Archives: Winston Churchill

The predecessor to Austen, Eliot, and the Brontes; Bill Mauldin; and why bees exist: newsletter, Nov. 2, 2018

November 5, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, newsletter.

 This newsletter was emailed to everyone on Jim’s email list (3) on October 19, 2018 About veterans: Someone put it to me this way: No matter what you ended up doing, if you were in the military service, at some point you pledged to give everything you had to your country, even if that meant • Read More »

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Winston Churchill: yet another biography, but just what we need

November 2, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, history, writers, writing.

By Andrew Roberts’ count, there are slightly more than 1,000 biographies of Winston Churchill. That’s one for almost every page of his massive new biographyChurchill: Walking with Destiny. So, why write another one — particularly one of such length. Surely by now, we should be able to reduce Churchill to just three or four hundred • Read More »

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Churchill: the man who loved to write

June 17, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, writers, writing.

We know him as a great statesman, the man who led the fight against Nazi Germany, the one who provided the lion of Great Britain its roar (as he once put it). He gave voice to the grit and determination of the British Empire when it went through its darkest hour. But Winston Churchill, being • Read More »

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Reading notes: Churchill’s insight and the willful ignorance The Times of London

June 4, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

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Author William Manchester called it “unfathomable.” Manchester’s magisterial three-volume biography of Winston Churchill (The Last Lion) contains an interesting description of the attitude of The Times of London toward the rise of Adolph Hitler in volume 2, Alone. While Churchill in the mid-1930s was the single voice among the upper reaches of the British ruling • Read More »

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Winston Churchill’s World War II saga (part 3): Churchill the writer

March 29, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, writers, writing.

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In November 1895, Winston Churchill sailed for America for the first time. His ultimate destination was Cuba, where the Spanish government was attempting to put down an insurrection by Cuban rebels. The twenty-year-old Churchill (he turned twenty-one while in Cuba) was a Second Lieutenant in the British Army, and he was going to Cuba as • Read More »

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Churchill commands history (or tries to); My Lai; how to avoid sugar; and a bonus: newsletter March 23, 2018

March 26, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | 1 Comment | Filed in: journalism.

When the American public heard about what happened a year later, My Lai quickly became a symbol for America’s tragic misadventure in Southeast Asia. My Lai exposed the lack of clear mission, inadequate training, miscommunication, and less-than-straightforward truth-telling that had characterized the whole enterprise.

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Winston Churchill’s World War II saga (part 2): Obliterating the obstacles

March 21, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | 1 Comment | Filed in: journalism, writers, writing.

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Compelling reasons for Churchill to write his much-anticipated history of World War II presented themselves forcefully by early 1946. There were also monumental obstacles that stood in the way of Churchill’s efforts to write his memoirs. Churchill either found a way around them or turned them to his advantage as he began plans for his multi-volume saga in the first months of 1946.

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Winston Churchill’s World War II saga (part 1): Motive and opportunity

March 20, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | 1 Comment | Filed in: writers, writing.

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More than a few times, Churchill expressed the sentiment that “history will be kind to me for I will write it.” Through his life and particularly in his later years, Churchill would say that, sometimes as a threat to others but usually just as a comfort to himself.

But Churchill went much farther than other famous people in an attempt — futile as it is — to make that happen.

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FDR, the editor: A date which will live in infamy

December 7, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | 1 Comment | Filed in: audio journalism, editing, history, Home, journalism.

The nation had just endured a bitter debate about whether or not it should go to war. The Japanese ended the debate on Dec. 7, 1941, but the attack on Pearl Harbor had not cleared away the bitterness. Franklin Roosevelt had to weigh his words carefully.

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