WATCH “BILLIONS”‘ TED NEUSTADT READ “CHURCHILL 1874-1922,” BY THE EARL OF BIRKENHEAD
BOOK #7 IN OUR '40TH READINGS AT CHARTWELL BOOKSELLERS' VIDEO SERIES
Published in 1989, CHURCHILL 1874-1922, was written by Winston Churchill’s godson, the Earl of Birkenhead; son of Churchill’s close friend, F.E. Smith, the first Lord Birkenhead. The book is an excellent beginning to what was intended as a multi-volume Churchill biography. The author’s premature death unfortunately rendered this the only volume published; completed, in fact, by the author’s son and by Churchill’s former-Private Secretary, Sir John Coville. It is eminently worthy of rediscovery nonetheless.
FREDERICK WINSTON FURNEAUX SMITH, 2ND EARL OF BIRKENHEAD (1907-1975), was a highly regarded political biographer, who served alongside Churchill’s son Randolph during World War II on top-secret espionage missions for the Foreign Office’s Political Warfare Executive. His father and Winston Churchill became close friends in the wake of Churchill’s crossing of the aisle to join the Liberal Party in 1903, despite Smith being a staunch Conservative. Clementine Churchill believed the wasp-tongued former-barrister to be a bad influence on her husband, as a drinker and as a gambler. He was, however, in every sense, Winston Churchill’s equal.
TED NEUSTADT is a New York actor (and retired law professor) who played ‘Harry Bingham,’ proprietor of Chartwell Booksellers, on the television series BILLIONS: Season 2/Episode 3, shot in part here at the store, which first aired in 2017.
40th READINGS AT CHARTWELL BOOKSELLERS
toasts the best 40 books about Winston Churchill published during our forty year existence. We launched the series on April 11 with actor JOHN LITHGOW reading
THE LAST LION. You can watch that reading: HERE.