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Philip White

Author of Whistle Stop and Churchill's Cold War

Philip White is the author of Churchill's Cold War, and Whistle Stop: How 31,000 Miles of Train Travel, 352 Speeches, and a Little Midwest Gumption Saved the Presidency of Harry Truman. He is a writer and a guest lecturer at MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kansas City, USA), and a regular contributor Canoe & Kayak and You can follow Philip on Twitter.

Robert Harris Caps Cicero Trilogy With Astonishing Dictator

For those unfamiliar with the first two volumes, <em>Imperium </em>and <em>Conspirata</em>, Harris's three-parter tells the story of the great Roman advocate and orator Cicero, whose speaking skills were so convincing that he became only the second man who was neither a military commander or nobleman to win the consulship.
09/11/2015 15:05 GMT

A Political Apprenticeship: What Winston Churchill Taught Harry Truman

The two men couldn't have been more different. One was born in a magnificent palace, the other in a humble farmhouse. One had been in politics for 40 years, the other was a relative newcomer. One was lauded as his country's greatest Prime Minister. The other was derided as an accidental President...
09/12/2014 10:29 GMT

Iron Man in Winter: How Alben Barkley Helped Harry Truman Win the 1948 Election

The scrappy old duo of Truman and Barkley outworked and out-punched their younger, meeker Republican opponents across the country, toiling right up until Election Day, even as their opponents rested up. The results? Truman stayed in the White House and the Democrats kicked out the "do nothing" Congress. So maybe the VP choice isn't (always) just an afterthought, at least not when they're made of iron. 2016 election hopefuls take note.
21/11/2014 09:49 GMT

Big Wave Surfer Dave Kalama, CrossFit Athletes, Walkers Sweat for Cystic Fibrosis

When siblings Audrey and Jack DuCharme are healthy, they need a breathing treatment each day. Then there's the multiple inhaled medications, the doctors' checkups, and the fear that if they get a cold - which most of us would dismiss as a sniffle - it could put them in hospital, or at least require four daily treatments.
30/05/2014 15:35 BST

Tell It Like It Is, Dave: Cameron Calls Out the EU on Bureaucracy

While David Cameron may not have reached the heights of Churchillian rhetoric this week, he should be applauded for telling the Artist Formerly Known as Frau Nein and her cronies that Britain will not be pushed around by the Brussels pen-pushing elites any longer.
27/01/2014 12:00 GMT

Matthew McConaughey Washes Off Romantic Comedy Dirt in 'Mud'

In a way, this is a movie about searching: Mud is searching for his girl, Juniper, and an escape route. Ellis is searching for a model of a functional relationship that the troubled twosome can never live up to. Ellis's real father is searching for a way to connect with his son. It's also a meditation on fatherhood and how hard it can be for dads and sons to communicate.
05/06/2013 16:31 BST

The Winston Churchill Fiver, David Downing and the Berlin Blockade

I was delighted to read last week's news that from 2016, Winston Churchill will be the new face of the fiver (five pound note, about $7.50, if you're reading this in the US). Now, my reaction isn't surprising, given that I wrote a book about Sir Winston. But it goes far beyond my appreciation for the man who led Britain through her darkest hour and into her finest.
30/04/2013 14:33 BST