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Never Give In!

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Winston Churchill steered Britain through its darkest hours during World War II. He was one of the 20th century's greatest orators, and the speeches he painstakingly composed, rehearsed and delivered inspired courage in an entire nation.
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Published December 1st 2006 by BBC Worldwide Publishing (first published January 1st 1967)
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Jonathan
Dec 05, 2014 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If Winston Churchill had only been a writer he would have been an exceptional human being. This collection of the best of his speeches, ranging from his first political speech in 1897 to his reply to being awarded honorary citizenship of the USA in 1963 (delivered by his son Randolph as he was too unwell to travel by then), is a comprehensive look at the responses by a man to 20th Century world events, who was undoubtedly one of its most outstanding figures.

When I started reading this book it m
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Frank
Nov 13, 2008 Frank marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I saw this quote:
"You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. Yet in their hearts there is unspoken - unspeakable! - fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts! Words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home, and all the more powerful because they are forbidden. These terrify them. A little mouse - a little tiny mouse! - of thought appears in the room and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic."

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Melliereed
Feb 08, 2012 Melliereed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A speech should stir one to action: either to cast off despair at the very least or at the most to plunge forward without looking back. No one since Churchill has had this effect in our modern day. He had the background that really none have in this age to lead in difficult times. I read this book because I thought if his speeches could have that much effect on a nation to stir it to win an impossible war, then surely it could help me with some words of encouragement to face the daily war of lif ...more
Reagan Ramsey
i'll quibble with the author and say that, including Churchill's speeches on the Atlantic Charter and the Balfour Declaration were unnecessary to understanding his great oratorial powers. However, it was wonderful to read many of his accounts during the two world wars, his views on socialism and the atomic bomb...and his opinion on the general sorry-ness of politicians. amazing to think how some things truly don't change...not just in that latter point, but in matters of very serious moral impor ...more
Keith
May 03, 2015 Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great quick read of excerpts from speeches given by Winston Churchill. A voice we'd do well to heed today. Peace isn't won through willful ignorance. Fear is often given the guise of political correctness. At 89, he was made an honorary citizen of the United States and our country could be weighed the better for it.
h
Jan 25, 2009 h rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, uk, anthology, 2009
highly recommended reading. churchill's genius was not only in his intelligence and his thoughtfulness (which allowed him to accurately assess the international developments of his lifetime) nor in his dedication to language and literature nor in his steadfast belief in the ideals of british culture and history. the true genius of churchill is in his generosity, openmindedness, and flexibility. (his ability to separate the german regime from the german people, or the communist dictatorship from ...more
Fritz
Jul 05, 2009 Fritz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this entire book after reading Churchill's biography. His is one of the photos on the wall of my study.

Amazing to me, how his warnings agains socialism are still true (and needed) today.

Example: "Nationalisation! What an awful flop! Show me the nationalised industry which has not become a burden on the public either as taxpayers or consumers or both." (p 466)

Perhaps he was write when he asked: "Is it the only lesson of history that mankind is unteachable?"
(p 429)

So - several famous speec
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Tee
Aug 22, 2015 Tee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ayman Mohamed
Dec 11, 2014 Ayman Mohamed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
nice book
Lamech Mariita
Jan 06, 2013 Lamech Mariita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The speeches of Churchill are famous and well known and available in different formats. The merit of this book is that his grandson has selected the best and most interesting ones, almost 200, and that with each one he presents with few well-chosen sentences the context. If you like history, you must read these speeches.These speeches were historical actions of the first order which had meaning in the great struggle to save freedom and human civilization.
Jacqueline
Jun 29, 2014 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wonderful collection of Churchill's speeches covers his more than 50 years at the center of all the great historical events of the 20th century. He was a wonderful writer, his speeches deal with great events, and they give one the sense of living history. A great read.
Bharat
Oct 15, 2012 Bharat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read. He was an inspiring speaker without doubt. But just like with all things 'historical', it is difficult to sift the real truth from the author's version of the truth.
Mar
Jun 08, 2008 Mar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Churchill was a genius---an impulsive and pushy genius. everbody can take something away from his speeches.
i'll read anything about or by this man.
Wai-kit Ng
I admire this man - for this grit and for not giving in during the darkest of nights. The speeches are ok. Not as brilliant as I thot it would be though.
Don
Jan 25, 2009 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Churchill saving Western civilization. How to mobilize the English language to save a country and a people.
Brenden
Jan 17, 2010 Brenden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never Give In: The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches by Winston S. Churchill (2003)
Todd
May 08, 2009 Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-best
This book was included in my book: The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. www.100bestbiz.com
Steven
Jun 08, 2015 Steven rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, politics, british
Not the best of Winston Churchill's speeches ...
Prateek Tandon
Aug 01, 2013 Prateek Tandon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly Inspiring speeches compiled nicely..
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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC (Can) was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman, orator and strategist, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army. A prolific author, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his own historical writings, "for his mastery ...more
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