Great Contemporaries - Winston S. ChurchillW. W. Norton & Co., 1991, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a couple of very small nicks to the foot of the upper panel. A nice copy overall.
First U. S. Edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles;
From the cover: “Few people have been privileged to meet, at such an early age, as many famous men as did Winston Churchill. These twenty-five biographical essays are the result of constant — even day-today — contact with the most influential leaders and celebrities of the day, including George Bernard Shaw, Hindenberg, Lawrence of Arabia, Hitler, Trotsky, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Clemenceau, among others.
Of Charles Stewart Parnell, the great Irish statesman undone by scandal, he writes: “He never faltered. He dedicated himself to a single goal, the goal of Ireland a nation, and he pursued it unswervingly until a rose thrown across his path opened a new world, the world of love”. Of the ex-Kaiser William II, he writes: “All he wished was to feel like Napoleon and be like him, without having had to fight his battles… If you are the summit of a volcano, the least you can do is smoke”.
Many of the figures so tellingly rendered in these sketches are revered by the author, representing the ethics and attitudes he holds in highest esteem. But it is when Churchill voices a reservation about the policies or character of one of his contemporaries that the reader sees most clearly into the soul of the age, and into the mind of the author himself just before he moves onto the centre stage of world history.”