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Churchill and Professor Lindemann, Lord Cherwell

Churchill and Professor Lindemann, Lord Cherwell

I reviewed the 1940-45 vis­i­tors books at Che­quers. I was struck by how often Lord Cher­well (Fred­er­ick Lin­de­mann) was there—far more than fam­i­ly and staff. He vis­it­ed more than Brack­en and Beaver­brook, or the Chiefs of Staff. What do you make of him? What’s best to read on him? —A.R., London

Most frequent visitor

After the death of the F.E. Smith, the first Lord Birken­head, Fred­er­ick Lin­de­mann, Lord Cher­well (1886-1957) was prob­a­bly Churchill’s clos­est friend. His sig­na­ture is also the most fre­quent in the vis­i­tors book at Chartwell, where it appears 86 times, more than any­one else (Bren­dan Brack­en only 31, although vis­i­tors usu­al­ly signed only when stay­ing overnight, and Brack­en fre­quent­ly returned to Lon­don).…

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Churchillian (or Yogi Berra) Drift: How Quotations are Invented

Churchillian (or Yogi Berra) Drift: How Quotations are Invented

Above: Drift­ing into Trinidad, March 1961. Churchill, 87, at the Governor’s res­i­dence, Port of Spain, dur­ing a cruise aboard the Onas­sis yacht Christi­na. Low­er right: Dr. Eric Williams, who in August 1962 became the first prime min­is­ter of inde­pen­dent Trinidad and Tobago. 

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Churchillian Drift is just the tick­et. I have been look­ing for a term to describe the numer­ous pot­ted, inac­cu­rate Churchill quotes. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth puts its trousers on.” That is big right now on Twit­ter. “Suc­cess is not final, fail­ure is not fatal: it is the courage to con­tin­ue that counts.”…

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Non-Churchill Quotes: A Porny Issue

Non-Churchill Quotes: A Porny Issue

Anoth­er gold­en oldie Churchill “quote” which Churchill nev­er uttered will soon be mak­ing the Twit­ter rounds, and this one is a bit off-col­or. Colum­nist Jon­ah Gold­berg uses it to reflect on “A Thorny Porn-y Issue for the New York Pub­lic Library.” No prob­lem with his point about the NY Pub­lic, but this quote is not Churchill’s in any way.

For col­lec­tors of Churchillian red her­rings, here’s the alleged exchange: Churchill report­ed­ly says to a woman at a par­ty, “Madam, would you sleep with me for 5 mil­lion pounds?” The woman stam­mers: “My good­ness, Mr. Churchill. Well, yes, I sup­pose …” Churchill inter­rupts: “Would you sleep with me for five pounds?” The…

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