Post War Speeches - The Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In The Balance, Stemming The Tide, The Unwritten Alliance - Sir Winston Spencer Churchill, Randolph S. Churchill (editor) 1948 to 1961 - Cassell and Company Ltd., London - First Editions With no later editions printed, and wrapped in delicate black dust jackets, prone to damage, this is a scarce complete set of the five volume first editions, without price-clipping and in exceptionally clean dust jackets, including Stemming The Tide in the first state dust jacket. Housed in a custom made slipcase.

After leading Britain to victory against the forces of Hitler, Churchill continued his involvement in public life-holding the positions of Prime Minister and Minister of Defence from 1951 until 1955. During this time, and after his departure from political life, Churchill retained a marked amount of influence on the global stage.

Although he remained in power after the war, this time was bittersweet for Churchill-who was acutely aware of the decline of the British Empire's global power. Churchill's speeches during that time give a poignant account of his state of mind and observations in the twilight of his career.
  The Sinews of Peace
The Sinews of Peace is the lesser-known alternate title of the "Iron Curtain Speech" delivered at Westminster College in 1946-where Churchill championed the idea of a "fraternal association" between people of the English-speaking world to preserve the spirit of military and political co-operation forged during the war. President Truman had been present at that speech, and some believed Churchill was suggesting a formal alliance.

This collection contains the first and perhaps most significant of Churchill's speeches delivered immediately after the war. Within them, it's easy to see the common theme of European unity and co-operation Churchill is proposing-including a partnership between Germany and France. Europe did grow toward a more unified whole - a result perhaps influenced in no small amount by the words contained within these pages

Europe Unite
Winston Churchill's political career did not end with the conclusion of World War II. While his career would never reach the heights it did during the war, he held on to political influence for some time. And from 1945 to 1951, he was Leader of the Opposition-the minority party in the English government.

While some saw this new position as an unfortunate demotion for a once great political leader, in truth, he embraced it with his characteristic panache-clearly shown in this collection of fifty-two of his speeches and broadcasts delivered during this time, when Churchill worked to preserve Britain's influence in the world even as its Imperial history was coming to a close. While not as powerful as he once was, Churchill's oratory still rings-and his wit still shines.

In The Balance
After guiding his country with a sure and confident hand through the darkest times of World War II, Winston Churchill was defeated in the General Election of 1945-once again becoming Prime Minister in 1951. This collection features Churchill's speeches, addresses, and other public communications in his period between terms, in which Churchill's speaking engagements took him far and wide-including to Brussels, Strasbourg, Boston, Copenhagen, and New York.

Major events during this period of history include the beginning of the Korean War, the devaluation of the British Pound Sterling, the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and the United States' rearmament program. Through these turbulent times, Churchill preached unity among European nations and English-speaking peoples world-wide.

Stemming The Tide
This collection of speeches cover the period from 1951 to 1952, when Churchill once again stepped into the role of Prime Minister after his defeat in the General Election of 1945. During his first premiership, Churchill had been a renowned wartime leader. In his second, Churchill's clear priority was the preservation of peace.

These speeches demonstrate a commitment to this path. Churchill tried heroically to negotiate a settlement with Russia during this time, but he was ultimately unable to prevent the conditions that would later give rise to the Cold War. He also held deep regrets over Britain's failure to prevent violence and death in India during the transition of power and Britain's withdrawal in the region. These speeches demonstrate perhaps a more introspective Churchill, but one as fiery, brilliant, and human as he was during his wartime years

The Unwritten Alliance
The rarest of his post-war speech compilations, The Unwritten Alliance was the last of Churchill's books published during his lifetime. Most of these speeches took place during the end of his second Premiership-when the illustrious politician and statesman was in his eighties.

Churchill had experienced several strokes by this time, and his health was failing. However, these speeches show that his mind was still clear-and he was still a master of speech craft. This collection contains his addresses at banquets, award ceremonies, and to the Primrose League-where he had given his first political speech many decades before, in 1897. These speeches demonstrate Churchill's mental vigour even in his declining years, filled as much with awards and accolades as with continued personal challenge.

References: Cohen,
Bibliography of the Writings of Sir Winston Churchill A241.1, A246.1, A255.1, A264.1, A273. Woods, Bibliography of the Works of Sir Winston Churchill A124a, A128a, A130a, A137a, A142. Langworth, A Connoisseur’s Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill 184, 296, 301, 309, 338.

Five volumes pp. vii [1] [2 Contents] [2] 9-256; ix [3] 506 [2]; [2] x 456; [2] x 379 [1]; xi [1] 332.

Copies printed:
The Sinews of Peace - 10,000. Europe Unite - 12,500. In The Balance - 8,200. The Unwritten Alliance - 5,000. Stemming The Tide - 5,500 printed (Cassell bound approximately half in 1953, and in 1961 the remainder were issued, wrapped in a solid black dust jacket lacking the first state's decorated leaf maroon border at the top and bottom).
  Condition: Near fine, tape ghosting to endpapers, In the Balance with light foxing to foredge, in near fine dust jackets, small amount of rubbing to corners and spine ends, volumes I,III & V with foxing to fold of rear flap.   Ref: 109861   Price: HK$ 15,800