“… Churchill and Fisher turns out to be above all a seething record of human passions and frailties – rivalries, resentments, regrets and reconciliations, all exemplified by the relationship between two towering champions of the human condition. Barry Gough has himself heightened the book’s sense of personal drama by surrounding his central characters with powerful expositions of the state of the world around them – the decades of international rivalries, jealousies, fears and menaces that exploded into the First World War. Churchill and Fisher played their own parts in that overture, but it was far, far wider in its dramas than Whitehall…” Review by Jan Morris, author of Fisher’s Face
Dr. Barry Gough is one of Canada’s premier historians and biographers. His insightful research and lucid writing spanning five decades have earned him high distinction. Among his awards are the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing, the Canadian Historical Association’s Clio Prize, the British Maritime Foundation’s Mountbatten Award, the Washington Historical Society’s Robert Gray Medal, and the Alcala Galiano Medal. Most recently, he was awarded the 2022 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing for his latest book, Possessing Meares Island. He is a Fellow of the Society for the History of Discoveries.
Dr. Gough presented this talk at the RUSI-VI luncheon on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.