Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, during the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955.
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In other words, as a one-volume biography, it lives up to its namesake. Winston Churchill lived an extraordinary life. He wrote numerous books and won the Nobel Prize for literature. He was a politician throughout his adult life. He served simultaneously ...
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- Churchill and Gallipoli
- Churchill Between The Wars
- Churchill: The “British Bulldog”
- The Iron Curtain
Winston Churchill came from a long line of English aristocrat-politicians. His father, Lord Randolph Churchill, was descended from the First Duke of Marlborough and was himself a well-known figure in Tory politics in the 1870s and 1880s. His mother, born Jennie Jerome, was an American heiress whose father was a stock speculator and part-owner of The New York Times. (Rich American girls like Jerome who married European noblemen were known as “dollar princesses.”)Churchill was born at the famil...
After he left Sandhurst, Churchill traveled all around the British Empire as a soldier and as a journalist. In 1896, he went to India; his first book, published in 1898, was an account of his experiences in India’s Northwest Frontier Province. In 1899, the London Morning Post sent him to cover the Boer War in South Africa, but he was captured by enemy soldiers almost as soon as he arrived. (News of Churchill’s daring escape through a bathroom window made him a minor celebrity back home in Bri...
That same year, Winston Churchill joined the House of Commons as a Conservative. Four years later, he “crossed the chamber” and became a Liberal. His work on behalf of progressive social reforms such as an eight-hour workday, a government-mandated minimum wage, a state-run labor exchange for unemployed workers and a system of public health insurance infuriated his Conservative colleagues, who complained that this new Churchill was a traitor to his class.
In 1911, Churchill turned his attention away from domestic politics when he became the First Lord of the Admiralty (akin to the Secretary of the Navy in the U.S.). Noting that Germany was growing more and more bellicose, Churchill began to prepare Great Britain for war: He established the Royal Naval Air Service, modernized the British fleet and helped invent one of the earliest tanks.Despite Churchill’s prescience and preparation, World War I was a stalemate from the start. In an attempt to...
During the 1920s and 1930s, Churchill bounced from government job to government job, and in 1924 he rejoined the Conservatives. Especially after the Nazis came to power in 1933, Churchill spent a great deal of time warning his countrymen about the perils of German nationalism, but Britons were weary of war and reluctant to get involved in international affairs again. Likewise, the British government ignored Churchill’s warnings and did all it could to stay out of Hitler’s way. In 1938, Prime...
“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat,” Churchill told the House of Commons in his first speech as prime minister. “We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what i...
The now-former prime minister spent the next several years warning Britons and Americans about the dangers of Soviet expansionism. In a speech in Fulton, Missouri, in 1946, for example, Churchill declared that an anti-democratic “Iron Curtain,” “a growing challenge and peril to Christian civilization,” had descended across Europe. Churchill’s speech was the first time anyone had used that now-common phrase to describe the Communist threat.In 1951, 77-year-old Winston Churchill became prime mi...
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Winston Churchill was a British military leader and statesman. Twice named prime minister of Great Britain, he helped to defeat Nazi Germany in World War II. Who Was Winston Churchill?
Winston Churchill, in full Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, (born November 30, 1874, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England—died January 24, 1965, London), British statesman, orator, and author who as prime minister (1940–45, 1951–55) rallied the British people during World War II and led his country from the brink of defeat to victory.
Churchill was the son of Randolph Churchill (1911–1968), the only son of Sir Winston Churchill, and of Randolph's wife Pamela Digby (1920–1997), later to become famous as Pamela Harriman. His parents divorced in 1945.
- I no longer listen to what people say, I just watch what they do. Behavior never lies. Winston Churchill. Lying, People, Watches.
- Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions. Winston Churchill. Art, People, Way.
- Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. Winston Churchill.
- You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. Winston Churchill. Inspirational, Inspiring, Dog.
May 06, 2020 · As the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955, Winston Churchill was a respected figure during his day—and his legacy, as...
- “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston S. Churchill.
- “You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ― Winston Churchill.
- “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” ― Winston S. Churchill.
- “If you are going through hell, keep going.” ― Winston S. Churchill.
Sir Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1940-1945 and again from 1951-1955. Listen to how PM David Cameron describes his “favorite” Prime Minister in March 2012 from Number 10. David Cameron's Favourite Past Prime Minister
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