Never Give In!: The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches

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Winston Churchill was the most eloquent and expressive statesman of his time. He used the power of oratory to inspire not just the British nation in its hour of peril but the people of Occupied Europe and the entire Free World. In the words of President John F. Kennedy: "Winston Churchill mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." While the definitive collection of Churchill's speeches fills 8,500 pages in eight volumes, here for the first time, his grandson, Winston S. Churchill, has put together a...
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Winston Churchill was the most eloquent and expressive statesman of his time. He used the power of oratory to inspire not just the British nation in its hour of peril but the people of Occupied Europe and the entire Free World. In the words of President John F. Kennedy: "Winston Churchill mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." While the definitive collection of Churchill's speeches fills 8,500 pages in 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 spans the whole of Churchill's life, from his very first speech 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 a symbol of leadership. His wisdom is called upon again and again, especially in times of crisis. Reading these speeches from the perspective of a new century, we can perceive Winston Churchill's genius and, to this day, feel the emotion and inspiration of his words.
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A highly readable and insightful volume that proves Churchill to be a man who spoke his own mind.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781401300562
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST US
  • Pages: 558

Meet the Author

The editor, Winston S. Churchill, grandson of the former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, is an author, journalist and former war correspondent who served in the House of Commons as a Member of the British Parliament from 1970 to 1997. His home is in England.

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"Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." —Harrow School, October 29, 1941

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
First political speech: 'The dried up drain-pipe of Radicalism', 26 July 1897, Bath 3
'Escape!', 23 December 1899, Durban, South Africa 5
'The anniversary of my escape', 13 December 1900, New York 7
Maiden speech: 'A certain splendid memory', 18 February 1901, House of Commons 8
Lifting again the 'tattered flag', 13 May 1901, House of Commons 10
'An age of great events and little men', 21 November 1901, Liverpool 12
'A preserve the peace of the world', 17 January 1903, Oldham 13
'The mere washpot of plutocracy', 4 June 1904, Alexandra Palace, London 15
'For free trade', 16 June 1904, Cheetham Hill, Manchester 17
'Dear food for the millions', 13 May 1905, Manchester 19
'British hospitality', 9 October 1905, Cheetham Hill, Manchester 20
'No more garters for dukes', 14 December 1905, Manchester 21
'The gift of England', 31 July 1906, House of Commons 22
'The cause of the left-out millions', 11 October 1906, Glasgow 23
George Bernard Shaw: 'A volcano', 22 October 1906, Free Trade Hall, Manchester 26
'My African journey', 18 January 1908, National Liberal Club, London 26
Socialism: 'All yours is mine!', 22 January 1908, Cheetham, Manchester 27
The pen: 'Liberator of man and of nations', 17 February 1908, London 29
'What is society?', 4 May 1908, Kinnaird Hall, Dundee 31
'I am the Board of Trade', 4 February 1909, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 32
The Budget: 'Cannot afford to live or die', 22 May 1909, Manchester 33
'A violent rupture of constitutional custom', 4 September 1909, Leicester 34
'The most ancient and the most glorious monarchy', 4 December 1909, Southport 36
'The upkeep of the aristocracy', 17 December 1909, Burnley, Lancs 37
'For soldiers to fire on the people...', 7 February 1911, House of Commons 39
Unemployment insurance, 22 May 1911, House of Commons 41
National rail strike, 22 August 1911, House of Commons 43
'The maintenance of naval supremacy', 9 November 1911, Guildhall, London 45
'Why should not Ireland have her chance?', 8 February 1912, Belfast 47
'An age of incipient violence', 18 March 1912, House of Commons 50
'Air power', 10 November 1913, Guildhall, London 54
'Unconquerable and incomparable', 4 March 1914, London 55
'The world is armed as it was never armed before', 17 March 1914, House of Commons 56
'The war will be long and sombre', 11 September 1914, London 58
The Dardanelles, 5 June 1915, Dundee 61
'Take Constantinople!', 15 November 1915, House of Commons 64
'The hardest of tests', 23 May 1916, House of Commons 69
'Grappling with the most terrible foe', 31 May 1916, House of Commons 70
'Perils, sorrows and sufferings', 10 December 1917, Bedford 74
'The war is won!', 16 December 1918, Connaught Rooms, London 75
'Bolshevist atrocities', 11 April 1919, Connaught Rooms, London 77
Farewell to 'the beer of Old England', 18 July 1919, London 78
'The Jews should have a National Home', 31 March 1921, Jerusalem 79
Lenin, 8 June 1921, Manchester 80
'The culture and glories of the Arab race', 14 June 1921, House of Commons 82
'The dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone', 16 February 1922, House of Commons 85
Conservative once more, 16 September 1925, Birmingham 85
'The follies of Socialism', 11 December 1925, Battersea 89
'Artful Dodger!', 22 April 1926, House of Commons 90
'The blushing Liberal bride', 22 October 1928, Chingford 91
'A disarmament fable', 24 October 1928, Aldersbrook 92
'A seditious Middle Temple lawyer', 23 February 1931, Epping 97
'Abandoning India', 18 March 1931, Royal Albert Hall, London 97
Prohibition, November/December 1931, Lecture Tour of the United States 99
'Bands of sturdy Teutonic youths', 23 November 1932, House of Commons 100
'Pontifical, anonymous mugwumpery', 22 February 1933, House of Commons 102
'England', 24 April 1933, Royal Society of St. George, London 103
'Wars come very suddenly', 7 February 1934, House of Commons 105
'Germany is arming', 8 March 1934, House of Commons 107
'We lie within...striking distance', 16 November 1934, Broadcast, London 109
'A corridor of deepening and darkening danger', 31 May 1935, House of Commons 111
'You have unsettled everything...', 5 June 1935, House of Commons 115
'I am a Treaty man', 10 July 1935, House of Commons 117
'Naval security', 24 July 1935, Harlow 119
'Abyssinia has been invaded', 8 October 1935, Chingford 119
'Nazidom...with all its hatreds,' 24 October 1935, House of Commons 121
'Germany...fears no one', March 1936, House of Commons 124
The Jews: 'Their blood and race', 24 March 1936, House of Commons 128
'Great hammers descending day and night', 26 March 1936, House of Commons 130
'Hitler has torn up the treaties', 6 April 1936, House of Commons 133
'Thank God for the French Army', 24 September 1936, Paris 135
Lawrence of Arabia, 3 October 1936, Oxford 139
'The locust years', 12 November 1936, House of Commons 142
'Approaching the most dangerous moment', 25 November 1936, London 154
'The abdication of King Edward VIII', 10 December 1936, House of Commons 156
Rudyard Kipling, 17 November 1937, Grosvenor House, London 158
Austria annexed, 14 March 1938, House of Commons 159
'I have watched this famous island...', 24 March 1938, House of Commons 163
'The sentinel towers of the Western approaches', 5 May 1938, House of Commons 167
'Save mankind from martyrdom', 26 September 1938, London 170
'A total and unmitigated defeat, 5 October 1938, House of Commons 171
'The lights are going out', 16 October 1938, Broadcast to US, London 182
'The bitter fruits of Munich', 14 March 1939, Waltham Abbey 185
'The surge of unity and of duty', 20 April 1939, Canada Club, London 187
Repudiation of the Balfour Declaration', 23 May 1939, House of Commons 188
'A hush over Europe', 8 August 1939, Broadcast to US, London 191
War, 3 September 1939, House of Commons 197
Russia: 'A riddle, wrapped in a mystery', 1 October 1939, Broadcast, London 199
'The Navy's here!', 23 February 1940, Guildhall, London 201
'Blood, toil, tears and sweat', 13 May 1940, House of Commons 204
'Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour!', 19 May 1940, Broadcast, London 206
'Wars are not won by evacuations', 4 June 1940, House of Commons 210
'The news from France is very bad', 17 June 1940, Broadcast, London 218
'This was their finest hour', 18 June 1940, House of Commons 219
Destruction of the French Fleet, 4 July 1940, House of Commons 229
'The War of the Unknown Warriors', 14 July 1940, Broadcast, London 234
'The Few', 20 August 1940, House of Commons 237
Fifty American destroyers, 5 September 1940, House of Commons 249
'These cruel, wanton...bombings', 11 September 1940, Broadcast, London 250
'We will all go down fighting to the end', 17 September 1940, House of Commons 253
'We can take it!', 8 October 1940, House of Commons 255
'Dieu protege la France', 21 October 1940, Broadcast, London 257
'Give us the tools', 9 February 1941, Broadcast, London 259
'This Battle of the Atlantic', 18 March 1941, Pilgrims' Society, London 262
Yugoslavia invaded, 9 April 1941, House of Commons 265
'Westward look, the land is bright', 27 April 1941, Broadcast, London 266
Vote of Confidence, 7 May 1941, House of Commons 275
'The Bismarck is sunk!', 27 May 1941, House of Commons 281
'Our solid, stubborn strength', 12 June 1941, London 283
'The Old Lion', 16 June 1941, Broadcast, London 286
Alliance with Russia, 22 June 1941, Broadcast, London 289
'The grit and stamina of Londoners', 14 July 1941, County Hall, London 294
The Atlantic Charter, 24 August 1941, Broadcast, London 297
'We are still captain of our souls', 9 September 1941, House of Commons 305
'Never give in!', 29 October 1941, Harrow School 306
The Lend-Lease Bill, 10 November 1941, Mansion House, London 308
War with Japan, 8 December 1941, House of Commons 313
Joint Session of Congress, 26 December 1941, Washington, DC 315
'Some chicken! Some neck!', 30 December 1941, Parliament, Ottawa 323
'I demand a Vote of Confidence', 27 January 1942, House of Commons 324
'Singapore has fallen', 15 February 1942, Broadcast, London 329
Prime Minister for two years, 10 May 1942, Broadcast, London 330
Motion of Censure, 2 July 1942, House of Commons 339
'The bright gleam of victory', 10 November 1942, Mansion House, London 341
'The frontiers of deliverance', 29 November 1942, World Broadcast, London 344
'The Desert Army', 3 February 1943, Tripoli 345
Tribute to Montgomery and Alexander, 11 February 1943, House of Commons 349
'Heavier work lies ahead', 19 May 1943, Congress, Washington, DC 350
'We expect no reward', 30 June 1943, Guildhall, London 355
'The gift of a common tongue', 6 September 1943, Harvard, Boston 356
'A sense of crowd and urgency', 28 October 1943, House of Commons 358
'The hour of our greatest effort', 26 March 1944, Broadcast, London 361
D-Day, 6 June 1944, House of Commons 362
'The price in blood...for the soil of France', 28 September 1944, House of Commons 363
'Democracy is no harlot', 8 December 1944, House of Commons 369
'We demand unconditional surrender', 18 January 1945, House of Commons 370
'Greece forever!', 14 February 1945, Constitution Square, Athens 372
The Yalta Conference, 27 February 1945, House of Commons 373
Lloyd George, 28 March 1945, House of Commons 378
President Roosevelt, 17 April 1945, House of Commons 382
'No words can ever express the horror', 19 April 1945, House of Commons 386
Victory in Europe, 8 May 1945, House of Commons and Broadcast, London 387
'This is your victory', 8 May 1945, Ministry of Health, London 390
'Forward, till the whole task is done', 13 May 1945, Broadcast, London 392
Back to party politics, 4 June 1945, Broadcast, London 395
General Eisenhower, 12 June 1945, Mansion House, London 398
'Dear Desert Rats', 21 July 1945, Winston Club, Berlin 400
Resignation, 26 July 1945, 10 Downing Street 401
The atomic bomb, 6 August 1945, 10 Downing Street 405
Surrender of Japan, 15 August 1945, House of Commons 407
'Government of the people', 16 August 1945, House of Commons 409
Alamein, 25 October 1945, Royal Albert Hall, London 410
'We did not flinch', 31 October 1945, Harrow School 411
'The unnecessary war', 16 November 1945, Belgian Parliament, Brussels 411
'An Iron Curtain has descended', 5 March 1946, Fulton, Missouri 413
'The tragedy of Europe', 9 May 1946, The Hague, Holland 424
Palestine, 1 August 1946, House of Commons 425
A 'United States of Europe', 19 September 1946, Zurich, Switzerland 427
'A property-owning democracy', 5 October 1946, Blackpool 431
The Communist menace, 24 October 1946, Loughton 433
Palestine: 'Blood and shame', 31 January 1947, House of Commons 434
'United Europe', 14 May 1947, Royal Albert Hall, London 436
The rights of the British, 4 October 1947, Brighton 444
'Shabby moneylenders!', 28 October 1947, House of Commons 445
'Socialism is the philosophy of failure', 28 May 1948, Perth 446
'When they get the atomic bomb', 9 October 1948, Llandudno, Wales 447
The North Atlantic Treaty, 12 May 1949, House of Commons 449
The Berlin Airlift, 21 July 1949, House of Commons 451
'Prenez-garde! Je vais parler en francais', 12 August 1949, Strasbourg, France 451
'Watch out! I am going to speak in French' (translation), 12 August 1949, Strasbourg, France 452
'English literature is a glorious inheritance', 2 November 1949, London 453
'Our Socialist masters', 9 February 1950, Devonport 453
'An experiment in freedom', 18 May 1950, Edinburgh 462
'This century of tragedy and storm', 4 July 1950, Dorchester Hotel, London 462
'Renewing the glory of our island home', 21 July 1951, Woodford 465
'Regain our independence', 23 October 1951, Plymouth 469
'The valiant champion of freedom', 9 November 1951, Guildhall, London 471
'We must not lose hope!', 17 January 1952, Congress, Washington, DC 473
King George VI, 7 February 1952, Broadcast, London 476
'The treacherous trap-door', 11 June 1952, Savoy Hotel, London 479
'The spirit of England', 23 April 1953, London, and Broadcast 482
'The Crown and Parliament', 27 May 1953, St. Stephen's, Westminster 483
'Supreme catastrophe', 3 November 1953, House of Commons 485
'A calmer and kindlier age', 9 November 1954, Guildhall, London 487
'The nation...had the lion-heart', 30 November 1954, Westminster Hall 488
'Never despair!', 1 March 1955, House of Commons 491
'The Queen!', 4 April 1955, 10 Downing Street 498
'Let us go boldly forward', 21 June 1955, Guildhall, London 499
Honorary US Citizenship, 9 April 1963, The White House, Washington, DC 501
App The Churchill Center and Societies 505
Index 507
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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    a great selection

    a very good selection by churchill grandson on the best speeches of his grandfather. from 1897 to 1963. a grand read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2005


    Whats there to say about Churchill and his speeches? What could be better to snuggel up, go through the pages, let your mind wander and almost grasp for Churchill. He was a very strong minded yet so sensitive mentioned subjects many leaders and politicians stay away from and still do. Buy, read and enjoy, definetly something that will surprise you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2007

    Persistence and Courage Thy Name Is Winston

    When I need some historical encouragement and perspective I turn to the powerful speeches of Winston Churchill. I may not be in the middle of World War II but we all have our trials and tribulations and often times the wisdom and perseverance of this great man has been a true light illuminating some of life's darkest challenges. This is an excellent collection for his most ardent admirers and his toughest detractors. We can all learn much from this great leader, one of my heroes.

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