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THE STATESMAN WHO PREDICTED THE FUTURE

Winston Churchill was one of the most remarkable statesmen in history—but more than that, he had an uncanny ability to predict future events. Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman, by James C. Humes, a bestselling author on Winston Churchill and a Churchill reenactor, is the first book to examine this extraordinary aspect of Churchill’s character.

As a boy, Churchill predicted World War I. He envisioned the tank—and later helped make his vision a reality. As an elder statesman he foresaw the end of the Cold War, virtually to the year. He predicted the development of nuclear weapons, two decades before they were invented. In 1899, he imagined the rise of a figure remarkably like Adolf Hitler. He foresaw the creation of Israel, a cause he also helped advance as a politician. He even predicted the date of his own death.

How did Churchill do it? Some of it was simply inexplicable prescience. As Richard Nixon said, Churchill was the only “political leader in history who had his own crystal ball.” But Humes shows how Churchill’s intense study of history allowed him to predict the future, and how his experience as a historian and as a statesman helped him to understand the course of circumstances and events.
Churchill once said that a statesman needed “the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.” But Churchill very rarely got it wrong. Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman highlights one of the most amazing facets of one of history’s most amazing men.

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PRAISE for Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman

“Perhaps it is a cliché that a politician thinks of the next election and a statesman of the next generation, yet my grandfather found merit in the maxim. He had known leaders he esteemed as the greatest of statesmen…Churchill, however, was the leader he admired above all…In hundreds of studies of Churchill, no one else, remarkably enough, has focused on Churchill’s predictions and prophecies. James Humes has produced a book that is unique as well as necessary for an understanding of statesmanship.”
DAVID EISENHOWER, author and senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute

“Some have written that the two giants of the last century were Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan. As the latter’s son, I might agree, but I will leave that assessment to historians…Chroniclers will surely conclude that both men toppled totalitarian tyrannies with eloquence and courage. The two men had different styles, but each played a decisive role in the victory of freedom over dictatorship…[Churchill’s] sound judgment, along with his courage, made him one of history’s greatest leaders. There are important lessons here for our own troubled times.”
MICHAEL REAGAN, former radio host and Republican strategist

“What if?’ is the great parlor game of all historians, professional and amateur. In Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman, James Humes gives us a stunning but overlooked version of conjectural history. Humes outlines dozens of Churchill’s own spectacular prophecies, revealing him to be a Nostradamus of the political and military events of the twentieth century. To paraphrase Churchill himself: Never has so much been predicted by one man and ignored by so many?.?.?.?until now.”
MICHAEL KEANE, author of Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery History; 1 Reprint edition (November 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596987758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596987753
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Aeronaut on November 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Whether you know nothing about Winston Churchill or consider yourself a Churchill expert, this book is a worthwhile read. "Churchill-The Prophetic Statesman" reveals a unique characteristic of the famous British Prime Minister. When most people recall the colorful statesman, his sharp wit and leadership skills usually come to mind. However, as the author, Mr. James Humes, points out, there's even more to Mr. Churchill than these well known traits: his uncanny ability to predict the future. The book chronicles some of his earliest predictions as far back as the turn of the 20th century to more modern occurrences such as the formation of the European Union. There is an additional plus derived from the book. Not only is the reader made aware of Churchill's prophetic abilities but insight is offered into his character, nature and beliefs. Also, interesting historical information surrounding his life is provided.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen VINE VOICE on January 6, 2014
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There are many books about Winston Churchill but this one is unique. Whereas others may feature all or a portion of his life “Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman” is essentially a collection of statements and predictions made by Churchill that came true. The predictions run a broad gamut from the start of World War I, his own return to power, Arab Radicalism, the fall of Hitler and the Iron Curtain, the development of atomic weapons and the date of his own death to name just a few.

I view this work with two biases in mind. First, I have the highest respect for Winston Churchill. Second, I have a suspicion for anyone who picks prior statements and finds fulfillment in subsequent developments. I think that author James Humes makes a good case for the premise that Churchill’s greatness was based in large part on his vision that extended far beyond that of most people. I remain skeptical that all of the examples he gives are really fulfilled prophecies. I suspect that some are taken out of context and applied to events to which they bear no relationship. That notwithstanding this is an interesting book that stimulates the mind to ponder Churchill’s greatness, his magnificent career and, yes, his prophetic vision.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2012
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I bought this for my brother-in-law who is a Churchill Enthusiast, and he started reading it the minute he opened the package and was taking notes within a few minutes. Wow! Good score!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Watkins Family on February 16, 2014
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I am a Churchill fan, so reading this was fun and easy for me. Others may find it jumps around a bit and the language at times get a bit too flowery. But the nuggets and facts are more than enough to hold your attention.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank "Paco" Peterson on January 25, 2013
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It was hard to put this one down. Well written and referenced. I now like Winnie even more than before.
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By Southerner on March 23, 2013
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Thank you for the right price and good condition. Coconut Diet hasn't arrived, but have been in contact with shipper about this.
As I am a reader, am so excited to get the read the other ones.
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You have to love Mr Churchill and this book is very easy reading about him. Layered in context referring to Mr Churchill's past statements makes for a mind binding time of fascinating reflection.
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I found this to be one of the best books I have read on a historical figure. It is full of insight into what Churchill was thinking at the time of many of his greatest wins and loses.
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