(One of a series of weekday posts about the life of Winston S. Churchill.)
I’ve not read the book I’m about to call to your attention. What follows is an announcement, not a review.
Richard Langworth is editor of Finest Hour, the Churchill Centre’s quarterly journal and author of a number of outstanding books including Connoisseur's Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill and The Churchill Lexicon.
Now at Amazon's site there's news of Langworth’s just released annotated collection of Churchill sayings. The following is from the Product Description portion of Amazon’s order page:
“Never give in!” Winston Churchill is famous for admonishing: “This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never.” What most people don’t know is that when he said this he was addressing not a nation facing the threat of invasion, but a roomful of schoolboys at his old school.Based on what Langworth and a few other historians who’ve read sections of the work in preparation have said, calling Churchill By Himself “the first wholly accurate record of the esteemed statesman’s words” is commercial hype.
A powerful, persuasive speaker and notorious wit, Churchill is one of the twentieth century’s most oft-quoted leaders—and one frequently misquoted or quoted out of context. Yet his actual remarks were often much wiser and wittier than reported.
Churchill By Himself is the first exhaustive, attributed, and annotated collection of Churchill sayings. Edited by a longtime Churchill scholar and authorized by the Churchill estate, the quotations provide the first wholly accurate record of the esteemed statesman’s words.
This from a reviewer at Amazon sounds more like what I feel sure the book really is:
Richard Langworth has hit another grand slam with his new book,While Churchill By Himself was only released last week and is sure to be a heavy seller, Amazon has discounted it.
Churchill by Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations. This is an extraordinary work of scholarship that documents what Churchill said and didn't say.
Like his previous work, A Connoisseur’s Guide to
the Books of Winston Churchill (unfortunately I lost mine in Katrina),
Richard's meticulous attention to detail sheds pure white light on
Churchill's quotations. It's about time someone cleared the air! …
I'm no longer surprised how many quotations are attributed to Churchill which he
never said or would have said. Now we can all get ground truth thanks to Richard Langworth.
You can learn more about the book and how to order it here.
I hope you all have a very nice weekend that includes a few minutes ordering Churchill By Himself.
Even without reading the book, I feel certain it'll give you hours of pleasure, useful information, wisdom, and inspiration.