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Born at the height of British imperial power, Churchill took his seat in Parliament in the reign of Queen Victoria, and died when Lyndon Johnson was in his second year as US President. As a politician he twice ...
Born at the height of British imperial power, Churchill took his seat in Parliament in the reign of Queen Victoria, and died when Lyndon Johnson was in his second year as US President. As a politician he twice crossed the floor of the House, and held almost every major Cabinet post, including two terms as Prime Minister. From 1940 he galvanized and united the British people on the brink of defeat and guided their war effort, almost single-handedly inspiring the nation and its allies, as well as the peoples of Occupied Europe and of the then neutral United States, first to resist and ultimately to crush the Axis powers. He wrote majestic histories, biographies, memoirs, and even a novel, while his journalism, speeches and broadcasts run to millions of words. He is one of the most quoted figures in the English language, and one of only six English writers to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature in its 100-year history.
Yet at the heart of this often intimidating colossus lay a man of vast humanity, enormous wit and boundless humour, much of it mischievous. His most famous speeches and sayings have passed into history and into everyday language, but many of his aphorisms, puns, bons mots, jokes -- often at his own or others' expense -- are less well known. This enchanting collection gathers hundreds of his funniest and wickedest quips in tribute to the exhilarating wit of this great-hearted, infuriatingly conceited, wildly funny, and brilliantly talented Englishman.
|Be killed many times: Politics||17|
|Terminological diversions: Words||29|
|'Pigs treat us as equals': Animals, real and metaphorical||37|
|Casting pearls: Speeches||45|
|Friends like these...||53|
|'Of course I'm an egoist'||75|
|'What kind of people?': The nations according to Churchill||87|
|Henpecked?: Women and the family||95|
|'An ineradicable habit': Drink||109|
|'Gleaming toys': Anecdotes||117|
|'Our maxims will remain': Epigrams||143|
Posted December 17, 2008
Posted March 21, 2002
I never realised what a clever and sharp witted man that Winston Churchill was until I read this book. If you are looking for put-downs for any occasion I would thoroughly recommend this.
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