CHURCHILL THE PLAGIARIST
AND ALSO THE USER OF GHOSTWRITERS
In light of his alcoholism,
his high positions, his journalism, and his record of academic mediocrity (at best), one has got to wonder how this
puffed-up “literary giant” was able to muster the time and discipline necessary to author so many books. Well,
you see, the “prolific” multi-millionaire writer not only has the help of “literary assistants”, (ghostwriters)
but he is also a plagiarist!
A young historian Maurice Ashley contributes heavily to Churchill’s 1937 ‘A History
of the English-Speaking Peoples’. Years later, another historian named William Deakin pens an
enormous amount of material for Churchill, including most of the text of his “widely acclaimed” series on World
War II. The military narratives are supplied by a retired general, Sir Henry Pownall.
By the 1950’s, an aging and alcohol-addled Churchill is relying upon an entire
team of writers to do much more than just research, contribute, and edit, but really take over his work.
The multi-million pound one-man literary enterprise that was Winston Churchill was not
a one man show after all. -- Ashley, Deakin and Pownall.
In addition to his reliance upon ghostwriting historians, the imitation
intellectual also engaged in gross plagiarism. British historian Max Hastings, writing in The Telegraph,
November 2, 2004, informs us:
“Pownall, ironically enough, had often confided
to his own wartime diary rage and frustration about Churchill's intemperate interferences in military operations. Now, for
a salary of £1,000 a year, along with a less influential naval counterpart, he played a key role in the fortification
of the Churchill legend.
Churchill skillfully injected into the narrative just
sufficient rolling phrases in his own inimitable style to put a personal stamp upon the published version. The opinions and
judgments expressed were, of course, entirely his own. But, from the delivery of the first volume onwards, some critics,
including Life magazine which had paid vast sums for serial rights, expressed misgivings about countless pages of contemporary
documents rendered verbatim in the text, to make up the weight.
the time of the third volume, Life's Henry Luce was growling: "The old boy is chiseling on us. If he were younger,
we'd kick him in the shins." Churchill narrowly averted litigation for plagiarism from Samuel Morison, an American
naval historian whose narrative of the Pacific sea battles was recycled in the former Prime Minister's volumes.” (7)