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The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill: Review

Updated on June 12, 2015
The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill
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Winston Churchill - quotes and more

Anyone who has heard Churchill's speeches from the war on television or film knows that he was a wonderful orator. He was the person who inspired the beleaguered British nation to keep their heads and believe in victory throughout the drama of the Second World War.

A fascinating life

In addition to his most memorable and pithy quotes, this book also gives a potted biography. This reveals so much more about the leader that many people simply don't know.

The wartime prime minister

This is what most people would say if they were asked to explain who Churchill was but the biographical section of the book goes some way towards explaining his wit and his wisdom. You can see just couple of examples from the book below.

Perfect for the 'smallest room'

I know that there are some people who don't approve of bathroom reading but I was brought up to see it as perfectly normal. (My dad taught himself German from a series of phrase books whilst communing with nature.) Therefore I tend to appreciate a sanctuary where a little light reading has been provided and this book is perfect for that purpose. (Although what Sir Winston would have to say about that is another matter - it would certainly be a wonderful quote).

Motivational, thought-provoking ... and funny

Sir Winston had strong opinions about everything and he never hesitated to voice them, be it in public or in private.

What comes across in this book is that he was more than just a great statesman - he was also an ordinary human being with the ability to amuse, charm, motivate - and insult - with wit and wisdom.

This book is highly recommended.

Further reading

See more from Winston Churchill

Churchill: The Power of Words
Churchill: The Power of Words

This is fabulous book. It is written by Churchill's official biographer and tells the life story of the one-time prime minister interspersed with writings from the man himself.His eloquence was not a happy accident.

Churchill understood the power of the language and how to use it for its best effect. Highly recommended.


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Jenny Jerome, later the mother of Winston Churchill.
Jenny Jerome, later the mother of Winston Churchill. | Source

Learn more about Winston Churchill

Former prime minister Winston Churchill died in 1965, so therefore many of us can't remember him. We all know that he was Britain's leader through the Second World War, but what is known about his life?

Born in the reign of Queen Victoria, he was brought up in a wealthy family. Bear in mind that ironically, as symbol of 'Britishness' Churchill had an American mother. Jenny Jerome, to use her maiden name, is shown in the photograph on the right.

He became a journalist and also a heroic soldier when still a young man.

Find out more from the video below.


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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Elsie Hagley: That's very true. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice - one of my all time famous person, there are not many in the world who haven't heard that name, young or old. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Brite-Ideas: The more you read, the more fascinating he becomes - odd but true.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Nancy Hardin: He definitely was. The war could have had a very different outcome without him.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @meggingmad: Love that! It's in the book :) Another great one is when a lady accused him of being drunk and he said 'Yes, and you're ugly, but I'll be sober in the morning'.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I haven't studied much about Winston Churchill - of course I've seen his famous quotes - I've wondered a little about what he was like during wartime as well - I'll have to make an effort to become a bit more educated on the man

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Fun and fabulous. Churchill has always been one of my favorite people of history. His example and his words uplifted the English people at a time when they could have become hopelessly exhausted. I think he was a great man, the right man for that time.

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      meggingmad 4 years ago

      My fav....Nancy Astor to W.C. "Sir! If you were my husband, I would put poison in your drink." Churchill to N.A. "Madam! If you were my wife, I would drink it!"