New Churchill Documents, Vol. 19, “Fateful Questions”

February 18, 2017

The longest biography in history takes a long step to completion with publication of  The Churchill Documents, Vol. 19, Fateful Questions, September 1943-April 1944. (Order your copy here). Fastidiously compiled by the late Sir Martin Gilbert and edited by Dr. Larry Arnn, these 2700 pages serve up another fresh contribution of documents crucial to our understanding of Churchill […]

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Songs Churchill Would Love: “Willie McBride”

February 13, 2017

Sir Martin Gilbert’s moving book, The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War, ends with verses from “Willie McBride,” by the Scottish-Australian songwriter Eric Bogle, which carry an evergreen message to all generations, and capture what Churchill thought of modern war—which he tried so hard, before both World Wars, to avoid. Sir Martin […]

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Galloper Jack Seely, Churchillian

February 11, 2017

A colleague asks if it’s true that Churchill comrade Jack Seely was “arrested for arrogance” in the Boer War! It doesn’t sound to either of us like an arrestable offense, but fits the character—a lordly aristocrat-adventurer, and thus almost inevitable Friend of Winston. A Churchill biographer, Esme Wingfield-Stratford, agreed: “Gallant Jack Seely, from the Isle of Wight…a light-hearted […]

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Churchill and the Avoidable War: Outline

January 31, 2017

A reader who enjoys my book, Churchill and the Avoidable War, suggests that it would appeal more broadly if people knew what was in it (like the Affordable Care Act). Ever anxious to reap the huge monetary rewards of a Kindle Single, I offer this brief outline. If this convinces you to invest in my little […]

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Tech Start-Ups: Dan Lyons’ Eye-Opener

January 28, 2017

Because my son works in Silicon Valley, and has start-up experience both as an employee and a founder, I found this book of interest and devoured it in three nights. It’s the story of a journalist who, at 52, tries his hand as a tech marketer, and is gravely shocked and disappointed with the culture he […]

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