STEP BY STEP
[First English Edition SIGNED and Inscribed to Sarah Churchill "From Papa"]
Winston S. Churchill
First English Edition
(Cohen A111.1.a) (Woods A45a)
Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]
8vo (365 pages, 2 maps, one folding, at rear)
Hardcover (without Dust Jacket) [Green cloth]
Churchill at Chartwell
STEP BY STEP
A chilling anthology of Churchill's prescient newspaper pieces for the Evening Standard and Daily Telegraph about the rising Nazi threat, commencing in 1936 with Hitler's reoccupation of the Rhineland, through the final months before the declaration of war in 1939.
SARAH CHURCHILL (1914-1982) was the second daughter of Winston and Clementine Churchill, named after Sir Winston's ancestor, the notorious Sarah, First Duchess of Marlborough. She pursued a career as an actress and dancer that brought her some measure of success and acclaim (including an appearance dancing and singing with Fred Astaire, as the costar of "Royal Wedding" in 1951), yet tussled rebelliously with her parents over her choices, particularly in husbands (twice). During World War II, after joining the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and serving actively in photo reconnaissance for Operation Torch, the 1942 invasion of North Africa, Sarah Churchill accompanied her father often on his wartime journeys, including, most auspiciously, to the Teheran conference in 1943. Her wartime experiences in his company lend this particular inscribed volume a special poignancy.