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Churchill's Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government

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No statesman shaped the twentieth century more than Winston Churchill. To know the full Churchill is to understand the combination of boldness and caution, of assertiveness and humility, that defines statesmanship at its best. With fresh perspective and insights based on decades of studying and teaching Churchill, Larry P. Arnn explores the greatest challenges faced by ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Thomas Nelson (first published July 1st 2014)
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Jean Poulos
This is more of a scholarly book that examines the words and behavior of Winston Churchill with regards to free government. This is not a biography of WSC. It is in many ways a philosophical examination about constitutional limits of free government. Arnn writes a beautiful and eloquent defense of the political philosophical consistency of Winston Spencer Churchill. Churchill was a prolific writer and he was consistent in his ideals that sought for dignity and well-being, for an honorable peace, ...more
Nancy
Oct 13, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Churchill in War and Peace

Churchill was a man uniquely suited to the role he played in WWII. He was a warlord and a statesman, a unique combination that gave him the personality to lead his nation through one of the worst periods in world history. The question this book seeks to answer is: What made Churchill that way?

Three periods of Churchill's life are the focus of the book: war, empire and peace. In the section on war, the author highlights Churchill's experiences during the Boer War and the
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Rob
Oct 23, 2016 Rob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
If you want to understand a great man of history and have a great understanding of statesmanship...this it the book for you.
Reed Chef
Oct 30, 2016 Reed Chef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trials are inevitable..reading how Churchill handled them is encouraging.

Worthy read. History repeats itself. The dangers faced by Churchill on his world stage are faced by powerful actors on modern stage today. We would be wise to listen.
Sharon
Jan 11, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
The book for review is “ Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government” by Larry P. Arnn. It falls in the genre of history and general.

This book is broken down into three sections that pertains to the trials of this great man’s life. They are entitled War, Empire and Peace

As you start reading it talks about Mr. Churchill as a journalist correspondent, his imprisonment, his escape and much more. We learn about where he started from, his reasons for how he build himself
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Cotton Field
May 25, 2016 Cotton Field rated it liked it
Dr. Larry P. Arnn wrote quite a celebratory work on Churchill, though his thesis isn't as clearly stated as one might hope, and after a complete read I must state I'm still not convinced he threaded together the disparate He cribs wonderful quotes from Churchill's vast repertoire, a not to difficult task for someone researching the giant of the great quips. I found reading the book somewhat tedious, a constant effort to stay focus and try to relate the theme of "trial" of Churchill. I think that ...more
Jimmy Reagan
Nov 03, 2015 Jimmy Reagan rated it really liked it
Here is a book designed to take history and teach today vital lessons. Winston Churchill and his nuanced life is the fodder for those lessons. Larry Arnn, one of the most informed scholars on Churchill, writes from the reservoir of his deep understanding of Churchill.

The book is divided in three parts: war, empire, and peace. The idea is to take what Churchill said, and to a lesser extent, did, and apply it to free government. That approach entails Churchill facing Nazism, communism, and finally
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Mike Thiac
Jan 15, 2016 Mike Thiac rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a bio of Churchill or a history of his time in office, this is not the book. If you enjoy looking at political philosophy, government, how people are endowed with rights, this is a great, if not deep enough, overview.

Mr Arnn gives a great look at the influences and believes that shaped Mr. Churchill’s view on politics, the relationship of the governed to the government, how government should be organized and legitimated. It makes references to certain significant parts of
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Don Weidinger
Jul 10, 2016 Don Weidinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
reasons for action recorded, popular rule statesmanship constitution, Hitler appeared as hope result of crisis and helped other tyrants, started as war correspondent SoAfrica train incident courage requires fear, man own govt or govt own man, shall we all commit suicide, more conservative as aged, Fulton the 2 marauders of war and tyranny, free nations must lead, if no Hitler by 1933 or 35 then no war, against 1919 India riots, 8 industries nationalized in 5 years via socialism who are ...more
Bob M.
Sep 08, 2016 Bob M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Provocative

Not an easy read for me. However, buried in the writing was deep meaning. Important to reflect upon. The changing nature of things and how we as humans respond.
Spectre
Jan 21, 2016 Spectre rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-politics
The author, Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, has spent his lifetime studying Winston Churchill and he shares his life's work with us in this essay like treatise of the legend. The reader has the opportunity to explore and consider such vital topics as war & peace, free markets, constitutionalism, socialism and government sovereignty as written and spoken by Winston Churchill. Reflecting upon these subjects has as much value to the modern reader today as they did to those who ...more
Connie Townsend
May 16, 2016 Connie Townsend rated it it was amazing
I didn't know a lot about Churchill until I read this book. His Trial is Our Trial, the fight for freedom from big government and socialism. Hillsdale College has a free online program. They are now providing a study of Winston Churchill and I have signed up for it.

Churchill's beliefs are as important today as they ever were. He saved the world from Nazi Germany and studying his writings will support leaders today.

Churchill was a great statesman and should be a roll model for today's politician
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Andrea Engle
Dec 01, 2015 Andrea Engle rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2015
A more philosophical and theoretical approach to Winston Churchill's career ... cites several potent passages from Churchill's vast body of writings in support of its conclusions ... prior knowledge of Churchill's life is assumed ... an excellent companion to Martin Gilbert's magisterial biography ... more of an essay in political economy as filtered through a Churchillian lens ...
coreyhunt
May 02, 2016 coreyhunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WSC vs advancing Socialism

Dr Arm has given us a concise history of Churchill's ideas on liberty and government. This includes his opposition to Fabian Socialists as well as the nationalist socialist movements in Europe after WW1. This addresses the greater questions of freedom, size of the State, and the bureaucracy. 45% of the book is references.
Laurie
Jan 22, 2016 Laurie rated it it was ok
This was not a book that a beginner to the world of Winston Churchill should read. You've got to already be a Churchill fan to enjoy the depth of this book. You can read my full review here: http://cookscrapcraft.blogspot.com/20...
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I enjoyed the read and learning more about the stature of Churchill and his love for the U.S.
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“Churchill admired the division of powers in the American government, but he thought they were copied from much older British practices. In 1950 he said: [T]he division of ruling power has always been for more than 500 years the aim of the British people. The division of power is the keynote of our parliamentary system and of the constitutions we have spread all over the world. The idea of checks and counter checks; the resistance to the theory that one man, or group of men, can by sweeping gestures and decisions reduce all the rest of us to subservience; these have always been the war cries of the British nation and the division of power has always been one of the war cries of the British people. And from here the principle was carried to America. The scheme of the American Constitution was framed to prevent any one man or any one lot, getting arbitrary control of the whole nation.” 0 likes
“James Madison wrote that government is necessary because men are not angels, and limits on government are necessary because angels do not govern men.” 0 likes
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