Toying with Churchill

Toying with Churchill

The Roar of the Lion: The Untold Story of Churchill’s World War II Speeches

by Richard Toye

Oxford University Press, $47.95 hb, 320 pp, 9780199642526

Robin Prior

Robin Prior

Robin Prior was born in rural South Australia. He studied at the University of Adelaide, completing a doctorate in 1979. He was an ARC

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In his introduction to this book, Richard Toye makes the startling but, as far as I know, accurate claim that this is the first book to offer a comprehensive analysis of Churchill’s wartime speeches. For a series of orations that now occupy many pages of any dictionary of quotations, The Roar of the Lion fills a surprising gap. Unfortunately, it does not fill it adequately.

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Published in March 2014 no. 359

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