London: Cassell, 1948. First edition. Finely bound in three-quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt to spine, plain endpapers. A Fine copy. Internally complete and unmarked.
"On March 6, 1946, the presence of Winston Churchill and President Harry Truman turned a college gymnasium in a small Midwestern town into a world state, as Churchill delivered his most famous post-WWII address The Sinews of Peace...Although recently defeated in an election, Churchill remained a colossus on the world stage. He toured Europe, speaking to vast and adoring crowds" (National Churchill Museum). It was a complex moment, documented in the present volume. "Denouncing the two great dangers of 'war and tyranny,' Churchill praised the United States, with which the British Commonwealth and Empire had a 'special relationship' as standing 'at the pinnacle of world power"; and he further "denounced Russian attempts to extend Communist influence as alarming and destabilizing" for a world just ending its second global conflict (Bennett). Fine (Item #4889)