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Churchill By Himself [Kindle Edition]

Winston S. Churchill , Richard M. Langworth
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“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!”

Who can deny feeling moved by these words—or by any of the hundreds of speeches given by Winston Churchill to rally the British public, spur its government to armament against Hitler, and defend the causes for which he believed? Churchill By Himself is the first collection of quotations from a leader who had as much talent for wit as he had for inspiration and exhortation. Edited by renowned Churchill scholar Richard Langsworth, this volume is the definitive collection of important quotes from one of the 20th century’s most persuasive and brilliant orators.


Sir Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.”
Over a 64-year span, Churchill published over 40 books, many multi-volume definitive accounts of historical events to which he was a witness and participant. All are beautifully written and as accessible and relevant today as when first published.
During his fifty-year political career, Churchill served twice as Prime Minister in addition to other prominent positions—including President of the Board of Trade, First Lord of the Admiralty, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Home Secretary. In the 1930s, Churchill was one of the first to recognize the danger of the rising Nazi power in Germany and to campaign for rearmament in Britain. His leadership and inspired broadcasts and speeches during World War II helped strengthen British resistance to Adolf Hitler—and played an important part in the Allies’ eventual triumph.
One of the most inspiring wartime leaders of modern history, Churchill was also an orator, a historian, a journalist, and an artist. All of these aspects of Churchill are fully represented in this collection of his works.
Winston Churchill was more than a wartime leader and statesman. He was also an artist, a patriot, a philosopher, and a humorist. Our collection of Churchill’s more personal works gives the reader a fascinating insight into the great man’s character through his less formal writings.

Far from the lofty speeches that define his voice to most people, these works paint a picture of Churchill that is not only driven by a deep love for his country, but that is also surprisingly witty and self-deprecating. Ideal for Churchill fans and anyone interested in Britain’s political history, this collection provides an intimate picture of an important wartime leader—rare in both its detail and its vividness of personality.

Editorial Reviews


"American Spectator," December 2008"In "Churchill By Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations" editor Richard Langworth has with utmost scholarliness gathered 627 pages of Churchill's most memorable lines from his 15 million published words.....[A] magisterial work of scholarship that should be in the library of every Churchill aficionado." "Tucson Citizen," November 6, 2008"An absolute literary treasure"

About the Author

Richard Langworth is the author of A Connoisseur’s Guide to the Books of Winston Churchill and the editor of Finest Hour, the journal of Winston Churchill. He served as president of The Churchill Centre from 1990-99 and has been co-chairman of its Board of Trustees since 2000. A writer of forty books on Churchill and automotive history, he splits his time between Eleuthera, Bahamas, and New Hampshire.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1586489577
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (December 12, 2013)
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge, wonderful collection of Chuchill quotes December 23, 2008
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Winston Churchill is one of the few men whose name stands a good chance of being spoken by men as long as freedom exists. At 66, Churchill was called upon to rally a nation, an empire, teetering on the abyss of defeat.

And Churchill rallied his nation, his empire and the free world with his words.

A gifted orator and writer, Churchill authored 15 million published words. In this book are collected about 350,000 of Churchill's words in 4,120 quotations.

The editor, Richard Langworth, has done extensive research to validate the words as Churchill's own. It turns out that many follow the maxim of attributing words to Churchill that he had nothing to do with.

Churchill spent 50 years in public life. He was a soldier, journalist, Member of Commons, Lord of the Admiralty, member of the opposition, Prime Minister, world renowned author and more.

I've been an admirer of Churchill all my life. Many of the quotations are familiar to me. Yet, as they are categorized here, they take on a new life, a new perspecive.

Langworth begins with "The Immortal Words", the words of Churchill that will live forever in the memories of free men everywhere. The pity is that these words are rarely taught in American public schools. We will lose what we do not cherish and this means both the words of Churchill and our freedom.

Langworth progresses through Maxims, Churchillisms ("I have nothing ot offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat"), 34 sections in all that allow the reader to sense the full of Churchill and his words.

This is as remarkable book not only for Churchill admirers and students, but for those who revel in the beauty of the English language.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Churchill November 7, 2008
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Richard Langworth has hit another grand slam with his new book, 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! The Bible, Shakespeare, Churchill, and perhaps Mark Twain with a dash of Teddy Roosevelt make up the lion's share of quotations used by business people and governmental speech makers. 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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Churchill comes alive! November 19, 2008
What a great job Langworth has done! By putting Churchill's quotations in a variety of context that help the reader understand this complex man, he has accomplished much more than any previous, quotation oriented text. Too much of the Churchill literature (while great) is too tough a slog for many readers today. (yes... sad but true) This book will bring the wit and wisdom of this great man to a much larger audience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC! May 25, 2010
Richard Langworth has done a fantastic job of gathering together the accurate quotes of Sir Winston Churchill. I teach about Churchill constantly and this book certainly earns the acclaim that Winston Churchill's great-grandson Jack Churchill offered, "The bible of Churchill quotation"

This book is a 'must have' for any Churchill fan. No other quote book on the great man comes anywhere close to the depth and accuracy.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thousands of topically arranged clever, moving quotes January 21, 2013
This large collection of mostly-pithy quotes from Churchill's
speeches, books, and listener's recollections is surprisingly
entertaining. I'm not ready to plunge into his huge, multi-volume
history of World War II, or the three volumes of William Manchester's
biography of him. But this single weighty volume gives a great sense
of Churchill's mind, his words, and his personality. I started out
reading the amusing appendix of things Churchill *didn't* say, but is
generally considered to have said. A professional writer may seem to
be an odd background for the man who arguably saved the world in the
second world war, but it made him powerful and effective.

In addition to being an interesting read, this book could be useful to
speakers looking for an apt quote. I wish I had Churchill's gift for
words. It makes me want to go listen to some of his speeches online.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly excellent work July 27, 2011
Richard Langworth's utterly encyclopaediac knowledge of Sir Winston Churchill has never been better displayed than in this superb piece of scholarship. Churchill's genius with words and Langworth's genius at compilation complement each other magisterially. I have written five books about Churchill, and consider this to be the absolutely indispensable 'bible' for anyone interested in him.
Andrew Roberts
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and timely September 14, 2009
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What an amazing book! Churchill's analysis is spot on, and in hindsight we see clearly how brilliant he was. If only our legislators were interested - there is plenty of advice for them in dealing with today's issues. This is a must read tome for those who want the full flavor of the events and consequences of WWII. The print is small, but well worth the effort.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I think books written by him would be a better investment.
While interesting and I appreciate the effort by the author this book is a little redundant.
I think books written by him would be a better investment.
Published 15 days ago by Tony Garisek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It meet my exceptions. Enjoying
Published 1 month ago by sandra adams
5.0 out of 5 stars great
prompt delivery, great book
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Published 2 months ago by Eleanor M. Tatro
4.0 out of 5 stars Winston Churchill has always interested me, and this book ...
Winston Churchill has always interested me, and this book offers such an insight into the man...what he believed in and stood for. An A+ from this reader.
Published 2 months ago by Diana G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very interesting and helped me to understand that time and what is now happening
Published 4 months ago by Roger Roe
5.0 out of 5 stars Big FAn!
Adore Churchill's writing and having it all in one volume is great!
Published 6 months ago by Annalisa Magniet
5.0 out of 5 stars Winston, you are so savvy !
Wonderful compilation of Churchill's own words. He had a wonderful mastery of the English language and was very erudite. Read more
Published 7 months ago by tleeminnieme
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Churchill was one the most important person in the second war world
Published 8 months ago by javier ceballos
4.0 out of 5 stars A man apart
I have not read the entire book yet, simply tasted various sections to immerse myself in the wit and outlook of Mr. Churchill. This sampling of his words is an amazing compendium.
Published 9 months ago by R. Ramirez
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