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

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Churchill Sizes Up the Giants of His Age, Offers Wisdom for Our Own

Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on the strength of “his mastery of historical and biographical description.” Nowhere is that mastery more evident than in Great Contemporaries(1937), which features Churchill’s brief lives of those he called “Great Men of our age.”

 

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Overview

Churchill Sizes Up the Giants of His Age, Offers Wisdom for Our Own

Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on the strength of “his mastery of historical and biographical description.” Nowhere is that mastery more evident than in Great Contemporaries(1937), which features Churchill’s brief lives of those he called “Great Men of our age.”

 

ISI Books is proud to publish a brand-new, illustrated edition of this neglected classic. Great Contemporaries profiles towering figures ranging from Franklin Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Lawrence of Arabia, and Leon Trotsky to Charlie Chaplin, H. G. Wells, Rudyard Kipling, and George Bernard Shaw. This edition—the first in twenty years—includes five essays that have never appeared in any previous version, some thirty black-and-white photographs, and an enlightening introduction and annotations by noted Churchill scholar James W. Muller.

 

Written in the decade before Churchill became prime minister, the essays in Great Contemporaries focus on the challenges of statecraft at a time when the democratic revolution was toppling older regimes based on tradition and aristocratic privilege. Churchill’s keen observations take on new importance in our own age of roiling political change.

 

Ultimately, Great Contemporaries provides fascinating insight into the statesman’s perspective. Churchill’s objective is clear: he tries to learn from these giants what makes a man great. He approaches his subjects with a measuring eye, finding their limitations at least as revealing as their merits.

 

This handsome new edition of Great Contemporaries brings back Churchill’s unmatched insights and unforgettable prose for a new generation of readers and leaders.

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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 (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935191995
  • Publisher: ISI Books
  • Publication date: 5/11/2012
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 776,208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (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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    good but very average book cover

    the text is the same with five new essays thats great . this was never published before . i just dont like the pale yellow color of ISI book.

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