With colleagues I discussed which of young Winston’s early war books was derisively called, “A Subaltern’s Advice to Generals.” This was a popular wisecrack after his early works had the temerity to propose British military strategy in India, Sudan and South Africa. Churchill was in his mid-twenties at the time—but not reticent to speak his mind. Nothing we didn’t know here….
Malakand Field Force?
Without consulting references, I thought the “advice” line involved The Story of the Malakand Field Force (Churchill’s first book, 1898). I was influenced by its last chapter, “The Riddle of the Frontier.” Plenty of advice there, though it is as much political as it is military.…
A quarter-century later in his father’s old office as Chancellor of the Exchequer, WSC was still waging a forlorn campaign for government economy. (“Poy” in the Daily Mail, 25 January 1926.)
Young Winston Churchill’s second speech in Parliament was a bravura performance taking up his father’s theme for economy in the budget.
A colleague asks: “How many speeches did Churchill make, and in how many words? Also, how many words did he write in his books and articles?
Speeches: To be precise you’d have to count (I won’t!) the speeches listed in the Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches 1897-1963. Rough estimate: there are forty speeches per page of contents, about eight pages per volume and eight volumes—so, at a guess, 2500 speeches. But the Complete Speeches are not quite complete—try to find his famous Durban speech after escaping from the Boers in 1899, for example—and some are only excerpts—as from his lecture tours of North America.…