Andrew Roberts, Churchill: Walking with Destiny. New York, Viking, 2018, 1152 pages, $40, Amazon $25.47, Kindle $17.99. Also published by the Hillsdale College Churchill Project. For Hillsdale reviews of Churchill works since 2014, click here. For a list of and notes on books about Churchill from 1905 currently through 1995, visit Hillsdale’s annotated bibliography.
A colleague asks whether Winston and Clementine Churchill’s private name for President Roosevelt was “Don Quixote.” Also, who compared Roosevelt and Churchill to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza? This offers an interesting troll through the sources.
So far as I can learn, the Quixote – Panza analogy for Roosevelt and Churchill (also FDR and his devoted adviser Harry Hopkins) occurred only during the 1943 Casablanca Conference (SYMBOL). Roosevelt proposed those code names, and I rather think Churchill had different image of them than FDR. (Oxford English Dictionary: “Quixote: Enthusiastic visionary, pursuer of lofty but impracticable ideals.”) Of course we can’t be sure.…
A colleague asks: “Why was Winston Churchill able to get away with calling Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald the “Boneless Wonder,” whereas a Labour MP was sent home by the Speaker last week for calling Prime Minister David Cameron “Dodgy Dave”?
Good question! Ah for the likes of Question Time in the U.S. Congress, where President Trump or Madam President Clinton gets to be grilled with all the famous gusto of the House of Commons.
Dodgy: 11 April 2016 Mr. Skinner fires all barrels at Mr. Cameron.
Eighty-four-year-old Dennis Skinner (Lab., Bolsover) was ejected from the House of Commons by the Speaker, John Bercow, for refusing to withdraw, and in fact repeating, the term “Dodgy Dave” with respect to David Cameron.…