Darkest Hour, a film by Focus Features, directed by Joe Wright, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and Kristin Scott Thomas as Clementine Churchill, 2hrs 5 min, December 2017.
Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the gate: “To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds For the ashes of his fathers And the temples of his gods…” —Thomas Babington Macaulay
Churchill and the Avoidable War will cost you the price of a cup of coffee. You can read it in a couple of nights. You may then decide if Churchill was right (or wrong) that World War II could have been prevented. Click on “Buy Now” under the book image at right on this page.
Here is an excellent survey of the key “what if” junctures where history could have taken a different turn. What I like about it especially is that it conscientiously steers away from any definitive pronouncements about one zig or zag making all the difference in preventing World War II.…
“If you don’t know the author of a choice quote, credit it to Churchill, Einstein, Lincoln or Martin Luther King, Jr.. Everybody will be impressed and they said so much that nobody will know the difference.”
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” is big right now on Twitter. Also: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Then there is: “If I were your husband, I’d drink it,” Churchill’s alleged retort to Lady Astor’s threat to poison his coffee, which was most likely uttered by his friend F.E.…