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Sinews of Peace, Winston S. Churchill Post-War Speeches

The first volume in this captivating collection of the prime minister’s speeches brings to life the heady days after V-Day—and a nation newly at peace.

Legendary politician and military strategist Winston S. Churchill was a master not only of the battlefield, but of the page and the podium. Over the course of forty books and countless speeches, broadcasts, news items and more, he addressed a country at war and at peace, thrilling with victory but uneasy with its shifting role on the global stage. In 1953, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for “his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.” During his lifetime, he enthralled readers and brought crowds roaring to their feet; in the years since his death, his skilled writing has inspired generations of eager history buffs.

The Sinews of Peace was the alternate title of the 1946 “Iron Curtain Speech” delivered at Westminster College—in which Churchill championed the idea of a “fraternal association” between people of the English-speaking world to preserve the spirit of military and political cooperation forged during the war. President Truman was in the audience. Was Churchill proposing a formal alliance between the two world powers?

This inspiring collection contains the first of Churchill’s speeches delivered immediately after World War II. In his signature charismatic, impassioned style, he calls for unity and cooperation between the victims and the limping former Axis powers—including a partnership between Germany and France. These speeches both recounted history and made it, as the leaders of Europe convened to form a new world order.

Winston S. Churchill

Sir Winston S. Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values. Over a 64-year span, Churchill published over 40 books, many multi-volume definitive accounts of historical events to which he was a witness and participant. All are beautifully written and as accessible and relevant today as when first published. During his fifty-year political career, Churchill served twice as Prime Minister in addition to other prominent positions including President of the Board of Trade, First Lord of the Admiralty, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Home Secretary. In the 1930s, Churchill was one of the first to recognize the danger of the rising Nazi power in Germany and to campaign for rearmament in Britain. His leadership and inspired broadcasts and speeches during World War II helped strengthen British resistance to Adolf Hitler and played an important part in the Allies eventual triumph. One of the most inspiring wartime leaders of modern history, Churchill was also an orator, a historian, a journalist, and an artist. All of these aspects of Churchill are fully represented in this collection of his works.

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