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Thoughts and Adventures: Churchill Reflects on Spies, Cartoons, Flying, and the Future [Paperback]

Sir Winston S. Churchill , James W. Muller
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15 May 2009
"Thoughts and Adventures" was first published in 1932 by Thornton Butterworth in Britain. More than any other book by Winston Churchill, this wide-ranging collection of essays allows the contemporary reader to grasp the extraordinary variety and depth of the statesman's mature thoughts on questions, both grave and gay, facing modern man. Churchill begins by asking what it would be like to live your life over again and ends by describing his love affair with painting. In between, he touches on subjects as diverse as spies, cartoons, submarines, elections, flying, and the future. Reading these essays, originally dictated late at night in the 1920s in his study as the 'pot-boilers', first published in magazines and newspapers, by which he was able to support his family and live like a lord without inherited wealth, is like being invited to dinner at his country seat at Chartwell, where the soup was limpid, Pol Roger Champagne flowed, the pudding had a theme, and Churchill entertained lucky visitors with vivid conversation, dominated by himself. This ISI edition of the book, with a new introduction and notes by James W. Muller, Academic Chairman of the Churchill Centre, brings back Churchill's unforgettable table talk for a new generation of readers.

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: ISI Books (15 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935191462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935191469
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winston S. Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire in 1874 and educated at Harrow School and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. He fought in four wars on three continents and wrote five books before taking his seat in the House of Commons in 1901 at the age of twenty-six. Through most of the 1930s, he held no cabinet office but remained a member of the House of Commons. This was his most prolific decade as an author, during which he published his autobiography and a four-volume biography of Marlborough, among many other books. Upon the outbreak of the Second World War he becoming Prime Minister and Minister of Defense. The author of more than forty books, in 1953 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, and in 1963 he was made an honorary citizen of the United States. He died in London in 1965. James W. Muller is Professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He is a By-Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, Academic Chairman of the Churchill Centre, and received the Farrow Award for Excellence in Churchill Studies. Muller earned his first degree and his Ph.D. from Harvard College. In 1983-84 he was a White House Fellow, serving in the U. S. Department of Education. He is cofounder of the Forty-Ninth State Fellows Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Muller is editor of The Revival of Constitutionalism, Churchill as Peacemaker, and Churchill's "Iron Curtain" Speech Fifty Years Later, and of new editions of Winston Spencer Churchill, The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan, 2 vols.

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4.0 out of 5 stars great reedition 17 Sep 2009
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good and informative new introduction by james w muller. great new footnotes by paul y courtenay. . this book of churchill has taken new vigor here .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts and Adventures: Churchill Reflects etc 2 Aug 2009
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I am delighted with the book, although I have not read the entire text yet, but scanning this significant works is a bit daunting. I ordered two copies, one for my to read shelf, the other for my recently deceased brother's grandson, an elementary school student who loves history. I have taken up the mission to feed his inquisitive mind, staying ahead of his absorption. I am in hope that Churchill will catch fire for him as a noble topic for the rest of his life.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 14 Dec 2013
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Contains several of churchill's essays. Not as varied and interesting as I'd thought - many are about war - but good nonetheless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good reedition 2 Oct 2009
By Gilbert Michaud - Published on Amazon.com
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a great reedition of this book of essays published in 1932.. a new introduction by james w muller and footnotes by mr paul courtenay to help the reader of the 21 th century. .
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