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Robert E. Lee and the Fashionable Urge to Hide from History

Robert E. Lee and the Fashionable Urge to Hide from History

Youthful encounter

“Who’s that man on the horse?” I asked my father at the age of about sev­en. “That’s Robert E. Lee,” my Dad said.

“Who was he?” … “He led the South in the Civ­il War.”

He gave me a book for young peo­ple which I still have. Illus­trat­ed Minute Biogra­phies: 150 Fas­ci­nat­ing Life-sto­ries of Famous Peo­ple, from the Dawn of Civ­i­liza­tion to the Present Day, Dra­ma­tized with Por­traits and Scenes from Their Lives, by Willam A. DeWitt. It’s still avail­able and inex­pen­sive. It’s far out of date now, but still a fine read for the young.…

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“The Pool of England”: How Henry V Inspired Churchill’s Words

“The Pool of England”: How Henry V Inspired Churchill’s Words

Excerpt­ed from “Churchill, Shake­speare and Hen­ry V.” Lec­ture at “Churchill and the Movies,” a sem­i­nar spon­sored by the Cen­ter for Con­struc­tive Alter­na­tives, Hills­dale Col­lege, 25 March 2019. For the com­plete video, click here.

Shakespeare’s Henry: Parallels and Inspirations

Above all and first, the impor­tance of Hen­ry V is what it teach­es about lead­er­ship. “True lead­er­ship,” writes Andrew Roberts, “stirs us in a way that is deeply embed­ded in our genes and psyche.…If the under­ly­ing fac­tors of lead­er­ship have remained the same for cen­turies, can­not these lessons be learned and applied in sit­u­a­tions far removed from ancient times?”

Churchill’s war speech­es are—what shall we say—inspired by, remind­ful of, anal­o­gous to Shakespeare’s works in ancient times.…

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Novelist and Statesman: The Two Winston Churchills

Novelist and Statesman: The Two Winston Churchills

Book­sellers spe­cial­iz­ing in Sir Win­ston S. Churchill are still fre­quent­ly offered books by Win­ston Churchill the Amer­i­can nov­el­ist. Their rela­tion­ship is worth a pass­ing glance.

Novelist Winston: Early Parallels

Win­ston Churchill was born in St. Louis, Mis­souri on 10 Novem­ber 1871 and edu­cat­ed in the city’s pub­lic schools (“pub­lic” in the Amer­i­can sense, “state schools” in the British sense). In 1894, a year before his Eng­lish coun­ter­part grad­u­at­ed from the Roy­al Mil­i­tary Col­lege (now Acad­e­my) at Sand­hurst, Churchill grad­u­at­ed from the Unit­ed States Naval Acad­e­my at Annapo­lis. After the Naval Acad­e­my, he served briefly on the edi­to­r­i­al staff of the Army and Navy Jour­nal.…

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