The June issue of the Churchill Bulletin: The Newsletter of Winston Churchill has been released. It includes articles on the opening of a new exhibit, Charting Churchill: An Architectural Biography of Sir Winston Churchill, at the National Churchill Library and Center in Washington; a recent lecture by Jon Meacham on the relationship between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Churchill; the Churchill Quiz: Summer Edition; and Churchill Collectables: Chancellor of the Exchequer bust. The newsletter is available here.
An article in Variety comments on the recent appearance of Winston Churchill as a character in several television and film productions. John Lithgow played Churchill in the Netflix series The Crown while Brian Cox played him in the recently released Churchill and Gary Oldman will portray Churchill in the Darkest Hour, which will be released later in the year. A review of Churchill from the National Post which comments on the film’s “insipid screenplay” is available here.
The theme of the Spring 2017 issue of the Finest Hour: The Journal of Winston Churchill and His Times is “The Churchill Men” with articles on Leonard Jerome, Lord Randolph Churchill, J.E.C. Welldon, Jack Churchill, Randolph Churchill, and Winston Churchill (the grandson). Other articles include “Churchill’s Marlborough as the ‘Sum of Things” and “Lincoln and Churchill: Commanders in Chief.” The website of the Finest Hour is here.
Quotes, witticisms, and maxims uttered by Winston Churchill, as well as some falsely attributed to him, have been complied in several books over the years. The Smart Words and Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill from Skyhorse Publishing is a recent addition to the genre. A pocket sized effort, the book provides 250 quotes in 14 sections (Sage Advice; Churchill on Churchill; A Cutting Tongue) with the text supported by several illustrations. It is edited by Max Morris who previously prepared The Smart Words and Wicked Wit of Jane Austen as well as the forthcoming The Smart Words and Wicked Wit of William Shakespeare. While researchers seeking a comprehensive resource on the British prime minister’s quotes should consult Churchill By Himself: The Definitive Collections of Quotations edited by Richard Langworth, The Smart Words and Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill is pleasantly presented and suitable for the interests of general readers.
On the evening of June 2, 1938, Winston Churchill declared that “volcanic forces were moving in Europe” in a speech on the European situation at a meeting of the League of Nations Union in Birmingham. He said that “the idea that dictators could be appeased by kind words and minor concessions was doomed to disappointment.” The “dictator countries” were preparing night and day to advance their ambitions and that Britain and other countries were in great danger. Churchill observed that at the moment Britain was sheltered by the strength of the French army and the supremacy of the Royal Navy. In the air Britain was, however, falling farther and farther behind. Speaking on the Spanish Civil War, he said that the German and Italian interference in the conflict was shameful and in that light he found it “very difficult” to remain neutral.