What I Said About the Press, signed by Randolph S. Churchill. Randolph S. Churchill.
What I Said About the Press, signed by Randolph S. Churchill
What I Said About the Press, signed by Randolph S. Churchill
What I Said About the Press, signed by Randolph S. Churchill
What I Said About the Press, signed by Randolph S. Churchill
What I Said About the Press, signed by Randolph S. Churchill

What I Said About the Press, signed by Randolph S. Churchill

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1957. First edition. Hardcover. This is the first edition, signed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper: “Randolph S. Churchill.” Randolph Spencer Churchill (1911-1968), Winston and Clementine’s only son, had Churchillian gifts which he ultimately failed to fully refine and apply.  British historian Andrew Roberts has said: “Aside from his heroically dismal manners, his gambling, arrogance, vicious temper, indiscretions, and aggression,” Randolph “was generous, patriotic, extravagant and amazingly courageous.”  Randolph dwelt in his father’s shadow and often disappointed him.  Nonetheless, “Winston Churchill never let the sun go down upon his wrath, and when Randolph’s idleness ended in lecture tours and races for Parliament, he lent his support, even when his son’s campaigns were politically unhelpful to him. During World War II, when Randolph served with distinction in North Africa and Yugoslavia, Winston entrusted him with sensitive tasks which he performed with skill and discretion… After the war, Churchill willed his invaluable archive to Randolph; and in 1959, he bestowed the ultimate accolade by inviting Randolph to be his official biographer.” (Richard Langworth) Perhaps symbolically, Randolph completed only the first two volumes before he died in 1968. What I Said About the Press is largely devoted to Randolph’s 1956 libel suit against Odhams Press for alleged libel contained in an issue of The People. A review printed on the rear cover sums up Randolph’s character, saying, “Mr. Churchill’s vigorous delight in public controversy has won him a place of his own in contemporary political journalism. Few in high places have not been the victims of his wrath and wit, but his most notable polemics have been reserved for those newspapers and their proprietors whose journalistic standards he has found wanting.” This volume is only in fair condition, owing to a missing backstrip. Nevertheless, the binding remains tight and sound. The covers are soiled with bumped corners and tape stains on the covers adjacent to the spine. The contents are clean with no spotting, no previous ownership marks apart from Randolph’s signature, and only light transfer browning on the endpapers. Item #004583

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