Sir Martin's Newsletter & Bookclub March 2021
The Statesman and the Biographer
Sir Martin's March Books
In Search of Churchill
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“My own journey began in 1962”
From the Preface, 
In Search of Churchill
25 November 1993

570 words/2 ½ minute read
This book traces some of my travels and discoveries in search of Churchill since 1962.  The process of finding out about any historical character can be a surprising one.  All biographers who embark on the search find themselves caught up in many adventures and are continually amazed by the diverse ways in which they reach their goal of understanding.  In this book I share some of my experiences in the hope that they may be of interest or amusement, and that something further will emerge from them of the character, struggles and achievements of Churchill himself. Continue Reading

  Martin with the owner of Burnt Out Farm, Joël Wgeux, and his son, Ploegsteert, 1970,
where Churchill had made his frontline observation post in 1915.
                     From Esther Gilbert                                                        
 “as a man might woo a maid”

775 words/3 ½ minute read
“You never know what's happening behind the scenes.”  This was Martin's view of how political leaders manage – or not – to get things done.  Negotiations are often delicate and there's a lot of paddling beneath the surface before the ripples are apparent.
In July 2008, Gordon Brown, then Prime Minister, flew to Israel to meet with his counterpart, Ehud Olmert, and to deliver the first speech in the Knesset by a British Prime Minister.  Martin and I were there for that historic occasion.  Continue Reading


Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, 19 February 2007, Jerusalem, photo by Matty Stern
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75th anniversary of the “Iron Curtain Speech”
5 March 1946
Churchill at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri
Martin's intro to the speech
Churchill, Power of Words

In the immediate aftermath of the war, Churchill contemplated with alarm a Europe divided between East and West, by what he called an “Iron Curtain”.  The dominance of the Soviet Union and of Communism in Eastern Europe was his overriding concern in the international sphere.  He expressed his fears and also his hopes, when he spoke, at the request of President Harry S. Truman, at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, on 5 March 1946.  He gave his speech the title “The Sinews of Peace.”

Winston Churchill gives his 'Iron Curtain' speech in Fulton, MO in 1946

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The Jewish Story Explained
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The Story of the Jewish People

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Sir Martin's Web Citings
WEB CITINGS:,, “Mr Churchill, the doctor will see you now, new book reveals wartime PM's medical records ….” by Harry Howard, posted 18 February 2021:
Winston Churchill's Illnesses 1886-1965 by Allister Vale and John Scadding, sets out chapter by chapter each of the injuries, afflictions and accidents which befell Sir Winston.  … His official biographer Martin Gilbert says Churchill discharged himself from medical care, against expert advice.”

(For a talk by both authors, see the link below.)
Read: Churchill, A Life
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Booking is open for the Sir Martin Gilbert Churchill Conversations, presented in partnership with the International Churchill Society and the Churchill Archives Centre. This four-part series offers a chance to learn about lesser-known areas of Churchill's life from prominent authors and scholars in conversation. 
Conversation 1: Churchill's Health

Date: Tuesday, 9 March 2021
Time: 5.00pm GMT
Cost: Free

Dr Allister Vale and Dr John Scadding in discussion about their definitive new book Winston Churchill’s Illnesses
chaired by Dr Adrian Crisp.
Conversation 2: Churchill's Daughters

Date: Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Time: 5.00pm GMT

Cost: Free

Emma Soames, granddaughter of Sir Winston, in conversation with authors Rachel Trethewey and Catherine Katz about the young women who supported their father.
Conversation 3: Churchill's Europe

Date: Tuesday, 9 April 2021
Time: 5.00pm GMT
Cost: Free

Professor Richard Toye and Mr Felix Klos in discussion about a subject that has reverberated throughout the Brexit debate - Churchill's view on Europe.
Conversation 4: Churchill's Dramatic Legacy

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Time: 5.00pm GMT
Cost: Free

Allen Packwood and Lord (Michael) Dobbs discuss Churchill’s legacy on stage and screen, asking how to bring a character like Winston Churchill to life for a new generation.

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