Month: March 2011

“The Compleat Wrks of Wnstn Chrchl (Abridged)”

“The Compleat Wrks of Wnstn Chrchl (Abridged)”

“The Man Who Saved Europe: How Win­ston Churchill Stopped the Nazis,” by Klaus Wiegrefe. Der Spiegel Online

This nine-part web­post is odd­ly remind­ful  of “The Com­pleat Wrks of Wilm Shk­spr (Abridged),” in which three actors deliv­er all of William Shakespeare’s works in a cou­ple of hours.

There’s noth­ing par­tic­u­lar­ly nov­el or new in this series. Aside from the famil­iar attempts to cast Churchill as occa­sion­al­ly demo­ni­ac, it agrees that he “Saved Europe.” But one would do bet­ter read­ing about World War II on Wikipedia—or, if you have time, one of the good spe­cial­ty stud­ies, like Geof­frey Best’s Churchill and War—or, if you real­ly want to know what Churchill thought, his abridged war mem­oirs.

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The Alcohol Question (Again)

The Alcohol Question (Again)

Ref­er­ence to Churchill and abuse of alco­hol. When my father and I had lunch with Churchill at the House of Com­mons in 1952, I cer­tain­ly did not see Churchill drink any more than the usu­al lunch time glass of wine. My father nev­er men­tioned his exces­sive use of alco­hol in any form.—R.W.

He had an impres­sive capac­i­ty but you’re right. Except for a body­guard who helped him and Eden tot­ter home after a night of toasts with the Rus­sians at Teheran, no one close ever saw him the worse for drink. (Well, Alan­brooke some­times wrote in his diary that the boss was ine­bri­at­ed.…

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