Justin D. Lyons

Justin D. Lyons is an associate professor of political science at Ashland University. Professor Lyons has published widely on the life and legacy of Winston Churchill.

Title-Deed of Liberty: Winston Churchill on Magna Carta


This year marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, an important landmark in the development of the English common law. His consent dramatically extorted by defiant barons at Runnymede in June of 1215, King John agreed to limits on the power of the crown.

The spectacle of a proud king bending before the will of his subjects fired the imagination of one the greatest guardians of freedom: Sir Winston S. Churchill. Churchill frequently pointed to Magna Carta as the foundation of the British liberties he strove so mightily to defend. Indeed, the medieval charter retained a remarkable inspirational immediacy for Churchill, who was inclined to trace clear lines of descent through the congested and meandering corridors of history.

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The Wisdom to Secure Political Liberty


“Circumstances change but wisdom does not, and it teaches by example”—that thought forms the foundation of this valuable book by Will Morrisey, professor of politics and William and Patricia LaMothe Chair in the United States Constitution at Hillsdale College. Morrisey’s book is aimed at those “who want to learn the art of statesmanship” and pursues its lessons through examination of the thought and action of “two of its most accomplished practitioners.” The pairing of Churchill and de Gaulle is natural and important both because of the parallels between their labors and the thoughtfulness with which they undertook them. Statesmanship consists in…

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The Hope of Churchill

The Last Lion

The final volume of William Manchester’s biography of Winston Churchill has been eagerly awaited for more than two decades. The first two volumes of The Last Lion triptych, subtitled Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 and Alone, 1932-1940, did much to kindle admiration for Churchill in the United States. Unfortunately, although he had assembled notes for the third volume, Defender of the Realm 1940-1965, Manchester’s failing health prevented him from writing it. Paul Reid, a former reporter for the Palm Beach Post, courageously accepted the baton passed to him by Manchester’s gifted but faltering hand. “This work is a biography, not a history,”…

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