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Churchill: The Power of Words

From National Review -

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Churchill had scant capacity for extemporaneous remarks. This much is obvious from his unscripted V-E Day speech, which is egregious among the collection on display. Such was Churchill’s reliance upon preparation that his friend, Lord Birkenhead, joked that “Winston has spent the best years of his life writing impromptu speeches.”

But what speeches they were, exhorting the West to stand against the forces of darkness.


Curiously, given how much Churchill wrote, dictating to his secretaries, this image is the only one I've found which shows him with papers, perhaps revising his Second World War history, perhaps reading war memos. The portrait is by Frank Salisbury and is held by the National Trust.

The Morgan Library Exhibition on Churchill's spoken and written words has just opened.

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I would encourage everyone to go to the Morgan Library to see Churchill: The Power of Words before the exhibit closes in September. My favorite parts were seeing Churchill's personal hand-written correspondences.

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