EUROPE UNITE by Winston S.  Churchill


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This is a companion volume to The Sinews of Peace, and incorporates the main speeches made by this greatest of modern craters during 1947-48. While the constructive positive aspect of his viewpoint on matters international, his plea for a united Europe, give title to the book, the greater part of the speeches are vitriolic attacks on the Labor Government, not only in its domestic but in its foreign policies, particularly in Palestine and India. He speaks as an aggressive, fighting leader of the Opposition; he leaves no stone unturned in his violent indictment of the system which he feels is impoverishing Britain, "the nation which fall flat on its face in the moment of greatest victory." He sees release only in a reversal through a General Election, too late, however, to restore the shrinking Empire. There are great themes and small, important political speeches, records of debates in the House, gracious gestures to organizations, to individuals (the sovereigns on their Silver Wedding, Mrs. Roosevelt, a broadcast on the occasion of the dedication of the Al Smith Memorial, etc.). Here shown is Churchill with much still of the brilliance and energy and fire of his middle years. The connecting chronology of dates and events links the speeches and places them in the record. Not a book for the market that buys his Second World War volumes. But Churchill's speeches are integral to modern history.
Pub Date: June 15th, 1950
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1950


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