CHURCHILL IN AMERICA: An Affectionate Portrait, 1895-1961 by Robert H. Pilpel

CHURCHILL IN AMERICA: An Affectionate Portrait, 1895-1961

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If you did not know that Winston Churchill visited the US twice during Queen Victoria's reign, the first time as an active 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Hussars (he was appalled to see men of 23 treated as children at West Point), that for many years one of his closest friends and counselors was a Tammany politician whom he met on this occasion, that he was once knocked down by a car on Fifth Avenue, that lie knew seven Presidents of the US, and if all this interests you, then this may be your book. But alas that the ""affection"" of the subtitle should become so breathless and that the reader should be served so much trivia (""Winston headed off to New York again, tired as the saying goes, but happy""). Mark Twain's introduction of the young Churchill to a lecture audience verbatim is okay, but not newspaper reports after what seems like every performance. The author claims no original research and gives high praise to WSC's ""My Early Life,"" but the book, half of which deals with the period prior to WW II, does have some justification as the only one coming at Anglo-American relations from this particular springboard. And apropos of Churchill, his early visits here served to give him the confidence that the steady denigration of parents and schools denied. A minor contribution to Churchillmania.

Pub Date: Nov. 12th, 1976
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich