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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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Churchill Bio-Pics: The Trouble with the Movies

Churchill Bio-Pics: The Trouble with the Movies

“The Trou­ble with the Movies” was pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Thinker, 5 August 2017.

David Fran­co, review­ing the film Churchill, star­ring Bri­an Cox, rais­es ques­tions he says every­one should be ask­ing. “Isn’t the abil­i­ty to accept one’s mis­takes part of what makes a man a good leader? …. To what extent should we rely [on] past expe­ri­ences in order to min­i­mize mis­takes in the future? These are the ques­tions that make a bad movie like Churchill worth see­ing.”

Well, I won’t be see­ing this bad movie. Described as “per­verse fan­ta­sy” by his­to­ri­an Andrew Roberts, it joins a recent spate of slop­py Churchill bio-pics that favor skewed car­i­ca­tures over his­tor­i­cal fact.…

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Tribute to Stalin Nyet

Tribute to Stalin Nyet

I con­duct his­to­ry class­es at a small Sat­ur­day Russ­ian school in Edin­burgh, cov­er­ing the top­ic about rela­tion between the UK and the USSR. I have come across a ref­er­ence to Win­ston Churchill’s speech at the House of Com­mons on the 25th of Decem­ber 1959 ded­i­cat­ed to the 80th Josef Stal­in anniver­sary. Could you, please, kind­ly advise if it would be pos­si­ble to obtain the text of this speech for edu­ca­tion­al pur­pos­es, pro­vid­ing all nec­es­sary ref­er­enc­ing. —V.D., Edin­burgh

Josef Stal­in 1878-1953

Churchill made no speech­es at all in the House of Com­mons after his retire­ment in 1955, accord­ing to Hansard, the offi­cial Par­lia­men­tary Debates. He did make a hand­ful of speech­es dur­ing the 1959 British gen­er­al elec­tion held on 8 Octo­ber 1959, but made no men­tion of Stal­in, and he cer­tain­ly made no speech­es after Octo­ber.…

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