Churchill Style

(Photo: David Cohen)

I have a friend named Barry Singer, an author who also runs a bookshop that specializes in Churchillania.

He has now combined all these passions to write a book called Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill. It seems at first glance to be mainly a guide to what Churchill ate, drank, smoked, and wore but it truly is a phenomenal book in that it also brings us deeply into how Churchill thought, struggled, and persevered in his personal and political lives.

Here’s a Wall Street Journal excerpt that focuses mainly on the softer stuff. Even if you’ve read a small mountain of Churchill bios including the magisterial Martin Gilbert edition, I’d still recommend giving the Singer book a shot.

It can be hard to read books by friends because you fear being disappointed and having to handle that disappointment. In this case, I am pleased to report there wasn’t an ounce of disappointment.

Andreas Moser

In London, (the statue of) Churchill has to look at "peaceniks" every day now:


here's something to ponder--- In Germany (at the time that Max Weber was writing) "all struggles between locals and those proponants of centralized government were about control (hence perhaps the notion of Germany's authoritarian stamp. By contrast, that "familar and combined sense" of the value of personal dignity and universal brotherhood to which Harriet Martineau alluded may well explain not only how "elections, fabricated from above, were really won from below, but also their economic woes. Bottom line, both need to understand the importance of a real mutual orientation of their economic activities (is not the stuff of the German sense of their own superiority, but it is the stuff of a real European brother and sisterhood).


Ps- In addition to the German (my own) propensity for seeing the importance of grasping a situation in its entirety, I was referring to what the Spanish have to and have offered us in the way of a perspective on brotherliness.


what style of gas did he like to use on those pesky Arabs?

Sven Raphael Schneider

It is a great book. For a more in depth book review, please take a look at this Churchill Style article.

Elaine Fine

Is that Elgar Cello Concerto recording in the public domain? Hmm. . . . And why didn't you give credit to the cellist (who is certainly long dead, but very good) playing it?