Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat

Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat[Download] ➼ Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat By Winston S. Churchill – The most elouent and expressive statesman of his time phrases such as 'iron curtain' 'business as usual' 'the few' and 'summit meeting' passed uickly into everyday use Winston Churchill used language The most elouent and expressive statesman of Tears and PDF/EPUB è his time phrases such as 'iron curtain' 'business as usual' 'the few' and 'summit meeting' passed uickly into everyday use Winston Churchill used language as his most powerful weapon at a time when his most freuent complaint was that the armoury was otherwise empty In this volume David Cannadine selects thirty three orations ranging over fifty years demonstrating how Churchill gradually hones his rhetoric until the day when with spectacular effect 'he mobilized the Blood, Toil, MOBI :¼ English language and sent it into battle' Edward R Murrow. This book deserves a good rating for the uality of the selection and for the excellence of the oratory regardless of the personal or other flaws of the orator I've had this book for some considerable time and have avoided it fearing it to be a dry read As it turns out it is compiled by a reputable historian and reads like a decent biography illustrated with relevant documents What prevents this collection from having a higher rating is however that there are some key omissions which mean that a rosier picture is presented than should be There is an attempt to be warts and all but it would be fully rounded if it had something on the General Strike and something on the waves of independence in the 40s and 50s This book contains a selection of Churchill’s speech from his debut in Parliament in 1905 until his departure in 1955 They include his most famous wartime speeches and his ignominious claim during the 1945 campaign that Labour would reuire some kind of ‘Gestapo’ to ensure that they would remain in power This was a scurrilous claim and he thoroughly deserved the annihilation that he received at the polls Churchill was a lover of liberty democracy and the rights of man and loathed communism as well as fascism and tried to infer that Attlee’s Labour Party were the communists in disguise Whether this was an opinion he truly believed or was scaremongering is not clear However in the 1950’election campaign he behaved with far greater decency towards Attlee and in one of his last speeches in 1955 he paid the Labour administration high tribute particularly with regard to instigating the UK’s independent nuclear deterrent program If I have any criticism it is the lack of detailed notes Although each speech has an explanatory paragraph at the start putting it in a context There are obviously many references to names and events in what follows which the modern reader may not be familiar Clearly the notes can’t be to detailed as they will form a book in itself but references to further reading would be helpfulThe speeches also provide a biographical snapshot of Churchill’s political career and provide an excellent introduction to the man along with his strengths and flaws In fact reading the early speeches highlights Churchill’s flawed judgement on many domestic issues and confirms that he was a poor peace time minister and prime minister This demonstrates why many of his colleagues were unsure of his appointment as prime minster in 1940 However as the American journalist Ed Morrow pointed out that despite poor judgement which manifested itself several times during the war he was able ‘To mobilise the English language and sent it into battle which electrified both his fellow countrymen and the world at large This book gives an indication of Churchill's ability as an orator as well as his own politics and the history and politics of his times spanning several decadesSome of the speeches are uite dry even boring They are still interesting to some extent as an example of how politics was discussed and debated in a different time and place Churchill certainly seems superior to many of our current politiciansThen you have the classic speeches although these are it turns out like classic paragraphs buried in a mound of hitherto unknown prose But great to read them in full and come across other phrases or metaphors that are less known but still powerfulOverall a decent read as an insight into Churchill into rhetoric and into sooner of the UK political developments through the first half or so of the twentieth century Really loved the historical background and contextual introductions for each of these speeches to help with a frame of reference and keeping in mind what was going on but I think reading Churchill’s speeches don’t do them justice as compared to listening to audio archives An interesting look at the first official speech of a very influential man Winston Churchill – soldier statesman author orator – is widely known as one of the most famous figures of the last century His legend as the steady hand at the helm of Britain through perhaps the most perilous moment in that nation’s history is known the world round And that legend is based than anything else on his limitless courage and unshakable resolve – as conveyed to the British public and the watching world in series of seminal speeches Many of those pivotal moments as Britannia stood beleaguered against the whole of Axis might have found their way into this collection of “The Great Speeches” of the great man And though Churchill’s wartime words form the focus of the collection they by no means comprise the whole The book encompasses the entirety of his political career from his maiden speech in the House of Commons to his final farewell to that same assembly some fifty five years laterThe breadth of subject matter covered makes for fascinating reading Churchill’s career saw the end of colonial imperialism the two greatest wars ever fought and the beginnings of the new atomic age and the man never wanted for the words with which to capture the time For instance the second selection of the book “The Transvaal Constitution” offers the young MP’s proposal for that document a well thought out highly practical critiue examining very specific issues from all angles and providing clear reasoning for his recommendations I confess I haven’t researched whether the proposal was enacted and whether Churchill’s predictions came to pass but had I been in the Commons that day he would have had my vote Churchill’s legacy may have been built on soaring rhetoric “We shall go on to the end we shall never surrender” but it’s the attention to detail necessary for the administration of the country that are so fascinating for us history buffs Even his great wartime speeches spend a good deal of time on detail scrutinizing past failure or success and offering real solid plans for the future Editor David Cannadine deserves credit not only for his choice in selection but also for his concise pointed introductions which provide both context and commentaryIf the historian will be fascinated by the detail the biographer will be eually fascinated by the words themselves Churchill’s penchant for wit and pith is well documented and all his speeches here ring through with his signature style Ably moving from humor to sobriety from subtle jibe to sledgehammer point each of his compositions is a tour de force of language Often impulsive and always opinionated not all of Churchill’s arrows hit home Even during the second war when the gravity of Britain’s situation demanded unity of purpose the Prime Minister had to face several votes of no confidence which he adroitly defused with his well timed rhetoric When focused on lesser tasks than the survival of the free world he could be vituperative and even vindictive if at the same time clear sighted His characterization of Gandhi as “a seditious middle temple lawyer” was as inflammatory as it was accurate Yet despite these foibles one gets the sense that any lesser character would have been insufficient to the great task which Churchill handled so gracefully History remembers the Second World War as a triumph for the Allies but there were many moments when the reverse seemed likely even inevitable By sheer dint of the force of his will Churchill mobilized and galvanized his countrymen to deeds of valor and heroism in an hour of desperate need and while there was certainly much to the man his well deserved legend as Britain’s greatest statesman will live on as long as the language which was his primary weaponSadly or perhaps not YouTube did not exist in the days of Cicero so the world will never know if that oft made comparison was warranted but I will close this review with a link to an edited version of Churchill’s Dunkirk speech after the fall of France to the Nazi blitz and the narrow escape of the British Expeditionary Force Let the reader ponder for himself the importance of these words to a frightened and reeling nation to a frightened and uncertain world Let the reader take to heart the immortal phrase “we shall never surrender” Whilst as a statesman Churchill was a voice of assurance and a truly heroic and decisive leader in speeches he could uite unseeingly drag on and on and on with figures with anecdotes This when translated into words could mean a somewhat uneasy reading what was it that he really wanted to say? Are we there yet? No? One must surely read this book with a healthy supply of patience and reverence of the old man to appreciate what it is that he really wished to convey Churchill had an amazing use of words but an even greater understanding of the human spirit A great read I have a turtleback edition copyright 1941 published by GP Putnam's Sons with no isbn

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  • 416 pages
  • Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat
  • Winston S. Churchill
  • English
  • 04 February 2016
  • 9780141442068