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Hillsdale’s Superb Churchill Biography

Hillsdale’s Superb Churchill Biography

Every­one who labors in “the Churchill vine­yard” knows of Hills­dale College’s Churchill Project. It is built around Win­ston S. Churchill, the “offi­cial biog­ra­phy.” (The term is a bit mis­lead­ing, since noth­ing was offi­cial or cen­sored.) Read more on this effort on the Project web­site.

Sir Mar­tin com­plet­ed the eighth and final bio­graph­ic vol­ume in 1988. Alas the accom­pa­ny­ing vol­umes of doc­u­ments (aka “Com­pan­ion Vol­umes”) stalled in the 1990s. They had reached only through 1941.

Pres­i­dent Lar­ry Arnn of Hills­dale Col­lege, once Gilbert’s research assis­tant, arranged in 2006 to take on the job. He has pur­sued it with Churchillian deter­mi­na­tion.…

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How Many Words Did Sir Winston Churchill Write?

How Many Words Did Sir Winston Churchill Write?

How Many Speeches, How Many Words?

A col­league asks: “How many speech­es did Churchill make, and in how many words? Also, how many words did he write in his books and arti­cles?

Speech­es: To be pre­cise you’d have to count (I won’t!) the speech­es list­ed in the Win­ston S. Churchill: His Complete Speech­es 1897-1963. Rough esti­mate: there are forty speech­es per page of con­tents, about eight pages per vol­ume and eight volumes—so, at a guess, 2500 speech­es. But the Com­plete Speech­es are not quite complete—try to find his famous Dur­ban speech after escap­ing from the Boers in 1899, for example—and some are only excerpts—as from his lec­ture tours of North Amer­i­ca.…

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Why Churchill Shunned Pipes and Cigarettes

Why Churchill Shunned Pipes and Cigarettes

A friend sent me a Dun­hill fea­ture from the Dai­ly Tele­graph, stat­ing that Churchill occa­sion­al­ly smoked a pipe as a hol­i­day from cig­ars: “I can find no ref­er­ence to him hav­ing ever smoked a pipe, can you?”

I think Dun­hills are stretch­ing. I can find no tes­ti­mo­ny to Churchill ever smok­ing a pipe. There are indi­ca­tions that he deplored pipe smok­ing (though he tol­er­at­ed it from Sir Arthur Ted­der). Per­haps this arose through his antipa­thy (which grew in the ear­ly 1930s) to Prime Min­is­ter Stan­ley Bald­win.

Stan­ley Bald­win 1867-1947

By look­ing for Bald­win ref­er­ences, I found a key cig­ar-and-pipe stand­off between Churchill and “SB” in 1924, when they were on bet­ter terms, in Mar­tin Gilbert’s Win­ston S.

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