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"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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 627 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1st edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586486381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586486389
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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.

Jerry
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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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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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Format: Paperback
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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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.

CHURCHILL BY HIMSELF: THE LIFE, TIMES AND OPINIONS OF WINSTON CHURCHILL IN HIS OWN WORDS.
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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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Wonderful compilation of Churchill's own words. He had a wonderful mastery of the English language and was very erudite. It seems he was "made" to run Britain during WW II and his words often ring true today.

It's not necessarily a book you sit and read cover to cover as you would a novel. It's more like an encyclopedia of Churchill's words and speeches ( and some good one liners).

At a couple of dollars it is quite a worthy book to have. Highly recommend it.
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