Churchill +144: Perspective of History, Ottawa, 30 November 2018
Posted by the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa.
Ottawa, Nov 30—
Richard M. Langworth CBE, spoke to the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa. The venue was Earnscliffe, the Residence of the British High Commissioner. The subject was “Winston Churchill, 144 Years On: The Perspective of History.ˮ
Langworth is a leading writers on Sir Winston. In 1968 he founded the Churchill Study Unit and its journal, Finest Hour. In 1982 he resurrected the journal from inactivity and edited it for thirty-five years. Five years ago he joined Hillsdale College (in Hillsdale, Michigan) as Senior Fellow for the Churchill Project, an endowed, permanent center of Churchill Studies in North America. In 1998, Richard was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. His citation was “for services to Anglo-American relations and the memory of Sir Winston Churchill.ˮ
In 2019, Hillsdale completes the thirty-first and final volume of Churchill’s official biography. The project began under Sir Winston’s son, Randolph Churchill, fifty-seven years ago. Hillsdale also houses the Martin Gilbert Papers and sponsors Churchill seminars, publications, tours and online courses. And despite its Michigan location, Hillsdale maintains a Canadian link via its recognition by our CRA.
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“Along the wayˮ Richard published the first American edition of Churchill’s 1931 volume India (1990) and the extremely scarce and otherwise inaccessible 1924 essay Shall We Commit Suicide? (1994). Later he produced ten more Churchill books. They include: A Connoisseur’s Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill (1998). Churchill by Himself (2008). The Definitive Wit of Winston Churchill (2009). The Patriot’s Churchill (2010). All Will Be Well: Good Advice from Winston Churchill (2011). Churchill in His Own Words (2012). Churchill and the Avoidable War (2015). Winston Churchill: Myth and Reality (2016). His current project is expanding Churchill by Himself by adding hundreds of new quotations. Many were inspired by his work with the Hillsdale volumes.
Richard and Barbara Langworth have hosted eleven Churchill Tours in England, Scotland, France and Australia (1983-2008) and were Churchill specialist booksellers (1984-2004). In March Langworth will lecture at Hillsdale on “Churchill and the Movies.ˮ Next June he is a speaker on the Hillsdale College cruise around Britain.