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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; Reprint edition (November 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786888709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786888702
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Who can forget the words "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!" They were uttered in 1940 by one of the 20th century's greatest orators, Winston Churchill, eager to spur on his countrymen in their fight against Nazi Germany. Now the great man's grandson has gathered Churchill's most memorable words, spanning more than half a century, in times of war and in times of peace. Part of Churchill's gift, his grandson writes, was his ability to address his radio listeners "not as unseen masses but as individuals-he envisioned his audience as a couple and their family gathered around their coal fire in the cottage-home." Churchill the editor introduces each speech with a bit of historical context and scene-setting. Any admirer of Churchill's will want to add this volume to their library.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Here's an economical alternative to the eight-volume collection of Winston Churchill's public speeches published in 1974. This one-volume condensation of the great man's declamations, done by his namesake and descendant, arranges the oratory according to Churchill's career path: those delivered as a parvenu politician before World War I; as the singed scapegoat for the Dardanelles fiasco; as a government minister in the 1920s; while out of office in the 1930s, when his warnings of the Nazi menace went unheeded. This edition's focus is inevitably the defiant Churchill of 1940, promising naught but blood, toil, tears, and sweat; vowing never to surrender; and apostrophizing the few in the Battle of Britain. Although the editor pays homage to Churchill through his selections and commentary, he also makes sure to include unflattering, controversial speeches. The whole provides context for the Churchillian phrases most see only in excerpts. Gilbert Taylor
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If you are a history buff, you must read these speaches.
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Today we need the qualities of courage and determination against all odds that he projected, as well as his great vision of history.
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The speeches of Churchill are famous and well known and available in different formats.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Susan Norton on November 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a politician Churchill made some mistakes, and he was not always consistant, but he was right pretty often, and right on most of the big things. Today we need the qualities of courage and determination against all odds that he projected, as well as his great vision of history. One can imagine how decisively he would have dealt with the war on terrorism had he been alive today. He combined valour and a high romantic vision of nobility and of the worth of our civilization's heritage with (most of the time) a firm foundation and framework of common sense and appreciation of what was and was not possible. Though he loved military pageantry he cared for humanity and did much more than most to save it in a dark Century. These speeches are an important part of the heritage of the besieged West, and a tool-kit to aid clear and decisive thinking in toubled and confusing times. The book deserves its high place on Amazon's sales list. Reading it is a tonic for the spirit.
Finally, reading great chunks of Churchill is the best thing for improving one's own English style that I know. His prose is a delight to read, and a painless lesson in the effective use of words.
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86 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Seth J. Frantzman HALL OF FAME on November 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Originally this book seemed to have high hopes. Churchill was simply the best, most eloquent moving speaker of the 20ths century. Anyone who has listened to his speeches on tape will agree that his metered tone, angry growl and twisting of words like Nazi into 'Nazziiii' will move you to tears and to want to follow him. This book is a compilation of his `greatest speeches'. Unfortunately the volume does not emphasize his BEST speeches, namely the ones he made from 1938-1941. The author, his grandson, should have spent more time introducing the really famous speeches and spent less time and space on the more marginal speeches which took place in 1942-44.
Churchill has always been remembered for three things; Warning Britain of impending war in the 30s, rallying the country when all seemed lost in 1940 and finally for warning the world of communism in the `iron curtain' speech. Although these important speeches are in this book its not easy to find them and they are jumbled in with speeches that are easily forgettable.
Its almost impossible to locate the `Never give in, never surrender' speech for which the book is named. Its even harder to locate the `fight on the beaches, fight in the hills' speech. Not quite as hard to find is the `finest hour' speech. Also hard to locate though is the `if a large part of our island should be occupied we shall retreat to our empire and our navy' portion of his famous 1940 speech. This essential line occurs in the end of a speech that is not introduced as being important, and yet this line was important in seeing Churchill's unending hatred and indomitable will to defeat Hitler, no matter the cost, a personality trait which probably saved western civilization from the Huns.
An important book, a great reference and a good gift.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What strikes the reader most is this: WSC saw the moral dimension of political and economic events. I expected the eloquence and the courage; I didn't expect the insight and moral depth. So this becomes more than a collection of great speeches; more than a demonstration of the power of words used well; it shines as an example of the importance of the moral dimension of everyday events. Churchill saw that, and shared it with us all. This is a terrific book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elad Kehat on December 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book seeking to learn from Churchill's skills as an orator, and I got more than my money's worth. If you're interested in the art of public speaking, then by all means read Churchill's speaches!

As a positive side effect (concidering my purpose in reading it), it is a morally inspiring book. Churchill's eloquence works in paper almost as much as it did in real life.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bill O'Chee on September 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is an outstanding collection of speeches from perhaps the greatest orator to grace the English language. Having been edited and published by his grandson, Winston Churchill, it would be tempting to be cynical and think of this as a money making exercise, but that would be very wrong.

The editor has taken great care in his selection, and the thoughtfulness shows through. For example, the book ranges from the famous, such as "Be ye men of valour" or "We shall fight them on the beaches" to esoteric speeches such as that delivered on the repudiation of the Balfour Declaration.

This is book which will rightly appeal to many, from those interested in history, to those wanting to study the works of a great orator, and pure and simple Churchill fans. The best thing though, is that one can dip into the book and sample it at different places. It holds pride of place on my bookshelf.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
One can feel it from the very first speeches. Churchill had a spirit , a life, a kind of vitality and energy in all that he did. Even in the most ordinary matters he conveys a certain excitement and drama. This is of course especially true in the great speeches that rallied the British people in the Second World War. The Dunkirk speech, the "we will never surrender" words, the "Finest Hour" words of determination and defiance. Along with the great sweep of heroic feeling there is a language somehow so visceral, so capable of stirring the emotions.

And it is important to remember that these speeches were not simply brilliant rhetorical performances, but were historical actions of the first order which had meaning in the great struggle to save freedom and human civilization.
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