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Churchill versus Hitler: War of Words Kindle Edition

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Peter John is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, School of Public Policy at University College London.

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  • Print Length: 360 pages
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  • Publisher: Bennion Kearny (10 Sept. 2012)
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  • Language: English
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I am not sure anyone can draw an accurate comparison in regards to which one of the two men is the better in a war of words, due to the fact that there is less documentation when it comes to Hitler. When Hitler spoke it was usually part of his Magnum Opus or propaganda spiel. I would also enter the argument that Churchill lived nearly four decades longer than Hitler, ergo had a lot more time to throw quips into the universe.
Churchill was known for his outlandish remarks and stubborn nature, something I believe many admired about him. Many believe he spoke spontaneously and I would venture that the man knew very well what to say to whom and when, even when it caused offense.
The author has gone to great pains and research to gather information on the verbal/written interactions between the two.
Personally I agree with the author that I would have been interested to see what either one of them would have done if they had access to the power of social media and the media of our day and age in general. A thought that it almost frightening when you think about what Hitler was able to do with just one country and the technology of the early 40's behind him.
The same goes for the master manipulator of power Mr Churchill. In fact we are safe in the knowledge that some of the most powerful and dangerous men in history didn't have the world media to use as they saw fit.
Then again we do have Putin.
I received a copy of this book via BR and courtesy of the author for my review.
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Churchill and Hitler both have billions of words written about them. What is different about this?
Its originality lies in Peter John's taking as a focus the words they wrote about each other.
Hitler portrayed Churchill as a drunkard, for example. There's tons more detail, but that's what makes this addition to the historiography worth while.
This can still be read as a double-biography as well, but that's its USP.
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HASH(0x9673ea50) out of 5 stars Churchill versus Hitler 23 Dec. 2012
By jacqueline hruska - Published on Amazon.com
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I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. This book is a meticulously researched scholarly work with emphasis on primary and secondary sources. The author states that his purpose "is to chronicle the history of two men's mutual antagonism in detail as it is manifested in their wiritings, speeches, and private conversations." He has chosen to tell the story of their verbal and written views chronologically rather then thematically. This works well and the complicated text does flow, he is thorough, very thorough. Throughout the text he compares and contrasts their views of each other, as well as their backgrounds, personalities and hopes for their respective countries. Both Churchill and Hitler were remarkable orators by age 35. One had hypnotic eyes and personal magnetism. One was brilliant, witty, a prolific writer, with a clear understanding of a threat to the British empire from growing German power. As early as July 1911 Churchill perceived the German threat as a national emergency for Britain. He was only a member of parliament at this time and was largely ignored. Hitler's repeated themes at this time were his fear of the French and English attempt to diminish German power. He complained early on about what he called the Jewry having a decisive influence in England. The author looks behind the scenes of this important time in history. All major historical players for both sides as well as those from occupied counties are taken into account. The number of victims from this sad time in our history is discussed. Nazi Germany gains strength, overthrows, and occupies many British and US allies. Hitler has major blunders in Russia. There are many tidbits about the characters of the day as well as British Nazi supporters and their motivations. The scope of the subject is immense.

If you are a history buff who likes endlessly long, time intensive reading that includes slogs through correspondence, speeches, and comparison of sources that don't agree, then this is the book for you.
HASH(0x9673eaa4) out of 5 stars Quite glad social media didn't exist for them to use.. 31 Dec. 2013
By Cheryl M-M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I am not sure anyone can draw an accurate comparison in regards to which one of the two men is the better in a war of words, due to the fact that there is less documentation when it comes to Hitler. When Hitler spoke it was usually part of his Magnum Opus or propaganda spiel. I would also enter the argument that Churchill lived nearly four decades longer than Hitler, ergo had a lot more time to throw quips into the universe.
Churchill was known for his outlandish remarks and stubborn nature, something I believe many admired about him. Many believe he spoke spontaneously and I would venture that the man knew very well what to say to whom and when, even when it caused offense.
The author has gone to great pains and research to gather information on the verbal/written interactions between the two.
Personally I agree with the author that I would have been interested to see what either one of them would have done if they had access to the power of social media and the media of our day and age in general. A thought that it almost frightening when you think about what Hitler was able to do with just one country and the technology of the early 40's behind him.
The same goes for the master manipulator of power Mr Churchill. In fact we are safe in the knowledge that some of the most powerful and dangerous men in history didn't have the world media to use as they saw fit.
Then again we do have Putin.
I received a copy of this book via BR and courtesy of the author for my review.
HASH(0x9673eedc) out of 5 stars Personal Feud between Two Charismatic Leaders 18 Nov. 2012
By The Kindle Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. John has done a good job of gleaning the best of the quotations of both Churchill and Hitler, though there was not much written documentation for him to use in the case of Hitler.

I was vaguely aware that Hitler was building himself into a menace during the 1930's following the end of WW I, but had not realized that Churchill's warnings throughout that decade were prophetic and unheeded by the rest of the free world.

Churchill attempted to warn his countrymen, Stalin, Roosevelt and other world leaders of what Hitler was planning, and all paid little attention until Hitler was able to start rearming against the existing peace treaties. When Hitler started marching into neighboring countries some of the world's leaders started listening, but Russia didn't buy it until Hitler actually marched into their territory. Ironically, Hitler had taken over Czechoslovkia, Hungary and part of Poland and Stalin still ignored the threat.

This is an interesting book that filled in many gaps in my knowledge of the WW II happenings, but would have been more fun had the author included more of the funny things said by both Churchill and Hitler in their name calling of each other. I was able to gain much more background from this book that I ever would have otherwise.

Dawn Edwards, the Kindle Book Review

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HASH(0x9c60a0d8) out of 5 stars A Must Read for History Buffs 24 April 2013
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a long read for me. As much as I enjoy reading books about historical characters, this was a bit too intensive for my curiosity! The author did a pain stakingly great job with all the intricate details of both men. It is clear that Hitler was no match for Churchill in the war on words. The book provided an indepth look into the personal and social lives of these two important men in history. Clearly, this is a book for those historical buffs who seek the intimate details of the relationship between these men. While I found the book interesting, I do not have a strong historical background to adequately critique the extensive research that was involved in writing a book of this magnitude. That being said, I received a complimentary copy of this book to read for review.
HASH(0x9c60a1bc) out of 5 stars great book 29 Dec. 2012
By Jen Woffy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. As a person who has study history, it was good to see the war on words in one book. If my college professor was still alive, I know he would have made this a required reading for one of his courses.

The author has researched and uses all available known sources for this book. As other reviewers have shared, there is not a lot of primary sources for Hitler.

This book does take awhile to read but it is worth it.

I received this book as a free copy to review.
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