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AZ Quotes: A Cornucopia of Things Churchill Never Said

AZ Quotes: A Cornucopia of Things Churchill Never Said

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.

“Red Her­rings” are part of what quotemas­ter Nigel Rees calls “Churchillian Drift.” (Click here for the full descrip­tion).…

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Boris Says the Strangest Things

Boris Says the Strangest Things

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:

The U.S.…

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Pearl Harbor: Did Churchill Know?

Pearl Harbor: Did Churchill Know?

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.…

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