Magazine December 29, 2008, Issue

Never Give In

DECEMBER 26, 1941: Winston Churchill becomes the first British prime minister to address a joint session of Congress. Speaking just weeks after America’s entry into WWII, Churchill warned of a long and hard struggle against the Axis powers, and vowed that Britain and America woulld fight together, “side by side in majesty, in justice, and in peace.”

The British media now and again run polls to ask who are the greatest Englishmen of all time, and Winston Churchill invariably comes out on top, ahead of Shakespeare, Newton, and Darwin. His image, complete with homburg hat and bow tie, cigar and two fingers raised in his trademark V for Victory salute, is still within living memory, but the man has achieved almost mythical stature. Churchillian is the adjective commonly applied to anyone in public life making a spirited defense of democracy and freedom. 

Born in 1874 into one of the grandest aristocratic families, he seems to have been very

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Never Give In

The British media now and again run polls to ask who are the greatest Englishmen of all time, and Winston Churchill invariably comes out on top.
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