The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill

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He was the greatest orator of his day, the greatest leader of the Second World War, the greatest statesman of his age, and the greatest Englishman of the twentieth century. perhaps of all time. The debt owed to Sir Winston Churchill by the free world remains immeasurable.

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 ...

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Overview

He was the greatest orator of his day, the greatest leader of the Second World War, the greatest statesman of his age, and the greatest Englishman of the twentieth century. perhaps of all time. The debt owed to Sir Winston Churchill by the free world remains immeasurable.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843175650
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: The Wicked Wit of series Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 519,897
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
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
Miscellanea 151
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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    flavor minus ingredients

    a beautiful cover but many false attribution in the text. hastily written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2002

    Funny and clever

    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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