Month: October 2010

Provide for Your Library

Provide for Your Library

“BILL’S BOOKS”

WFB with Lady Soames, Boston Churchill Con­fer­ence, 1995

“What shall I do with all my books?” Churchill asked in Thoughts and Adven­tures. It is a ques­tion we should all ponder—while there is still time.

In the Novem­ber 1st issue of Nation­al Review, Neal B. Free­man writes a touch­ing and sen­si­tive appre­ci­a­tion of the library of the late William F. Buck­ley, Jr.: an eclec­tic mix, from tomes on the harp­si­chord to biogra­phies of Elvis Pres­ley, from books inscribed to him to fever­ish­ly marked-up books relat­ing to Buckley’s own writ­ing, to the clas­sics he admired.…

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Churchill’s Rare Press Conferences

Churchill’s Rare Press Conferences

I am  com­plet­ing an Eng­lish assign­ment which looks at the speech­es of Win­ston Churchill and would like to look at any radio inter­views Churchill gave dur­ing World War II but have, so far, only been able to find speech­es. Please could you advise me whether any such inter­views are in exis­tence? —E.L.

Churchill rarely gave interviews—only two that I know of as a young man, and those reluc­tant­ly. Speech­es (live) were his pref­er­ence. How­ev­er, on his vis­it to Wash­ing­ton after Pearl Har­bor, on 23 Decem­ber 1941, Pres­i­den­tial Roo­sevelt ush­ered him into a pres­i­den­tial press con­fer­ence, where he acquit­ted him­self well.…

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Tribute to Stalin Nyet

Tribute to Stalin Nyet

I con­duct his­to­ry class­es at a small Sat­ur­day Russ­ian school in Edin­burgh, cov­er­ing the top­ic about rela­tion between the UK and the USSR. I have come across a ref­er­ence to Win­ston Churchill’s speech at the House of Com­mons on the 25th of Decem­ber 1959 ded­i­cat­ed to the 80th Josef Stal­in anniver­sary. Could you, please, kind­ly advise if it would be pos­si­ble to obtain the text of this speech for edu­ca­tion­al pur­pos­es, pro­vid­ing all nec­es­sary ref­er­enc­ing. —V.D., Edin­burgh

Josef Stal­in 1878-1953

Churchill made no speech­es at all in the House of Com­mons after his retire­ment in 1955, accord­ing to Hansard, the offi­cial Par­lia­men­tary Debates. He did make a hand­ful of speech­es dur­ing the 1959 British gen­er­al elec­tion held on 8 Octo­ber 1959, but made no men­tion of Stal­in, and he cer­tain­ly made no speech­es after Octo­ber.…

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