978–1781313312 Review by John Campbell John Campbell’s books include major biographies of F. E. Smith, Aneurin Bevan, Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher, and most recently Roy Jenkins. The title of this book derives […]

Action This Day Summer 1891, Summer 1916, Spring 1941

Finest Hour 173, Summer 2016 Page 36 By Michael McMenamin 125 Years ago Summer 1891 • Age 16 “A Head for My Room” Lord Randolph was still in South Africa on business during the summer when he received Winston’s letter recounting, among other things, the abandoned factory windows he and some other Harrow students had […]

Winston Churchill: The English-Speaking Peoples and the Free World

Finest Hour 173, Summer 2016 Page 32 By João Carlos Espada João Carlos Espada is the director and founder of the Institute for Political Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal. This article is extracted from his new book The Anglo-American Tradition of Liberty: A View from Europe (Routledge, 2016). Winston Churchill was indeed the […]

Tourism, Politics, Painting, and Personal Staff: Churchill’s Many Links to Switzerland

Finest Hour 173, Summer 2016 Page 28 By Werner Vogt Werner Vogt wrote his PhD dissertation about Churchill’s pictures in Switzerland’s leading daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung. The author of numerous newspaper articles and books, his latest book, about Churchill’s relationship to Switzerland, is reviewed on page 41. It would be pretentious to assume that Switzerland […]

Churchill in Stratford-upon-Avon

Finest Hour 173, Summer 2016 Page 26 Winston Churchill and William Shakespeare, the two greatest Britons, are now both celebrated in the Bard’s home of Stratford-upon-Avon, as the Stratford Armouries have become host to one of the finest collections of Churchilliana in existence. Jack Darrah gathered many of the best and rarest pieces celebrating Churchill’s […]

Leading Myths – Cape Town Gold: A Churchill Myth in Reverse

Finest Hour 173, Summer 2016 Page 24 By Warren Kimball Warren Kimball is a member of the Editorial Board of Finest Hour and Robert Treat Professor Emeritus of History at Rutgers. One of the challenges of writing proper history is telling what and why something happened within a broad enough context to avoid distortion-by-brevity. A […]

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