Richard M. Langworth

Richard M. Langworth is Senior Fellow at the Hillsdale College Churchill Project. His latest book is Winston Churchill, Myth and Reality: What He Actually Did and Said.

The Churchill Marriage and Lady Castlerosse


It’s all over the Internet, so it must be true. Not only did Winston Churchill oppose women’s rights, gas tribesmen, starve Indians, firebomb Dresden, nurse anti-Semitism and wish to nuke Moscow. He even cheated on his wife in a four-year affair with Doris Delevingne, Viscountess Castlerosse. So declare the authors of “Sir John Colville, Churchillian […]

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‘Darkest Hour’: What to Read if You Loved the Movie


D arkest Hour, Joe Wright’s recent film, vividly describes the closing days of May 1940, when Adolf Hitler’s blitzkrieg swept over western Europe. In Britain, despite overwhelming odds, Winston Churchill convinced his country to fight on. It is an excellent film — both historically accurate and dramatically taut. And Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Churchill far exceeds […]

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Churchill on Britain and Europe: A Pillar or a Buttress?


We should not construe, from anything Churchill did in his time, how he would react to today’s issues. But the temptation for conjecture was irresistible in the debate surrounding Britain’s 2016 decision to leave the European Union (“Brexit”). Proponents of both the “Leave” and “Remain” campaigns repeatedly alluded to Churchill’s statements, particularly in the early […]

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75 Years Ago: Churchill and the Fall of Singapore


“There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away… people can face peril or misfortune with fortitude and buoyancy, but they bitterly resent being deceived or finding that those responsible for their affairs are themselves dwelling in a fool’s paradise.”  —Winston S. Churchill, 1950 On […]

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We’re All in the Same Boat — Still


Seventy-five years ago today, Winston Churchill was pondering survival. Hitler gripped Europe from France to deep inside Russia. Nazi U-boats were strangling British shipping; Rommel’s Afrika Korps was advancing on Suez. Britain’s only ally, the Red Army, was fighting before Moscow. America remained supportive… and aloof. Eighteen months earlier he had become prime minister, because […]

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Hollande’s Churchill Moment


“The news from France is very bad and I grieve for the gallant French people who have fallen into this terrible misfortune. Nothing will alter our feelings towards them or our faith that the genius of France will rise again.”—Winston S. Churchill, 4 June 1940 With every murderous threat to civilization we are asked: “Where […]

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Churchill’s Enduring Legacy


Jacqueline Kennedy offered a touching and durable vision of the White House ceremony on April 9, 1963, when President Kennedy bestowed honorary U.S. citizenship on Sir Winston Churchill. Aged 88, Churchill was represented by his son, Randolph, who was a bundle of nerves. In the Oval Office beforehand, the first lady recalled, Randolph was ashen, […]

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