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von Winston Churchill (Autor), James W. Muller (Herausgeber)

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Churchill Sizes Up the Giants of His Age, Offers Wisdom for Our Own Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on the strength of "his mastery of historical and biographical description." Nowhere is that mastery more evident than in Great Contemporaries(1937), which features Churchill's brief lives of those he called "Great Men of our age."   ISI Books is proud to publish a brand-new, illustrated edition of this neglected classic. Great Contemporaries profiles towering figures ranging from Franklin Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Lawrence of Arabia, and Leon Trotsky to Charlie Chaplin, H. G. Wells, Rudyard Kipling, and George Bernard Shaw. This edition--the first in twenty years--includes five essays that have never appeared in any previous version, some thirty black-and-white photographs, and an enlightening introduction and annotations by noted Churchill scholar James W. Muller.   Written in the decade before Churchill became prime minister, the essays in Great Contemporaries focus on the challenges of statecraft at a time when the democratic revolution was toppling older regimes based on tradition and aristocratic privilege. Churchill's keen observations take on new importance in our own age of roiling political change.   Ultimately, Great Contemporaries provides fascinating insight into the statesman's perspective. Churchill's objective is clear: he tries to learn from these giants what makes a man great. He approaches his subjects with a measuring eye, finding their limitations at least as revealing as their merits.   This handsome new edition of Great Contemporaries brings back Churchill's unmatched insights and unforgettable prose for a new generation of readers and leaders.… (mehr)
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Titel:Great Contemporaries: Churchill Reflects on FDR, Hitler, Kipling, Chaplin, Balfour, and Other Giants of His Age
Autoren:Winston Churchill (Autor)
Weitere Autoren:James W. Muller (Herausgeber)
Info:Intercollegiate Studies Institute (2012), Edition: 1, 504 pages
Sammlungen:Deine Bibliothek
Bewertung:****
Tags:history, modern history, biography, World War One, interwar, sources

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This is a collection of articles by Winston Churchill written in the 1930s about important, or at least well-known, men he had (usually) known --there are a few he had not met, notably FDR, whom of course he met later. They can be divided roughly into British politicians with whom he had served, often in the same cabinet, and about whom he could give personal anecdotes, military and foreign personages whom he knew less well, if at all, and few miscellaneous characters such as Chaplin and Kipling and George Bernard Shaw. The British statesmen generally belonged to a somewhat older generation, and are usually treated respectfully, with the partial exception of Lord Curzon. (the others are Lord Rosebery, Joseph Chamberlain, John Morley, Asquith, F. E. Smith (Lord Birkenhead -- a much more positive impression than one gets from Chesterton's brilliant satirical poem -- Balfour, Philip Snowden, George V, Parnell, and Edward VIII (with no discussion of Churchill's support for Edward during the abdication crisis)). The military men include Sir John French, Hindenburg, Lawrence of Arabia, Foch, Haig, Lord Fisher (in a rather negative review of a biography by one of Fisher's supporters) , Baden-Powell, and Kitchener. Clemenceau as a war leader, though not military, falls into this group.So, in a sense, does the Ex-Kaiser, in a surprisingly sympathetic article suggesting that Wilhelm' s failings were due chiefly to his upbringing and position, and clearly feeling Germany (by the time this was written, under Nazi rule), could do, and had done, worse. The article on Hitler is curious, given Churchill's later eloquent denunciations of him --it recognizes that Hitler came to power by brutal means, but also salutes his success in restoring German power and suggests Hitler still has the choice of avoiding war and being a successful ruler --this reads almost as if it is aimed at persuading Hitler himself to make that choice, though I doubt Hitler ever saw it, or would have been impressed by it if he had. An article ion Alfonso XIII of Spain is much more favorable than most accounts I have seen, partly due to the king's fondness for sports like polo which Churchill felt were healthy. Again, the fact that Spain had fallen into civil war after Alfonso's abdication may have influenced it.The most frankly negative pieces are on those on the left --he admits the writing abilities of Shaw and H.G. Wells, but despises their politics, and is even more hostile to Trotsky, by then an exile seeking asylum in the west, which Churchill clearly felt he did not deserve, On the other hand, he writes respectfully of the Russian anarchist and terrorist Boris Savinkov, who had organized assassination against the Czarist regime, but later had worked with Churchill in trying to oppose the Bolsheviks, though he later had been lured back to Russia and destroyed. Apparently he is unaware of Chaplin's leftist politics, as his article is devoted to Chaplain's acting skills --though "talkies" had come in by this time, Churchill suggests there was still a place for silent movies, especially in countries where viewers did not know English.Kipling he naturally admired, as they shared a love for the British Empire in India and (at this point) opposition to changes that would give the Indian people more power.If he was aware that Kipling had plotted violent resistance to the Liberal government's Irish policy just before World War One --a government of which Churchill was a leading member -- he does not mention it. The view he expresses on Ireland (in his Parnell article) is that it is a good thing that there are no longer so many Irish members of the British parliament to disrupt it. His view of FDR is generally sympathetic, recognizing that FDR is dealing with a great economic crisis. I was surprised that one of his few criticisms is that income tax returns in the US had been made public. He was also doubtful that raising the position of American labor unions to the position already won by British unions would have good results, though he admitted British unions had generally behaved better than those elsewhere. As a former (very traditional) Chancellor of the Exchequer, he opposed deficit spending. Overall, these articles provide interesting views from a knowledgeable, if sometimes prejudiced observer, who, in particular with British statesmen, wrote from a position of helpful personal experience. ( )
  antiquary | Mar 18, 2020 |
This is a companion volume to Churchill's "Thoughts and Adventures" (see separate review).

This volume is a collection of 25 essays about British and World statesmen, leaders and writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, all of them Churchill's contemporaries. They include Balfour, Chamberlain, Rosebery, Morley, Asquith, Curzon, as well as King George V, Roosevelt, the ex-Kaiser and Hitler, George Bernard Shaw, Lawrence of Arabia, Trotsky and Hidenburg.

Each essay is self-contained, but together they form a picture of the political and historical scene from the closing years of the 19th century to the mid-1930's.

The volume also contains a photograph of each subject and, in addition, letters written to the author by Asquith and Lawrence are reproduced at appropriate points in the text. ( )
  SunnyJim | May 25, 2016 |
This began as a set of newspaper features that WSC fell back on as a money maker in between longer projects. He did have the advantages of knowing many of these people personally, from his aristocratic and political careers. the prose is workman like though ornate to the modern taste. Churchill was out of the cabinet at the time of publication, and some of these peces are illuminating from that point of view. ( )
  DinadansFriend | May 19, 2015 |
2958 Great Contemporaries, by The Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill, C.H., M.P. (read 18 Feb 1997) This 1937 book consists of 21 Macaulay-imitating essays on figures contemporary to Churchill. They aren't as good as Macaulay's but I enjoyed them, and his essay on Hitler, while it calls Hitler evil and condemns him, has some suggestion he might turn out better! I believe this book was worth reading. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jan 19, 2008 |
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Churchill Sizes Up the Giants of His Age, Offers Wisdom for Our Own Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on the strength of "his mastery of historical and biographical description." Nowhere is that mastery more evident than in Great Contemporaries(1937), which features Churchill's brief lives of those he called "Great Men of our age."   ISI Books is proud to publish a brand-new, illustrated edition of this neglected classic. Great Contemporaries profiles towering figures ranging from Franklin Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Lawrence of Arabia, and Leon Trotsky to Charlie Chaplin, H. G. Wells, Rudyard Kipling, and George Bernard Shaw. This edition--the first in twenty years--includes five essays that have never appeared in any previous version, some thirty black-and-white photographs, and an enlightening introduction and annotations by noted Churchill scholar James W. Muller.   Written in the decade before Churchill became prime minister, the essays in Great Contemporaries focus on the challenges of statecraft at a time when the democratic revolution was toppling older regimes based on tradition and aristocratic privilege. Churchill's keen observations take on new importance in our own age of roiling political change.   Ultimately, Great Contemporaries provides fascinating insight into the statesman's perspective. Churchill's objective is clear: he tries to learn from these giants what makes a man great. He approaches his subjects with a measuring eye, finding their limitations at least as revealing as their merits.   This handsome new edition of Great Contemporaries brings back Churchill's unmatched insights and unforgettable prose for a new generation of readers and leaders.

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