Winston Churchill, Stutterer

Churchill's speeches kept Britain alive for the 12 months when it stood alone against Hitler after the fall of France. Where did the force of his speaking come from?  Harold Begbie had the answer in 1921:

Begbie, Harold The Mirrors of Downing Street pp. 105, 106 (1921)

Begbie did not know that 20 years after he wrote this analysis the world would be immensely grateful that Churchill had developed the strength to defeat even the toughest of enemies.


 Abrams, Mason M The Persuasion of Winston S. Churchill from 1933 to 1941, (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  p. 17 (1941)

Adamic, Louis Dinner at the White House (Harper & Brothers, New York) (1946) pp. 29, 30, 32

Alber, Louis J. and Charles J. Rolo, Kansas City Star, February 6, 1941


Alber, Louis J. American Mercury, Vol 55, p. 173, 174    (1942)


Australia, Government of, Dept of Foreign Affairs, Current Notes on International Affairs  p. 249 (1937)


Bender, James Frederick How to Talk Well  p. vii (1949)

Bestor, Arthur Eugene et al. Three Presidents and their books  (1955)

Best, Geoffrey Study in Greatness

Broad, Charles Lewis Winston Churchill, a Biography p. 28

Chaplin, E.D.W. Winston Churchill and Harrow (1941)

Cornish, Blanche Warre  Memorials of Robert Hugh Benson  p. 85  (1915)

Crocker, Lionel Rhetorical Analysis of Speeches p. 30 (1967)

Dennison, William D The Correction of Stammering p. 8 (1941)

Elson, E. Fl oyd, Alberta Peck Oratory p. 321 (1957)

Fishman, Jack My Darling Clementine p. 226 (1963 and 1966)




Hunt, E.M.  Social Education: Volume 5   (1941)


Karr, Harrison M., Your Speaking Voice, p. 21 (1946)

Knickerbocker, H.R.  Is Tomorrow Hitler's?  200 Questions on the Battle of Mankind p. 172 (1941)


Kraus, Rene, Winston Churchill: a biography  (1941)


Leslie, Shane The End of a Chapter p. 89 (1916)


Mackenzie, Sir Compton Mr Roosevelt, (1944)




Moran, Baron Charles McMoran Wilson Churchill; the struggle for survival, 1940-1965  (1966)

Manning, Paul and Milton Bronner Mr England:The Life Story of Winston Churchill p. 48, 59  (1942)

Moir, Phyllis, I Was Winston Churchill’s Private Secretary,   pp. 103, 147, 148 (1941 )

Morgan, Ted
Churchill-Young Man in a Hurry 1874-1915, Simon & Schuster, p. 182 (1982)

Nasmith, George Gallie On the fringe of the great fight  (1917)

National Broadcasting Company These Four Men p. 10 (1941)

Nationale Front des Demokratischen Deutschland (East Germany)  Brown Book (1965)

New York Times Company Churchill (1965)

Queen's Quarterly Vol. 52 (Kingston, Ont, 1945)







Roberts,Carl Eric Bechhofer Winston Churchill pp. 27, 85 (1927, 1928)

Rowse, Alfred Leslie, The Later Churchills, p.  354 (1958)


Schwarz, Hans-Peter, Konrad Adenauer, p 640

Snowden, Philip An Autobiography Vol 1 p. 129 (1934)

Steele, E.D. The United States addresses of Winston Churchill 1952)

Taylor, Robert Lewis Winston Churchill: An Informal Study of Greatness, Doubleday  p. 216, 229 (1952)

The English are like that   (1941)

The English Review, Vol 22 (1916)

Wallace, De Witt, Readers Digest Vol 38 (1941)

This site was set up (thanks to Google Books)  to make available an instantly accessible strong body of evidence that Churchill stuttered.  Any comments, questions or additions please to Keith Sharp (ex-stutterer in awe of  the achievements of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill,  November 30, 1874  January 24, 1965).

November 30, 2012