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Never Give In!: The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches

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Winston Churchill was the most eloquent and expressive statesman of his time. It was as an orator that Churchill became most completely alive, and it was through his oratory that his words made their greatest and most enduring impact. While the definitive collection of Churchill's speeches fills eight volumes, here for the first time, his grandson, Winston S. Churchill, ha ...more
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Published November 10th 2004 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 1967)
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Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is great to listen to Winston Spence Churchill’s speeches. The slight lisp makes him seem vulnerable. The book is a compilation of WSC’s speeches compiled by his grandson Winston Churchill. The book also contains sections of Churchill reading excerpts of his writings with explanations about why and when he wrote them. Winston, the grandson, provides the introduction to each speech with a bit of historical context and scene setting.

I enjoyed his speech explaining about the British Parliament a
Nov 13, 2008 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."

and kne
Данную книгу мне стало интересно прочитать по двум причинам. Во-первых, потому, что она вошла в список "100 лучших бизнес книг по версии Джека Коверта", во-вторых, я как то годом ранее читал книгу "Секреты великих ораторов. Говори как Черчилль, держись как Линкольн", в которой автор весьма хорошо отзывался о ораторском искусстве Черчиля.

Книга - это собрание самых популярных и великих речей известного политика в разные времена его жизни. Вышла она довольно объёмной. Но благодаря этому же объёму п
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I listened to this on audiobook, it is Churchill giving Churchill speeches, doesn't get much better than that. Some of the audio quality was not great but the content, wisdom and wit is brilliant. We may need his kind again... Soon.
Peter Ellwood
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fine collection of many of his great speeches.

Initially, the book was a mild let-down for me in one way. I suppose many of us come to Churchill’s collected speeches, secretly hoping to discover gems hitherto hidden from view. But for the most part, the most memorable sound bites have long since been out there in the public arena. On the contrary, one reaction I had - superficial admittedly - was to realise how much relatively blank space he inserted in between those immortal turns of phrase.
Mary Kelly
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
He is better heard than read, but still a compelling book.
Margaret Lozano
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: This is just an extremely honest, personal observation. I listened to the audiobook version, and I was rather disappointed. Some of the speeches were well written (the ones you probably know already). The rest were pretty mediocre, and his delivery was frankly terrible, for the most part. Clearly he was a better strategist and politician than he was a speechwriter.
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
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
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, anthology, library
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
Jul 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Lamec Mariita
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never Give In: The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches by Winston S. Churchill (2003)
Jun 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Prateek Tandon
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Highly Inspiring speeches compiled nicely..
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Churchill saving Western civilization. How to mobilize the English language to save a country and a people.
Dec 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Not the best of Winston Churchill's speeches ...
Ayman Mohamed
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
nice book
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read book about Churchill , it's show me how to be a real leader who's leading his country to victory with his strength and persistence to beat your country enemy and to build a nation
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 100-best
This book was included in my book: The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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