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"Encounters is the account of a modest man, a very profound thinker. His accounts of men and his meetings with them and his understandings of them are very valuable, thoughtful, and not at all self-indulgent. They tell us very much about his subjects and also, unconsciously, about the qualities of himself."--John Lukacs, author and historian "Paul Gottfried, an American intellectual of superior talent, has been treated abominably by Academia, not only for his conservatism but for his incorruptibility. Yet, Gottfried's memoir proceeds without bitterness, self-justification, or a settling of scores. This sprightly account of his career in Academia and conservative politics illuminates the intellectual and political currents of our time and abound with fresh insights and mature evaluations of persons and places."--Eugene D. Genovese, author and historian "It was a real treat to coast the curve of time with Professor Gottfried as his many milestones of intellectual history reveal their greatness with charm and their foibles with candor. The author's searing self-awareness is an inspiration to all who eschew vulgarity for nobility."-- Rabbi Daniel Lapin; President, American Alliance of Jews and Christians. "Paul Gottfried is a child of the century. He studied at Yale with Herbert Marcuse and has known Pat Buchanan, Will Herberg, Sam Frances, Richard Nixon, and many others. His autobiography "Encounters" narrates his intellectual journey, and will be indispensable as a source when the history of the conservative movement is written."--Jeffrey Hart, professor emeritus of English at Dartmouth College, cultural critic, columnist "Political philosopher Paul Gottfried, well-known for his studies of modern ideologies such as Marxism and neoconservatism, reveals the personal and intellectual influences that have made him one of our most provocative scholars. In this candid and beautifully written memoir, we learn more about friends such as Herbert Marcuse, Richard Nixon, and Patrick Buchanan than in a shelf of biographies. "Encounters" is indispensable reading for every student of modern American conservatism."---Lee Edwards, author and Distinguished Fellow at "The Heritage Foundation " "What jumps off the pages of "Encounters" is the amazing intellectual courage of an author who clearly and unequivocally states and defends what he believes. Agree with Gottfried or not, you will appreciate his refreshing honesty. A penetrating read."---L. Brent Bozell III, president of the "Media Research Center"" "

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Winston S. Churchill (1874–1965) served twice as prime minister of the United Kingdom, held numerous political and cabinet positions, fought in wars on four continents, and wrote more than forty books. In 1953 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
 
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James W. Muller, professor of political science at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, is academic chairman of the Churchill Centre, a by-fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and a recipient of the Farrow Award for Excellence in Churchill Studies. He is the editor Winston Churchill’s Thoughts and Adventures, also available from ISI Books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1 edition (May 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935191993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935191995
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This collection of short essays about various contempories of Winston Churchill is always worth reading, and this edition has five more! The essay on Rudyard Kipling is worth the price of admissioin.
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As a commentator notes, it is our good fortune that someone who was a major part of the making of 20th century history was also a gifted writer. This book is a jewel, with Churchill's insights on major figures viewed from his unique inside vantage point. The prose is a bit flowery and at times even Shakespearean, but still manages to be conversational. He weaves in literary references that set the tone on a classical and historic plane, sharing his stellar educational background and knowledge. In all, it is uniquely Churchillian. The piece on Kitchener is especially moving, as Churchill delves into the ironies of their relationship and its evolution over the years. This is a book to be kept close as one of the greats, and a deeply satisfying read.
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i simply dislike the color and design of ISI BOOKS BUT YES ITS AN IMPROVMENT SINCE THE FIRST book appeared in 1937 with 21 sketches they upgraDED TO 26 I THINK and now five more are added this is one of churchillgood book with a couple of others.
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I am really enjoying the book and get a new perspective on the lives of great men of that time.
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