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Thoughts and Adventures: Churchill Reflects on Spies, Cartoons, Flying, and the Future (Paperback)

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More than any other book by Winston Churchill, the wide-ranging Thoughts and Adventures allows the contemporary reader to grasp the extraordinary variety and depth of Churchill's mature thoughts on the questions, both grave and gay, facing modern man.

Churchill begins by asking what it would be like to live your life over again and ends by describing his love affair with painting. In between, he touches on subjects as diverse as spies, cartoons, submarines, elections, flying, and the future. Reading these essays-originally dictated late at night in the 1920s in his study, and by which he was able to support his family and live like a lord without inherited wealth-is like being invited to dinner at Churchill's country seat at Chartwell, where the soup was limpid, Pol Roger Champagne flowed, the pudding had a theme, and Churchill entertained lucky visitors with vivid conversation. This ISI Books edition, with a new introduction and notes by James W. Muller, Academic Chairman of the Churchill Centre, recovers Churchill's unforgettable table talk for a new generation of readers.

Essays & WritingEssays & JournalismLiterary essaysHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryEnglish Civil WarHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish history Publisher: ISI Books Publication Date: 01/06/2009 ISBN-13: 9781935191469  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Winston S. Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire in 1874 and educated at Harrow School and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. He fought in four wars on three continents and wrote five books before taking his seat in the House of Commons in 1901 at the age of twenty-six. Through most of the 1930s, he held no cabinet office but remained a member of the House of Commons. This was his most prolific decade as an author, during which he published his autobiography and a four-volume biography of Marlborough, among many other books. Upon the outbreak of the Second World War he becoming Prime Minister and Minister of Defense. The author of more than forty books, in 1953 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, and in 1963 he was made an honorary citizen of the United States. He died in London in 1965. James W. Muller is Professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He is a By-Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, Academic Chairman of the Churchill Centre, and received the Farrow Award for Excellence in Churchill Studies. Muller earned his first degree and his Ph.D. from Harvard College. In 1983-84 he was a White House Fellow, serving in the U. S. Department of Education. He is cofounder of the Forty-Ninth State Fellows Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Muller is editor of The Revival of Constitutionalism, Churchill as Peacemaker, and Churchill's ""Iron Curtain"" Speech Fifty Years Later, and of new editions of Winston Spencer Churchill, The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan, 2 vols.

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