One of the most expressive statesmen of his time, Winston Churchill's oratorical skills are legendary. This anthology contains 33 of his most famous speeches, from his maiden speech in the House of Commons to his swan song of 1955. Introduction by David Cannadine. 355 pages, indexed, softcover. Penguin Classics.
The collected speeches of the most eloquent and expressive statesman of his time
The only political leader to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, Winston Churchill used language as a weapon at a time when he possessed nothing more than an empty armory with which to fight his nation's enemies. In this major volume, David Cannadine-one of the foremost historians of modern Britain-selects thirty-three speeches ranging over fifty years, demonstrating how Churchill honed his rhetoric until the day when, in the words of Edward R. Murrow, "he mobilized the English language, and sent it into battle." A landmark of political speechmaking, perfect for the election year, Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat is an essential addition to the library of every Churchill fan.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was prime minister of Great Britain from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. A prolific writer whose works include The Second World War and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953.
David Cannadine is the author, most recently, of Mellon: An American Life, as well as The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy, which won the Lionel Trilling Prize and the Governors' Award. He teaches at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.
"Churchill was a word-spinner of genius. . . . A splendid anthology."
-The Sunday Telegraph (London)
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