Author: David Cannadine
Editor(s): David Cannadine
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140128131
In this first single-volume edition of his most famous speeches, the editor selects thirty-three orations ranging over fifty years, demonstrating how Churchill gradually honed his rhetoric until the day when, with spectacular effect, he mobilized the English language, and sent it into battle.
The most eloquent and expressive statesman of his time-phrases such as iron curtain, business as usual, the few and summit meeting passed quickly into everyday use-Winston Churchill used language as his most powerful weapon at a time when his most powerful weapon at a time when his most frequent complaint was that the armoury was otherwise empty.
Churchill was a word-spinner of genius, because of his moral and emotional stature, parts of his wartime speeches can now be seen to take their place with such other imperishables as Nelson’s prayer before Trafalgar and the Gettysburg address…A splendid anthology.
-Ludovic Kennedy in the Sunday Telegraph
You have taken the measure of your foe, you have only to go forward with confidence.
-Dundee, June 1915
All is over. Silent, mournful, abandoned, broken, Czechoslovakia recedes into the darkness.
-House of Commons, October 1938.
We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire…Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.
-BBC broadcast, February 1941
List of Illustrations
A Churchill Chronology
PART ONE: MASTERING HIS VOICE 1900-1917
The Maiden Speech: A Certain Splendid Memory
The Transvaal Constitution: The Gift of England
Haranguing the Hustings: A Gust of Public-House Passion
The Navy’s Task: We Have Got to Keep It Strong
The Dardanelles Scapegoat: I Have Done My Best
A Disastrous Proposal: Recalling Lord Fisher
PART TWO: SCORNING AND WARNING 1917-1939
The Bolshevik Menace: An Aggressive and Predatory Form
A Budget Broadcast: Let Us Go Forward Together
The Indian Threat: A Seditious Middle Temple Lawyer
Britain’s Air Defences: We Are Vulnerable
The Failure to Re-arm: The Locust Years
Munich: A Total and Unmitigated Defeat
PART THREE: MOBILIZING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE 1940
The New Administration: Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat
The Impending Ordeal: Be Ye Men of Valour
Dunkirk: Wars Are Not Won by Evacuations
Alone: Their Finest Hour
The Battle of Britain: The Few
On the Death of Neville Chamberlain: An English Worthy
PART FOUR: WAGING THE WAR OF WORDS 1941-1945
Appeal to America: Give Us the Tools
A Difficult Time: Westward, Look, the Land Is Bright
The Widening Conflict: A Long, Hard War
A No-Confidence Motion Repulsed: I Offer No Excuses
On the Death of Lloyed George: A Man of Action, Resource and Creative Energy
On the Death of Franklin Roosevelt: The Greatest Champion of Freedom
Victory in Europe: Forward, Till the Whole Task Is Done
PART FIVE: SPEAKING WITH DIFFERENT TONGUES 1945-1955
Electioneering Once More: Some Form of Gestapo
Final Review of the War: Why should We Fear for Our Future?
The Soviet Danger: The Iron Curtain
European Unity: Something That Will Astonish You
Tribute to George VI: The King Walked with Death
Debate on the Address: Time, Calm, Industry and Vigilance
Eightieth Birthday: This Superb Honour
Swan Song: Never Despair