Winston Churchill Speeches 1938-40 – Into Battle
‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’
Speeches by the Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill
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The pre-war and early war-time speeches, spanning the time between May 1938 when he was warning of the dangers of a forthcoming war, against the appeasement policies of the existing government, and of the War Situation as he stood fast against the German threat in November 1940 – ‘the present day’ at the time of the book‘s publication.
As the book’s compiler, his son Randolph S. Churchill says, this volume “sees the fulfilment of all the darkest fears to which Mr Churchill gave utterance in the earlier volume” (Arms and the Covenant).
A fascinating book, giving us Winston Churchill’s views on the Munich Agreement (“We are in the presence of a disaster of the first magnitude”); The First Month of War (“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key…”); Dunkirk (“Against this loss of over 30,000 men, we can set a far heavier loss certainly inflicted upon the enemy”); A Message to the People (on the fall of France): “we shall fight on unconquerable until the curse of Hitler is lifted from the brows of mankind.”
Hardback in blue cloth, pp viii, 313, with half-tone frontispiece of Winston Churchill, a portrait sitting at his desk, by Cecil Beaton.
Good condition (spine frayed at head and tail, some light shelf wear, text occasionally foxed, though very clean); no dust jacket).
Cassell, 1941. First edition.
This book was also published in the United States under the title Blood, Sweat and Tears.