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Never give in! : the best of Winston Churchill's speeches
Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965.
First U.S. edition.
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New York : Hyperion, [2003]

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xxxi, 524 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
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Winston Churchill was the most eloquent and expressive statesman of his time. It was as an orator that Churchill became most completely alive, and it was through his oratory that his words made their greatest and most enduring impact. While the definitive collection of Churchill's speeches fills eight volumes, here for the first time, his grandson, Winston S. Churchill, has put together a personal selection of his favorite speeches in a single, indispensable volume. He has chosen from his grandfather's entire output and thoughtfully introduces each selection. The book covers the whole of Churchill's life, from the very first speech he made to those of his last days. It includes some of Churchill's best-known speeches as well as some that have never before been published in popular form. Today, Sir Winston Churchill is revered as an indomitable figure and his wisdom is called upon again and again. Reading these speeches, from the perspective of a new century, we can once again see Sir Winston Churchill's genius and be moved and inspired by his words.

Author Notes

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace on November 30, 1874 and educated at Harrow and Sandhurst. His military service included periods spent in Cuba, India, the Sudan, and in France during World War I. He became a Member of Parliament in 1900 and held many high offices of state under four different prime ministers. He was the Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II.

Churchill's writing career began with campaign reports including The Story of the Malakand Field Force and The River War. In 1900, he published his only novel Savrola. His other works include Lord Randolph Churchill; Marlborough, a four-volume biography of his ancestor the 1st Duke of Marlborough; The World Crisis, a four-volume history of World War I; The Second World War, a six-volume history; and A History of the English. History of the English-Speaking Peoples, a six-volume work was completed toward the end of his life. In 1953, Churchill received the Nobel Prize for Literature, in recognition of his extensive writing as well as for his speeches throughout his career as a statesman. That same year, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He died on January 24, 1965 at the age of 90.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

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 Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

The great statesman's granddaughter has followed up her two previous biographies (From Winston with Love and Kisses: The Young Churchill and Churchill: Wanted Dead or Alive) with this compelling story of Churchill's travels, combining his descriptions and her retracing of his journeys to locales ranging from Cuba to India. Sandys, who accompanied her grandfather on some of his later travels, begins the book with an amazing story of a cruise aboard Aristotle Onassis's yacht Christina and some of the bizarre happenings thereon. The narrative then returns to 1895 with Churchill's first visit to America. For the next five years, he would see action in India, the Sudan, and South Africa. As his political career begins, we watch his travels broaden and become official; active service in World War I is followed by an interwar period full of travel and writing, which is all a prelude to his greatest service during World War II. The author follows in Sir Winston's footsteps, talking with people or the descendants of people who knew him or crossed his path, and their unknown stories lend much to our further understanding Winston Churchill. Recommended for most collections.In Never Give In!, Churchill's grandson aims to pull together the best of his elder's speeches from a 60-year political career. The result is a highly readable and insightful volume that proves Churchill to be a man who spoke his own mind, often regardless of party lines. His speeches from the 1930s and again in the 1950s railing against first Germany and later Russia as belligerent would-be world dominators proved as prophetic as they were bold. Of course, his World War II speeches are at the heart of this volume and are still inspiring. Each selection is introduced by the editor. Any library without the eight-volume set of Churchill speeches might consider this collection.-David Lee Poremba, Detroit P.L.(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Editor's Prefacep. xxi
1. Young Statesman 1897-1915
First political speech: 'The dried up drain-pipe of Radicalism', 26 July 1897, Bathp. 3
'Escape!', 23 December 1899, Durban, South Africap. 5
'The anniversary of my escape', 13 December 1900, New Yorkp. 7
Maiden speech: 'A certain splendid memory', 18 February 1901, House of Commonsp. 8
Lifting again the 'tattered flag', 13 May 1901, House of Commonsp. 10
'An age of great events and little men', 21 November 1901, Liverpoolp. 12
'A navy ... to preserve the peace of the world', 17 January 1903, Oldhamp. 13
'The mere washpot of plutocracy', 4 June 1904, Alexandra Palace, Londonp. 15
'For free trade', 16 June 1904, Cheetham Hill, Manchesterp. 17
'Dear food for the millions', 13 May 1905, Manchesterp. 19
'British hospitality', 9 October 1905, Cheetham Hill, Manchesterp. 20
'No more garters for dukes', 14 December 1905, Manchesterp. 21
'The gift of England', 31 July 1906, House of Commonsp. 22
'The cause of the left-out millions', 11 October 1906, Glasgowp. 23
George Bernard Shaw: 'A volcano', 22 October 1906, Free Trade Hall, Manchesterp. 26
'My African journey', 18 January 1908, National Liberal Club, Londonp. 26
Socialism: 'All yours is mine!', 22 January 1908, Cheetham, Manchesterp. 27
The pen: 'Liberator of man and of nations', 17 February 1908, Londonp. 29
'What is society?', 4 May 1908, Kinnaird Hall, Dundeep. 31
'I am the Board of Trade', 4 February 1909, Newcastle-upon-Tynep. 32
The Budget: 'Cannot afford to live or die', 22 May 1909, Manchesterp. 33
'A violent rupture of constitutional custom', 4 September 1909, Leicesterp. 34
'The most ancient and the most glorious monarchy', 4 December 1909, Southportp. 36
'The upkeep of the aristocracy', 17 December 1909, Burnley, Lancsp. 37
'For soldiers to fire on the people ...', 7 February 1911, House of Commonsp. 39
Unemployment insurance, 22 May 1911, House of Commonsp. 41
National rail strike, 22 August 1911, House of Commonsp. 43
'The maintenance of naval supremacy', 9 November 1911, Guildhall, Londonp. 45
'Why should not Ireland have her chance?', 8 February 1912, Belfastp. 47
'An age of incipient violence', 18 March 1912, House of Commonsp. 50
'Air power', 10 November 1913, Guildhall, Londonp. 54
'Unconquerable and incomparable', 4 March 1914, Londonp. 55
'The world is armed as it was never armed before', 17 March 1914, House of Commonsp. 56
'The war will be long and sombre', 11 September 1914, Londonp. 58
The Dardanelles, 5 June 1915, Dundeep. 61
'Take Constantinople!', 15 November 1915, House of Commonsp. 64
2. Oblivion and Redemption 1916-29
'The hardest of tests', 23 May 1916, House of Commonsp. 69
'Grappling with the most terrible foe', 31 May 1916, House of Commonsp. 70
'Perils, sorrows and sufferings', 10 December 1917, Bedfordp. 74
'The war is won!', 16 December 1918, Connaught Rooms, Londonp. 75
'Bolshevist atrocities', 11 April 1919, Connaught Rooms, Londonp. 77
Farewell to 'the beer of Old England', 18 July 1919, Londonp. 78
'The Jews should have a National Home', 31 March 1921, Jerusalemp. 79
Lenin, 8 June 1921, Manchesterp. 80
'The culture and glories of the Arab race', 14 June 1921, House of Commonsp. 82
'The dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone', 16 February 1922, House of Commonsp. 85
Conservative once more, 16 September 1925, Birminghamp. 85
'The follies of Socialism', 11 December 1925, Batterseap. 89
'Artful Dodger!', 22 April 1926, House of Commonsp. 90
'The blushing Liberal bride', 22 October 1928, Chingfordp. 91
'A disarmament fable', 24 October 1928, Aldersbrookp. 92
3. The Wilderness Years 1930-39
'A seditious Middle Temple lawyer', 23 February 1931, Eppingp. 97
'Abandoning India', 18 March 1931, Royal Albert Hall, Londonp. 97
Prohibition, November/December 1931, Lecture Tour of the United Statesp. 99
'Bands of sturdy Teutonic youths', 23 November 1932, House of Commonsp. 100
'Pontifical, anonymous mugwumpery', 22 February 1933, House of Commonsp. 102
'England', 24 April 1933, Royal Society of St George, Londonp. 103
'Wars come very suddenly', 7 February 1934, House of Commonsp. 105
'Germany is arming', 8 March 1934, House of Commonsp. 107
'We lie within ... striking distance', 16 November 1934, Broadcast, Londonp. 109
'A corridor of deepening and darkening danger', 31 May 1935, House of Commonsp. 111
'You have unsettled everything ...', 5 June 1935, House of Commonsp. 115
'I am a Treaty man', 10 July 1935, House of Commonsp. 117
'Naval security', 24 July 1935, Harlowp. 119
'Abyssinia has been invaded', 8 October 1935, Chingfordp. 119
'Nazidom ... with all its hatreds', 24 October 1935, House of Commonsp. 121
'Germany ... fears no one', March 1936, House of Commonsp. 124
The Jews: 'Their blood and race', 24 March 1936, House of Commonsp. 128
'Great hammers descending day and night', 26 March 1936, House of Commonsp. 130
'Hitler has torn up the treaties', 6 April 1936, House of Commonsp. 133
'Thank God for the French Army', 24 September 1936, Parisp. 135
Lawrence of Arabia, 3 October 1936, Oxfordp. 139
'The locust years', 12 November 1936, House of Commonsp. 142
'Approaching the most dangerous moment', 25 November 1936, Londonp. 154
'The abdication of King Edward VIII', 10 December 1936, House of Commonsp. 156
Rudyard Kipling, 17 November 1937, Grosvenor House, Londonp. 158
Austria annexed, 14 March 1938, House of Commonsp. 159
'I have watched this famous island ...', 24 March 1938, House of Commonsp. 163
'The sentinel towers of the Western approaches', 5 May 1938, House of Commonsp. 167
'Save mankind from martyrdom', 26 September 1938, Londonp. 170
'A total and unmitigated defeat', 5 October 1938, House of Commonsp. 171
'The lights are going out', 16 October 1938, Broadcast to US, Londonp. 182
'The bitter fruits of Munich', 14 March 1939, Waltham Abbeyp. 185
'The surge of unity and of duty', 20 April 1939, Canada Club, Londonp. 187
'Repudiation of the Balfour Declaration', 23 May 1939, House of Commonsp. 188
'A hush over Europe', 8 August 1939, Broadcast to US, Londonp. 191
4. The Glory Years 1939-45
War, 3 September 1939, House of Commonsp. 197
Russia: 'A riddle, wrapped in a mystery', 1 October 1939, Broadcast, Londonp. 199
'The Navy's here!', 23 February 1940, Guildhall, Londonp. 201
'Blood, toil, tears and sweat', 13 May 1940, House of Commonsp. 204
'Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour!', 19 May 1940, Broadcast, Londonp. 206
'Wars are not won by evacuations', 4 June 1940, House of Commonsp. 210
'The news from France is very bad', 17 June 1940, Broadcast, Londonp. 218
'This was their finest hour', 18 June 1940, House of Commonsp. 219
Destruction of the French Fleet, 4 July 1940, House of Commonsp. 229
'The War of the Unknown Warriors', 14 July 1940, Broadcast, Londonp. 234
'The Few', 20 August 1940, House of Commonsp. 237
Fifty American destroyers, 5 September 1940, House of Commonsp. 249
'These cruel, wanton ... bombings', 11 September 1940, Broadcast, Londonp. 250
'We will all go down fighting to the end', 17 September 1940, House of Commonsp. 253
'We can take it!' 8 October 1940, House of Commonsp. 255
'Dieu protege la France', 21 October 1940, Broadcast, Londonp. 257
'Give us the tools', 9 February 1941, Broadcast, Londonp. 259
'This Battle of the Atlantic', 18 March 1941, Pilgrims' Society, Londonp. 262
Yugoslavia invaded, 9 April 1941, House of Commonsp. 265
'Westward look, the land is bright', 27 April 1941, Broadcast, Londonp. 266
Vote of Confidence, 7 May 1941, House of Commonsp. 275
'The Bismarck is sunk!', 27 May 1941, House of Commonsp. 281
'Our solid, stubborn strength', 12 June 1941, Londonp. 283
'The Old Lion', 16 June 1941, Broadcast, Londonp. 286
Alliance with Russia, 22 June 1941, Broadcast, Londonp. 289
'The grit and stamina of Londoners', 14 July 1941, County Hall, Londonp. 294
The Atlantic Charter, 24 August 1941, Broadcast, Londonp. 297
'We are still captain of our souls', 9 September 1941, House of Commonsp. 305
'Never give in!', 29 October 1941, Harrow Schoolp. 306
The Lend-Lease Bill, 10 November 1941, Mansion House, Londonp. 308
War with Japan, 8 December 1941, House of Commonsp. 313
Joint Session of Congress, 26 December 1941, Washington, DCp. 315
'Some chicken! Some neck!', 30 December 1941, Parliament, Ottawap. 323
'I demand a Vote of Confidence', 27 January 1942, House of Commonsp. 324
'Singapore has fallen', 15 February 1942, Broadcast, Londonp. 329
Prime Minister for two years, 10 May 1942, Broadcast, Londonp. 330
Motion of Censure, 2 July 1942, House of Commonsp. 339
'The bright gleam of victory', 10 November 1942, Mansion House, Londonp. 341
'The frontiers of deliverance', 29 November 1942, World Broadcast, Londonp. 344
'The Desert Army', 3 February 1943, Tripolip. 345
Tribute to Montgomery and Alexander, 11 February 1943, House of Commonsp. 349
'Heavier work lies ahead', 19 May 1943, Congress, Washington, DCp. 350
'We expect no reward', 30 June 1943, Guildhall, Londonp. 355
'The gift of a common tongue', 6 September 1943, Harvard, Bostonp. 356
'A sense of crowd and urgency', 28 October 1943, House of Commonsp. 358
'The hour of our greatest effort', 26 March 1944, Broadcast, Londonp. 361
D-Day, 6 June 1944, House of Commonsp. 362
'The price in blood ... for the soil of France', 28 September 1944, House of Commonsp. 363
'Democracy is no harlot', 8 December 1944, House of Commonsp. 369
'We demand unconditional surrender', 18 January 1945, House of Commonsp. 370
'Greece forever!', 14 February 1945, Constitution Square, Athensp. 372
The Yalta Conference, 27 February 1945, House of Commonsp. 373
Lloyd George, 28 March 1945, House of Commonsp. 378
President Roosevelt, 17 April 1945, House of Commonsp. 382
'No words can ever express the horror', 19 April 1945, House of Commonsp. 386
Victory in Europe, 8 May 1945, House of Commons and Broadcast, Londonp. 387
'This is your victory', 8 May 1945, Ministry of Health, Londonp. 390
'Forward, till the whole task is done', 13 May 1945, Broadcast, Londonp. 392
Back to party politics, 4 June 1945, Broadcast, Londonp. 395
General Eisenhower, 12 June 1945, Mansion House, Londonp. 398
'Dear Desert Rats', 21 July 1945, Winston Club, Berlinp. 400
Resignation, 26 July 1945, 10 Downing Streetp. 401
5. The Sunset Years 1945-63
The atomic bomb, 6 August 1945, 10 Downing Streetp. 405
Surrender of Japan, 15 August 1945, House of Commonsp. 407
'Government of the people', 16 August 1945, House of Commonsp. 409
Alamein, 25 October 1945, Royal Albert Hall, Londonp. 410
'We did not flinch', 31 October 1945, Harrow Schoolp. 411
'The unnecessary war', 16 November 1945, Belgian Parliament, Brusselsp. 411
'An Iron Curtain has descended', 5 March 1946, Fulton, Missourip. 413
'The tragedy of Europe', 9 May 1946, The Hague, Hollandp. 424
Palestine, 1 August 1946, House of Commonsp. 425
A 'United States of Europe', 19 September 1946, Zurich, Switzerlandp. 427
'A property-owning democracy', 5 October 1946, Blackpoolp. 431
The Communist menace, 24 October 1946, Loughtonp. 433
Palestine: 'Blood and shame', 31 January 1947, House of Commonsp. 434
'United Europe', 14 May 1947, Royal Albert Hall, Londonp. 436
The rights of the British, 4 October 1947, Brightonp. 444
'Shabby moneylenders!', 28 October 1947, House of Commonsp. 445
'Socialism is the philosophy of failure', 28 May 1948, Perthp. 446
'When they get the atomic bomb', 9 October 1948, Llandudno, Walesp. 447
The North Atlantic Treaty, 12 May 1949, House of Commonsp. 449
The Berlin Airlift, 21 July 1949, House of Commonsp. 451
'Prenez-garde! Je vais parler en francais', 12 August 1949, Strasbourg, Francep. 451
'Watch out! I am going to speak in French' (translation), 12 August 1949, Strasbourg, Francep. 452
'English literature is a glorious inheritance', 2 November 1949, Londonp. 453
'Our Socialist masters', 9 February 1950, Devonportp. 453
'An experiment in freedom', 18 May 1950, Edinburghp. 462
'This century of tragedy and storm', 4 July 1950, Dorchester Hotel, Londonp. 462
'Renewing the glory of our island home', 21 July 1951, Woodfordp. 465
'Regain our independence', 23 October 1951, Plymouthp. 469
'The valiant champion of freedom', 9 November 1951, Guildhall, Londonp. 471
'We must not lose hope!', 17 January 1952, Congress, Washington, DCp. 473
King George VI, 7 February 1952, Broadcast, Londonp. 476
'The treacherous trap-door', 11 June 1952, Savoy Hotel, Londonp. 479
'The spirit of England', 23 April 1953, London, and Broadcastp. 482
'The Crown and Parliament', 27 May 1953, St Stephen's, Westminsterp. 483
'Supreme catastrophe', 3 November 1953, House of Commonsp. 485
'A calmer and kindlier age', 9 November 1954, Guildhall, Londonp. 487
'The nation ... had the lion-heart', 30 November 1954, Westminster Hallp. 488
'Never despair!', 1 March 1955, House of Commonsp. 491
'The Queen!', 4 April 1955, 10 Downing Streetp. 498
'Let us go boldly forward', 21 June 1955, Guildhall, Londonp. 499
Honorary US Citizenship, 9 April 1963, The White House, Washington, DCp. 501
Appendix The Churchill Center and Societiesp. 505
Indexp. 507