Book Discussion on Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat

Historian John Lukacs talked about his book, Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: The Dire Warning - Churchill’s First Speech as Prime… read more

Historian John Lukacs talked about his book, Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: The Dire Warning - Churchill’s First Speech as Prime Minister, published by Basic Books. Mr. Lucas spoke about why he chose to write about this particular speech and emphasized that Churchill was not a great speaker but rather was “a man of the written word.” Following his remarks, he responded to questions from the audience.

Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat recounts Winston Churchill’s first speech as Prime Minister to the House of Commons on May 13, 1940. Delivered three days after Germany had invaded Holland, France, and Belgium, Mr. Lukacs relays that Churchill initially lacked support from his own Conservative Party. 

John Lukacs has authored over twenty books on European history, including Five Days in London and The Last European War. He is currently an emeritus history professor at Chestnut Hill College. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Jul 12, 2008
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