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Churchill by Himself: The Definite Collection of Quotations    edited by Richard Langworth order for
Churchill by Himself
by Richard Langworth
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PublicAffairs, 2011 (2011)

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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

In his role as Chancellor of the Exchequer and then Prime Minister during perhaps the most critical period in England's modern-day history, Winston Churchill had the opportunity to speak to an untold number of people. A powerful and persuasive speaker whose pronouncements were often tempered with a biting wit, Churchill's words still resonate with listeners today just as they did during his own lifetime.

Richard Langworth served as president of The Churchill Center for nine years and has written A Connoisseur’s Guide to the Books of Winston Churchill. Perhaps no one is better qualified than Langworth to compile this 540 page collection of Churchill's quotes.

The most memorable aphorisms and commanding moments of the statesman's speeches are brought together in this cross-referenced volume offering a comprehensive, accurate portrayal of his timelessness, prescience, wit and wisdom.

Since Churchill is so often misquoted, Langworth also provides a short selection of Red Herrings: False Attributions which will include quotes which are either falsely attributed to him or things he never said at all. For example, Churchill never said, 'Democracy is the worst system, except for all the other systems.' And although he used it, Sir Winston did not originate the expression, 'Every dog has his day.'

Anyone interested in Winston Churchill's life will relish this collection of definitive quotes which span his entire life in and out of politics.

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