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Richard M. Langworth November 14, 2012 at 18:07

My comments to Mr. Reid were private. I know he considered them all, but he was the author. WSC was certainly an “optimistic agnostic” himself, but he respected all religions (including Islam, despite frequently being quoted out of context on it). He knew the King James Bible better than some theologians. His many references to “Christian civilization” make his view of it self-evident. Of course everyone has their own opinions of Churchill’s views. There are a lot to consider.

Craig Trimble November 14, 2012 at 17:41

THE LAST LION — PREAMBLE
As a past member of the Churchill Society (Reves Chapter) and avid reader of nearly all of his books I have long awaited completion of this trology. Having jsut completed the Preamble I wonder what you thought regarding the author’s rather strong suppositions and conclusions they drew regarding WSC’s views on Christianity (not churchgoing or clergy, the proof is in the pudding there).
I felt there were two era’s in these quotes (supported by footnotes dating content) — youth vs. the wisdom of age — and they were not discussed. There seemed to be many preconceived suppositions that felt more like the author’s views were superimposed over WSC’s. There were definate conflicts — but quotes on Heaven alwsy seemed to be cites as cynicism. Seems to me WSC could be more like Thomas Jefferson and his conflicting views. I simply did not see the conclusion that he was an Agnostic supported.

David A. Larson, Sr. July 5, 2012 at 10:33

We have corresponded in the past – I believe you are from the Harrisburg, PA area. I live Mechanicsburg. I am glad to hear that Vol III of the “Last Lion” series is coming soon. I am excited to read it.

Thank you.

David A. Larson, Sr.
CDR, USN, Retiered

Monty Waters December 30, 2011 at 16:36

You might be interested in this (undated) magazine, Tailor and Cutter, featuring Churchill and Eden on the cover:
http://www.permanentstyle.co.uk/

The blogger comments (favorably) on Churchill’s clothing and specifically his bow tie!

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Richard M. Langworth June 19, 2011 at 11:11

Thanks for the kind words. Churchill was human and made mistakes, but tackling illegitimate criticism has been a fun hobby. Browse “Reviews” on this site, and take a look at Leading Churchill Myths, which I’ve written or compiled to cover the most popular canards. On recent nonsense-books, see also “The Fine Art of Selective Quoting.”

Lincoln June 18, 2011 at 20:21

I congratulate you on your website. Had I more time I’d launch a site whose aim would be to take on current denigrators of Churchill. You are obviously a busy man, but yet manage to keep your site updated and full of interest – which reveals you to be of a class of efficiency and effectiveness far exceeding mine.

I wonder if you’ve had any thoughts on devoting any part of your site to to the group of prominent people who seem to have taken a violent dislike to Churchill – David Irving and Christopher Hitchens among them. Of the two I’ve named, the former suffers, I think, from a meta-patriotic impulse towards Germany; the latter, though possessing, undeniably, a sound intellect, suffers I think from a pronounced inferiority complex vis-a-vis Churchill. Both of them have – where Churchill is concerned – a pseudoscholarship that is sticks out like a sore thumb.

Richard M. Langworth December 14, 2010 at 12:19

Mike, this is a common misquotation dating back to the original newspaper coverage in 1954. See my post:
http://richardlangworth.com/2010/12/jaw-to-jaw-versus-jaw-jaw/

Mike Doran December 13, 2010 at 17:41

In the following article, WC is quoted as saying “to jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.”

CHURCHILL URGES PATIENCE IN COPING WITH RED DANGERS
By W. H. LAWRENCES
New York Times (1923-Current file); Jun 27, 1954; pg. 1

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