Great Contemporaries: Churchill Reflects on FDR, Hitler, Kipling, Chaplin, Balfour, and Other Giants of His Age

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GREAT CONTEMPORARIES is a collection of essays about 21 men whom Winston S. Churchill felt contributed to the course of the world in which he lived. The central theme is a group of British statesmen who shone in the late 1800s and early in this century--Blafour, Chamberlain, Rosebery, Morley, Asquith and Curzon.

Others whose acquaintance we make through Churchill's eyes include George Bernard Shaw, Hindenburg, Lawrence of Arabia, Marshall Foch, Leon Trotsky, Phillip Snowden, Clemenceaus and King George V.

Churchill's long acquaintance with world leaders gave him a unique perspective from which to view actors on the international stage. His assessments sparkle, as do his own qualities, which glow warmly out from these portraits." (Publisher's Source)

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Editorial Reviews

The original edition of this collection of articles was published in 1937 (Thornton Butterworth); subsequent editions appeared in 1936 (with four new articles, including a portrait of FDR) and in 1943 (in which articles on Trotsky and Roosevelt were omitted for political reasons). This first American edition makes available Churchill's eloquent and personal observations on 25 prominent people of the era. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931313704
  • Publisher: Simon Publications
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
About the Editor
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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Table of Contents

Preface v
The Earl of Rosebery 3
The Ex-Kaiser 21
George Bernard Shaw 33
Joseph Chamberlain 41
Sir John French 57
John Morley 71
Hindenburg 85
Herbert Henry Asquith 97
Lawrence of Arabia 113
'F. E.' First Earl of Birkenhead 127
Marshal Foch 141
Alfonso XIII 149
Douglas Haig 161
Arthur James Balfour 173
Hitler and his Choice, 1935 195
George Nathaniel Curzon 205
Philip Snowden 221
Clemenceau 229
King George V 245
Lord Fisher and his Bioorapher 257
Charles Stewart Parnell 267
'B.-P.' 283
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  • Posted October 1, 2009

    Beware of Abridged Edition

    Readers considering purchase of this edition of Great Contemporaries should be aware that it is a reprint of a 1942 edition published in wartime that omitted three essays for political reasons--the ones on Trotsky, Savinkov, and Roosevelt--as well as leaving out parts of the essay on George Bernard Shaw that criticized the Soviet Union. The edition lacks the photographs in earlier editions, and it has no index.

    A fuller version of Great Contemporaries, with a new introduction and editorial notes, is in preparation and may appear late in 2010.

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