from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Beaverbrook, First Baron. Originally William Maxwell Aitken. 1879-1964. Canadian-born British publisher, financier, and politician. He founded his press empire on the Daily Express (1916) and the Evening Standard (1923), held many cabinet positions during the 1940s, and was a confidant of Winston Churchill.

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  • n. British newspaper publisher and politician (born in Canada); confidant of Winston Churchill (1879-1964)


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  • Rupert Murdoch is one of those newspaper proprietors who loves "collecting" high-profile ex-editors (the old Fleet Street press barons, such as Beaverbrook, did the same).

    Murdoch collects another ex-editor

  • The name "Beaverbrook" had the advantage of conveying a distinctive Canadian ring to the title.


  • He was granted a peerage in 1917 as the 1st Baron Beaverbrook, the name "Beaverbrook" being adopted from a small community near his boyhood home.


  • All have, incidentally, led sheltered lives in Whitehall free from disturbing influences such as Beaverbrook, though not necessarily from Monte Carlo.

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  • The criticism did not induce Beaverbrook and Rothermere to temper their ways, though the latter later bet on the wrong horse with his enthusiastic support for Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists.

    Scandalized Britain ponders press reform

  • In July, Dahl returned to America, where he was free at last from the petty constraints of the embassy and of RAF officialdom, and he revelled in the company of his buccaneering new colleagues, particularly Max Beaverbrook, whom he would later describe as “the most dynamic man in the world,” with “superhuman” intellectual powers.89


  • “He Stephenson was a close friend, a really genuinely close friend of Beaverbrook,” Dahl told Bill Macdonald.


  • His posthumously published memoir included accounts of homosexual adventure during his younger days that sometimes involved the police -- and Beaverbrook as his rescuer.

    Revels and Reverberations

  • Max Beaverbrook: “London Expects More from Talks,” NYT, August 15, 1941.

    Human Smoke

  • CHURCHILL WROTE a memo to Max Beaverbrook, the minister of aircraft production and owner of the Daily Express.

    Human Smoke


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