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Great Lives Lecture Series: Winston Churchill

Cover to The Last Lion by William Manchester

The University of Mary Washington's 2013 Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series continues on Thursday, March 19, with a lecture on Winston Churchill by Jeremy Black, author of Rethinking Military History and War and the World: Military Power and the Fate of Continents, 1450-2000.

"Winston Churchill was, by any standards, one of the greatest lives of the 20th century.  During his half-century career as a military and political leader in Great Britain, Churchill endured numerous vicissitudes and controversies, reaching his zenith as Prime Minister during World War II.  His steadfastness in the face of Nazi aggression made him a heroic figure, not only in England, but in the United States, where he became the first person to ever be made an honorary citizen.  Jeremy Black’s lecture will focus on Churchill as wartime leader and will emphasize the role of the individual and the extent to which the outcome of WWII was far from inevitable.  He will also discuss Churchill in light of the complexities of a late imperial figure surviving into the age of the Cold War."
Find out more about this lecture on the University of Mary Washington's web site.
All lectures in the university's Great Lives series are held at 7:30pm, in Dodd Auditorium, George
Washington Hall, and are free and open to the public.
For more on this topic, check out these items from the library:

Churchill by Paul Johnson (book and audiobook)
Acclaimed historian Paul Johnson shows how Churchill's immense adaptability combined with his natural pugnacity to make him a formidable leader for the better part of a century. Rich with anecdote and quotation, Johnson's narrative illustrates the British statesman's humor, resilience, courage, and eccentricity.  (catalog summary)

Churchill: An Unruly Life by Norman Rose (eBook)
In this, the definitive biography, Norman Rose brilliantly illuminates the man behind the myth, producing a fresh, balanced, and incisive portrait of an extraordinary life and the legacy that remains undimmed to this day.  (Amazon.com)

Churchill By Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations by Winston Churchill, edited by Richard M. Langworth
[T]he first exhaustive, attributed, and annotated collection of Churchill sayings. Edited by a longtime Churchill scholar and authorized by the Churchill estate, the quotations provide the first wholly accurate record of the esteemed statesman's words. “

Churchill and Secret Service by David Stafford
Richly anecdotal study of Churchill’s involvement and obsession with the world of espionage from 1895 through World War II.

The Churchills : In Love and War by Mary S. Lovell
Portrays the ambitious, brave, and arrogant English family that gave the world Winston Churchill, describing generations of ancestors who were reckless womanizers but also triumphant military leaders all saddled with the upkeep of the family palace, Blenheim.  (catalog summary)

A Daughter’s Tale:  The Memoir of Winston Churchill’s Youngest Child by Mary Soames
A loving and poignant memoir, bolstered by personal journal entries.

The Last Lion:  Winston Spencer Churchill by William Manchester
A classic three volume set of the life of Churchill.

Winston Churchill presented by the History Channel (DVD)
A documentary that follows the life and career of Churchill.

Biographical essays and literary criticism are available online through the library’s databases.  Visit LibraryPoint.org/research.