WINSTON S. CHURCHILL Young Statesman 1901-1914 by RANDOLPH CHURCHILL (1967) 1st

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller style-and-substance-ltd (10,841) 100%, Location: New Romney, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 303121662064 Item: WINSTON S. CHURCHILL - VOL II - YOUNG STATESMAN 1901-1914 by RANDOLPH S. CHURCHILL. 1st Edition First Printing 775 page hardback book (24cm x 16cm - 1421gram) published by Heinemann 1967. Dust-jacket reads: Volume II - Young Statesman 1901-1914. In Volume I of his biography, Mr. Randolph Churchill presented, with impeccable documentation and admirable objectivity, the life of Winston Churchill from his birth in 1874, through schooldays and experience as cavalry subaltern in India and the Sudan, and as war correspondent in the Boer War, to his return to England where he was elected, at his second attempt, as Tory MP for Oldham. Volume II takes the story of Churchill's life from there to the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. On 14 February 1901 Churchill took his seat in the House of Commons at the age of twenty-six. He was poised for that career of Shakespearian dramatic scope which was to take him through success and denigration, through years in the political wilderness while lesser men compromised; firm in his own beliefs he became the dogged and inspiring symbol of a world at bay. This volume shows explicitly the forging and tightening of that mainspring which drove one man for so long. He felt instinctively what was right and no consideration of political expediency influenced him. Within an hour of subscribing to the Oath Churchill went into the division lobby and voted against most of his Party's leaders. He swiftly showed himself to be a rebel of independent mind. For example: Churchill `If I were a Boer I hope I should be fighting in the field; Churchill, being warmly cheered by the Leader of the Opposition on his maiden speech; Churchill becoming a Unionist Free Trader and being disowned by his local Conservative Association and the dramatic moment when he crossed the Floor of the House on 31 May 1904 to join the Liberals and sat down in the seat on which Lord Randolph had stood, waving his handkerchief to cheer the downfall of Gladstone in 1885. By the end of 1905 Churchill was Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. As Randolph Churchill says `While he was a backbencher Churchill had spoken as if he were an Under-Secretary, now as an Under-Secretary, as if a member of the Cabinet, and when he reached the Cabinet he was apt to speak as if he were Prime Minister'. Neither did he confine his activities to politics. In 1906 his Life of Lord Randolph Churchill was published and quickly established itself as one of the outstanding political biographies in the English language. Churchill joined the Cabinet as President of the Board of Trade in April 1908, was then defeated at Manchester by Joynson-Hicks, won Dundee on May 9, and married Miss Clementine Hozier on September 12. This marriage was to survive until Churchill's death at the age of ninety and, as the author says, `proved the sheet anchor of his career'. The courtship and early married life is illustrated by vivacious extracts from the many letters that have been preserved. Forging ahead with remorseless energy, the next few years brought Churchill unceasing toil and a wide variety of new responsibilities and alliances. His collaboration with Lloyd George began. There was the Parliament Act and Churchill's relentless attack on the Lords which infuriated not only Dukes but also the King who said Churchill's speech was `full of false statements of Socialism in its most insidious form and of virulent abuse against one particular class, which can only have the effect of stirring up "class against class" and of stirring up the worst passions of its audience'. While at the Home Office and then the Admiralty his problems included the formidable Irish Question, the votes for women campaign, the Sidney Street siege, riots in Wales and the inevitable drift towards war with Germany. When the storm finally broke he wrote to his wife from the Admiralty `Preparations have a hideous fascination for me ... yet I would do my best for peace, and nothing would induce me wrongfully to strike the blow. I cannot feel that we in this island are in any serious degree responsible for the wave of madness which has swept the mind of Christendom'. At forty, Churchill the statesman met his responsibilities in the face of world catastrophe as he was to, yet again, when he was sixty-five. Illustrated with photographs. Condition: Dust-jacket; small piece missing front top edge, creases/splits/wear to corners/edges/spine, clean & bright, not price-clipped (inside removable protective sleeve - photo taken without sleeve). Hardback; fading to rear board, very minor fading to spine/front board, clean & bright. Pages; very clean & bright. Collectable 1st Edition WE SELL WORLD-WIDE Condition: Good, Condition: Dust-jacket; small piece missing front top edge, creases/splits/wear to corners/edges/spine, clean & bright, not price-clipped (inside removable protective sleeve - photo taken without sleeve). Hardback; fading to rear board, very minor fading to spine/front board, clean & bright. Pages; very clean & bright., Author: Randolph S. Churchill, Subject: Political, Publisher: Heinnemann, Publication Year: 1967, Format: Hardback, Language: English, Special Attributes: 1st Edition, Subject 2: Memoirs

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