Tag: Eisenhower

“Stalin never broke his word to me.” Churchill’s words?

“Stalin never broke his word to me.” Churchill’s words?

First Meet­ing, Moscow 1942: WSC’s inter­preter Major Arthur Birse, Churchill, U.S. envoy Averell Har­ri­man, Stal­in, and Sovi­et For­eign Min­is­ter Vyach­eslav M. Molo­tov.

A fact check­er from a major mag­a­zine wrote ask­ing if Churchill ever declared, “Stal­in nev­er broke his word to me.” The short answer is yes. The long answer shows how care­ful we should be when quot­ing Churchill.

The orig­i­nal source of this quote is the jour­nal­ist C.L. Sulzberg­er (1912-1993), in his 1970 book, Last of the Giants, page 304. Here Sulzberg­er reports his “five hours with old Win­ston Churchill” at Chartwell on 10 July 1956.…

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“The Bank of Observance”

“The Bank of Observance”

I am in the final stages of writ­ing a book on the reli­gious beliefs of post-World War II Pres­i­dents. In the chap­ter on Dwight Eisen­how­er, I wrote that although Eisen­how­er asked for the “bless­ing of Almighty God” on D-Day, few assess­ments of him would dwell on his reli­gious char­ac­ter: “In fact, Eisenhower’s faith might be more accu­rate­ly described by Win­ston Churchill’s remark that he had made “so many deposits in the Bank of Obser­vance” as a youth that he had been con­fi­dent­ly with­draw­ing from it ever since. Can you con­firm the quo­ta­tion? —D.H., Vir­ginia

Hap­py to assist.…

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Bull in a China Shop

Bull in a China Shop

An recent arti­cle declares: “Win­ston Churchill once described Amer­i­can diplo­ma­cy as  ‘a bull who car­ries his own chi­na shop around with him.’” Is this an accu­rate quote, and if so, in rela­tion too what? —L.K., Texas

John Fos­ter Dulles (1888-1959)

The expres­sion is fre­quent­ly repeat­ed, but in regard to Eisenhower’s Sec­re­tary of State John Fos­ter Dulles, not Amer­i­can diplo­ma­cy. But it does not track among Churchill’s 15 mil­lion pub­lished words (books, arti­cles, speech­es, papers), or 35 mil­lion about him. The phrase “chi­na shop” comes up 22 times, vir­tu­al­ly all of them remarks by oth­ers about Churchill….…

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