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In the Balance
London: Cassell and Company Ltd., 1951. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This is the British first edition of the third of Churchill's five postwar speech volumes. In the Balance includes 58 speeches and broadcasts delivered between 26 January 1949 and 14 December 1950. It was published on 18 October 1951, just a week before the Conservatives won the General Election, returning Churchill to Downing Street on 26 October 1951 at the age of 77. Befitting a Leader of the Opposition, Churchill's speeches address a wide range of domestic and foreign issues, including devaluation of the British Pound, the General Election of February 1950, the Korean War, and establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. By this time, the political experience that underpinned Churchill's postwar oratory was unrivaled. Member of Parliament for half a century, Churchill was beginning his sixth consecutive decade serving in a British Cabinet. Perhaps nothing better speaks to Churchill's truly singular experience than his 31 March 1949 speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (at pages 40-51), where he gave a tour de force survey of the period 1900-1945 that is - characteristic of Churchill - both incisive and lyrical: "In 1900 a sense of moving hopefully forward to brighter, broader, easier days predominated. Little did we guess that what has been called the Century of the Common Man would witness as its outstanding feature more common men killing each other with greater facilities than any other five centuries put together in the history of the world... but it is not in the power of material forces in any period... to alter the main elements in human nature or restrict the infinite variety of forms in which the soul and genius of the human race can and will express itself." This British first edition, only printing, is very good in a very good plus dust jacket. The dust jacket is notable for excellent spine presentation, with only trivial wear at the spine ends and corners. The front flap is neatly price-clipped and the rear face lightly soiled and spotted, mostly at the rear flap fold. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. The dark blue cloth binding is square, clean, and tight with small corner bumps. The contents show no previous ownership marks and are slightly age-toned, with incidental spotting confined to the page edges. Bibliographic Reference: Cohen A255.1, Woods/ICS A130(a), Langworth p.301
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