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Wit and Wisdom of Winston Churchill: A Treasury of More Than 1,000 Quotations and Anecdotes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2003

    Power of Words in the Majestic Battle of Ideas

    In this book, James C. Humes gives his audience an excellent opportunity to conjure up a mental picture of Winston Churchill and his legacy. As a renaissance man, Churchill was more than a skilled politician and a gifted soldier. Perhaps more importantly, Churchill was a man of inspired words, whose work was ultimately crown by the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. Churchill often was far from politically correct and did not hesitate to say, write and do what he thought was right. Churchill¿s bluntness did not make him dear to everybody. Humes first brings to light many of the great thoughts of Churchill in ¿Observations and Opinions.¿ Humes classifies key words alphabetically without giving context so that readers can easily find a quote of their liking about a specific subject. Some readers might get frustrated about it if they are not familiar with the key milestones in the life and career of Churchill. These readers can read books such as ¿Churchill a Life¿, ¿Churchill a Study in Greatness¿, ¿Clementine Churchill The Biography of a Marriage¿ or ¿Winston and Clementine The Personal Letters of the Churchills¿ to fill in the gaps in their knowledge of Churchill for that purpose. Humes forges ahead in a similar way in ¿Orations and Perorations¿, ¿Coiners of Phrases¿, ¿Saints and Sinners¿ and ¿Escapades and Encounters.¿ In these sections, Humes is usually very good at giving his audience the context so that readers better understand where Churchill was coming from. Hours of fun and laughter are virtually guaranteed, especially in ¿Escapades and Encounters.¿ Churchill¿s witticism, wisdom and oratory probably reached their climax in the faithful summer of 1940 when Britain stood alone against the Nazi monster. Churchill galvanized by his words and actions the civilized world to soldier on when the horizon seemed hopelessly bleak. The words of Churchill will continue to resonate for a long time in the heart and soul of humanity. Churchill¿s words will further shine like diamonds in the night when humanity loses hope from time to time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2001

    Great Collection

    Humes has compiled a great collection of quotations and exceprts from the great man's speeches. Unfortunately, the quotes are rarely cited, making it difficult to put many of them in proper context.

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