Sunday, June 3, 2012

thoughts on: Our Supreme Task

Our Supreme Task: How Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech Defined the Cold War AllianceOur Supreme Task: How Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech Defined the Cold War Alliance by Philip  White

How did one of the most important speeches of Churchill's career come to be delivered at a small college in Missouri?  Philip White answers this, and shows us the people involved in this landmark event.  In doing so, Our Supreme Task is part history, part human interest story, as he alternates between Winston Churchill's search for a platform to warn the world of the coming perils of Stalinist Russian expansion, and the bold president of Fulton College who invited the world's most preeminent statesman to speak at his school.

Following the political defeat that stunned many, Churchill continued to look for ways to alert the world to the inherit threat to democracy he saw in communist totalitarianism.  Much like his early years of speaking out against the rise of Hitler, his was a voice that refused to be silenced.  Here we see Churchill as he works to unite England and America on a diplomatic course to stand firm in their opposition to Russia, which was already annexing neighboring nations and forcibly installing puppet governments.  To a war weary world, his words were not welcome, but they came to both define the cold war and to influence foreign policy for decades to come.

1 comment:

Missus Wookie said...

I think we forget as it is just too horrible to keep in our memories - PTSD culturally in a way. Thanks for this recommendation I might see if Ewok wants to read it - WC is a favourite of his.