Much of my labor in the Churchill Vineyard involves researching quotations “AZ.” My 650-page books and ebooks, Churchill by Himself and Churchill in His Own Words, are the largest sources of Churchill’s philosophy, maxims, reflections and ripostes accompanied by a valid source for each entry. There are 4,150 entries, but a new, expanded and revised edition is coming. It will include a much larger appendix of “Red Herrings”—oft-repeated passages he never said but constantly ascribed to him.
British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, whose book, The Churchill Factor, is feted widely, is a likable gent who speaks his mind with a smile. He’s a chap you’d like to share a pint with at the local.
But fame and likability don’t a Churchill scholar make. And in that department, Boris Johnson needs some help.
His remarks are quoted from a November 14th speech at the Yale Club in New York City.Boris Fact-checks
1) Lend-Lease, Roosevelt’s World War II “loan” of $50 billion worth of war materiel to the Allies, “screwed” the British.
I queried Professor Warren Kimball of Rutgers University, editor of the Churchill-Roosevelt Correspondence and several books on World War II, who wrote:
This may seem like a silly question but it was brought up by a supposed World War II “historian,” with no proof, of course. The person stated that Churchill “tricked” Franklin Roosevelt into joining the war effort. Is there any proof of this or is it just a myth? I find it hard to believe. FDR joined the war after Pearl Harbor was attacked. I cannot see how someone is tricked into joining a war. Any insight you can give will be much appreciated. —G.K.
It’s an old favorite of the “full-mooners,” but has long been rejected by the more serious historians.
Sir Ian Kershaw, the Hitler biographer, published a fine book that touches on this and related events: Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions that Changed the World, 1940-1941, which I reviewed in 2008.…