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A Booth Library faculty member with a lifelong love of history recently published his first book, which examines a little-known period in the life of influential world leader Winston Churchill.
Bradley P. Tolppanen of Charleston, head of circulation services at the library, said he has always had an interest in Churchill, and when he read that Churchill had taken a three-month trip to Canada and the United States in 1929 - before his stint as the powerful prime minister of Britain during the 1940s and 1950s - he was inspired to learn more.
"Other published works on Churchill mention his 1929 visit only briefly," Tolppanen said. "I thought it was worth further study."
Tolppanen spent four years researching and writing his recently published book, Churchill in North America, 1929: A Three Month Tour of Canada and the United States.
At this point in his political career, Churchill already had served in parliament and as minister of war and colonial secretary under British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, as well as chancellor of the exchequer. But with the defeat of the Conservative Party in 1929, Churchill was out of government. It was at this time that he chose to take an extended visit to North America with his son, brother and nephew.
Churchill and his entourage traveled westward through Canada to California, and then eastward across the U.S. to New York City, taking time for a short visit with U.S. President Herbert Hoover. The group traveled mostly by private rail car, and Churchill accepted few requests for speaking engagements, preferring to keep this trip for leisure.
"Churchill was a great traveler," Tolppanen said. "He came to the U.S. a number of times, but this was his longest trip."
Churchill in North America takes an in-depth look at this visit, detailing the various stops he made along the way, the influential friends who hosted him and his impressions of Canada and America, taken from his own writings.
Tolppanen gathered many interesting facts, anecdotes and photos for the book by researching through library materials, archival documents, electronic databases and personal visits to sites that included Chicago and his native city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Tolppanen said he was fascinated to learn that Churchill became interested and invested in the U.S. stock market during his visit.
"He saw lots of opportunities over here to make a fortune," he said. "He plunged right in to the stock market" and was still visiting New York City during the crash in late October 1929, when he suffered heavy financial losses.
Churchill in North America, 1929: A Three Month Tour of Canada and the United States is available for purchase at Amazon.com. It also is in the Booth Library collection.
Tolppanen serves as professor of library services and history bibliographer at Booth Library, where he has worked since 1999. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and political science from the University of Calgary; a master of arts in history from the University of New Brunswick; and a master of library and information studies from the University of Alberta.
He and his wife, Lori, reside in Charleston with their two children.
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