Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman

Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman

by James C. Humes


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James C. Humes reveals Winston Churchill's astonishingly accurate predictions, from foreseeing the start of World War I twenty-five years in advance to predicting the rise of al-Qaeda decades before Osama bin Laden.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621573333
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

James C. Humes is a former White House speech writer for five presidents and a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of 34 books, including Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln ; The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan ; and Churchill: Speaker of the Cenutry. Humes has also served as a Pennsylvania state legislator, worked as a lawyer and was the Director of Policy and Plans at the U.S Department of State. He is currently a historian at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction: Churchill as Prophet 1

Part I World War I

Chapter 1 Prescient as a Schoolboy 15

Chapter 2 Warnings from a Young MP 21

Chapter 3 A Fateful Memorandum 29

Chapter 4 Opposing the Sanguine Majority 35

Part II Modern Military Weapons

Chapter 5 Predicting the Age of Air Power 43

Chapter 6 Churchill Develops the Tank 49

Chapter 7 Foreseeing the Invention of Nuclear Weapons 53

Chapter 8 The Modern Oil Crisis Predicted 61

Part III Domestic Affairs

Chapter 9 A Balance between Capitalism and Socialism 67

Chapter 10 Unmasking Socialism 73

Chapter 11 Postwar Technophobia 79

Part IV The Age of Totalitarian Ideologies

Chapter 12 An Ominous Novel 87

Chapter 13 Misgivings about the Middle East 93

Chapter 14 "It Is Not a Creed; It Is a Pestilence" 99

Chapter 15 A Latter-Day Moses 103

Chapter 16 The Indian Genocide Predicted 107

Part V World War II

Chapter 17 The Nazi Menace 117

Chapter 18 The Nazi-Soviet Pact Stuns the World 135

Chapter 19 Churchill Is Certain of Victory 145

Chapter 20 A Rare Miss 151

Chapter 21 Dreams of Defeat 161

Part VI The Cold War

Chapter 22 The Iron Curtain Warning 173

Chapter 23 Bloodshed Averted 185

Chapter 24 The "United States of Europe" 191

Chapter 25 The End of the Cold War 199

Chapter 26 "Parley at the Summit" 203

Chapter 27 Vindicated Misgivings 209

Chapter 28 Summing Up 215

Acknowledgments 219

Notes 221

Index 225

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Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Churchill was probably the greatest British statesman of the 20th century. He was also an astute student of history and was able to make some fascinating predictions based on the past. The author has done a superb job in revealing some of Churchill's prophacies in light of the time he made them. A few never panned out, but such events as the dictator who would lead Germany into a terrible war - and all of Europe with him, the invention of the atom bomb, even the need of a United States of Europe he predicted with astonishing accuracy! This book is one which granbs your attention and keeps it until the very last page. Very highly recommended!!
TipONeill More than 1 year ago
Humes has discovered yet another facet of Churchill’s brilliance. His unique talent for understanding the past to predict the future is much needed and sorely missing in today’s leaders. Humes has created a must read playbook for anyone considering a life in public service
Anonymous More than 1 year ago