This is the first edition, first printing, inscribed and dated by the editor, Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill's namesake grandson (1940-2010). The inscription, in bold black ink on the first free endpaper in four lines, reads: "For Shawn | with best wishes | Winston S. Churchill | Silver Cloud, 4 Jan 2000." The book is described by the publisher as "Sir Winston Churchill's personal vision of American history, from the arrival of the first European settlers to the dawn of the Cold War." The text consists of selections from Churchill's A History of the English-Speaking Peoples as well as 24 articles and speeches. The cultural commonality and vitality of English-speaking peoples animated Churchill throughout his life, from his Victorian youth in an ascendant British Empire to his twilight in the midst of the American century. Churchill, the child of an American mother and decended from British nobility on his father's side, paid particular heed to the 'special relationship' between Britain and the United States. Perhaps to some extent he regarded himself as a personification of that relationship. When Churchill first addressed the U.S. Congress on 26 December 1941 he famously quipped, "I cannot help reflecting that if my father had been American and my mother British, instead of the other way around, I might have got here on my own." Among the English-speaking peoples, Churchill considered Britain and the Unitied states in particular "united by other ties besides those of State policy and public need." During his wartime speech at Harvard, among the "ties of blood and history" Churchill cited were, "Law, language, literature - these are considerable factors. Common conceptions of what is right and decent, a marked regard for fair play, especially to the weak and poor, a stern sentiment of impartial justice, and above all the love of personal freedom, or as Kipling put it: 'Leave to live by no man's leave underneath the law' - these are common conceptions on both sides of the ocean among the English-speaking peoples" (6 September 1943 speech at Harvard University). The reinforcement and constructive application of these common conceptions and common history - upon which so much of 20th Century history hinged - would continue to the very end of Churchill's life and career. This book compiled by his Churchill's namesake grandson encapsulates Churchill's informed and insightful observations on the history of America. Condition appears flawless, fine in a fine dust jacket. The binding is square, tight, and immaculate, with no discernible wear. The contents are pristine. The book feels unread. the unclipped dust jacket remains bright and crisp with no wear. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A301.1. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Titel: The Great Republic: A History of America, ...
Verlag: Random House
Auflage: First edition
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