Churchill and the King: The Wartime Alliance of Winston Churchill and George VI

Churchill and the King The Wartime Alliance of Winston Churchill and George VI For fans of The King s Speech the intriguing bond between monarch and prime minister and its crucial role during World War IIThe political and personal relationship between King George VI and Winston

  • Title: Churchill and the King: The Wartime Alliance of Winston Churchill and George VI
  • Author: Kenneth Weisbrode
  • ISBN: 9780670025763
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For fans of The King s Speech, the intriguing bond between monarch and prime minister and its crucial role during World War IIThe political and personal relationship between King George VI and Winston Churchill during World War II is one that has been largely overlooked throughout history, yet the trust and loyalty these men shared helped Britain navigate its perhaps mostFor fans of The King s Speech, the intriguing bond between monarch and prime minister and its crucial role during World War IIThe political and personal relationship between King George VI and Winston Churchill during World War II is one that has been largely overlooked throughout history, yet the trust and loyalty these men shared helped Britain navigate its perhaps most trying time.Despite their vast differences, the two men met weekly and found that their divergent virtues made them a powerful duo The king s shy nature was offset by Churchill s willingness to cast himself as the nation s savior Meanwhile, Churchill s complicated political past was given credibility by the king s embrace and counsel Together as foils, confidants, conspirators, and comrades, the duo guided Britain through war while reinspiring hope in the monarchy, Parliament, and the nation itself.Books about these men as individuals could fill a library, but Kenneth Weisbrode s study of the unique bond between them is the first of its kind.
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    • Checkman says:

      An interesting idea for a book, but it falls flat. Difficult for a historian to write about a relationship between these two men and leaders because they met in private. There is some correspondence and reference to a few well known incidents (the argument about Churchill wanting to observe the Normandy Invasion from the deck of a British warship), but for the most part what Weisbrode has written is a book about what other people thought of Churchill and the King. There is some psycho-analysis ( [...]

    • Mom says:

      I enjoyed this book, although it was sometimes pretty verbose. The author showed a bit of history that I was familiar with from a new perspective, making connections that I hadn't always noticed before. It was interesting to see how the two men grew to respect and admire each other, and how that affected the war effort. As I said, it can get verbose at times. The author sometimes uses some obscure words and overly long descriptions that can get confusing, but it isn't so distracting that you can [...]

    • C Valeri says:

      A very interesting and readable history of the friendship and alliance between two remarkable men, King George VI & Winston Churchill.

    • Susan says:

      It is actually embarrassing how little my knowledge is around World War One and Two. Of course I know the main important events, but the specifics is very limited.This book focuses on the unique relationship between Churchill and King George VI during World War Two. Frankly, I am glad that Edward VIII abdicated because based on what I know about him I am not sure he would have been able to handle the war like his young brother King George VI.Churchill is a fascinating public figure and I am exci [...]

    • Lisa of Hopewell says:

      Weisbrode starts off mentioning the movie "The King's Speech" and that pretty much sets out the tone and depth for the book. In short this is a book about Churchill (surface deep) and about King George VI (surface deep and given that he was not a "deep" man) but it is not a book about any relationship between the two. He works hard to make it seem that way, but the evidence just isn't there. Why? The Sovereign and his/her Prime Minister meet in private. Unless details are shared in their own dia [...]

    • Murakami Akemi says:

      I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Churchill and the King was a fascinating exploration of the relationship between the two men and provided a look at what went on behind the scenes in England during the Second World War. Weisbrode did an excellent job putting this book together.It is a good idea to know about England and the country's history around that time, or you're not going to understand everything the book talks about - I found that out firsthand and end [...]

    • Juliana says:

      Well researched and written,this book takes the reader inside the relationship between two of the most important figures in Britain during World War II. Even though he wanted his friend Lord Halifax to succeed Chamberlain as Prime Minister, King George VI had no choice but to invite Churchill to form a government. Kenneth Weisbrode follows the development of the bond between these two men as they form an alliance that saw Britain successfully through the war.

    • Cassie says:

      A book that criticizesThe King's Speechright off the bat is something I would normally pass on, because that movie is THE GREATEST AND DON'T YOUR FORGET IT! But, alas, the reading challenge awaits so I continued on. I felt the book took too long to actually discuss the relationship between the King and Churchill; in fact, the actual war itself wasn't discussed until the last three chapters. However, there were some interesting tidbits sprinkled throughout for me, but that may be because I'm not [...]

    • Andy Klein says:

      A curious book. While it did have more to do with George VI than most biographies of Churchill during WW II, it was essentially just a bio of Churchill. The book barely touched on what happened during the 200+ meetings between Churchill and the King. And it didn’t really go into any depth as to how either man helped the other. It was a good idea but wasn’t particularly well realized. It was a decent war bio of Churchill, however.

    • Tamula says:

      This book is fairly short and very readable. It can be taken as an introduction to larger biographies of both Churchill and King George VI. The best of it is an understanding of how important both the PM and the monarchy were to the British during World War II and how their friendship played its part in bolstering the confidence and morale of the British people during a very dark time in history.

    • Ray Higgins says:

      This book explores the fact that Winston Churchill was a pivotal player in his role of the British Prime Minister in the years leading up to and during the 1940 World War II blitz of London. George VI was thrust on the English throne upon the abdication of his brother who would not give up Wallis Simpson. Churchill and George VI were from different yet, in some ways, similar backgrounds. Churchill, brash, dynamic, and not always the best decision maker career-wise, and George VI, quiet, respectf [...]

    • Erin says:

      This book provides a good peek into the similarities between Churchill and King George VI that strengthened their partnership during WW2. It touches on the relationship between the two men and shows how get respected and relied on each other while facing the adversities of leading England during the war. I would say that one does need to go into this book with some previous knowledge of England before and during the war in order to get the most out the book. I quite enjoyed the anecdotes that we [...]

    • Mike Gabor says:

      A very short but intersting history of the relationship between Churchill and George VI. At first glance it would seem that the two men would be at odds with one another but perhaps because of their differences they formed a very strong relationship. The author does a good job of pointing out their common traits and also how their opposite ones complimented one another. A very insightful look into these two men.

    • Daniel Kukwa says:

      It has an interesting premise, and makes for a light, concise read. But I do feel that it meanders a bit too often, and tends to focus far more on Churchill than King George. Ironically, the book discusses asymmetrical alliances and friendshipsa concept that could apply equally well to the division of topics within this book.

    • Amber says:

      I received this book free through First Reads, but the following review is all my own.Having only a vague memory of a dry history lesson in high school, I went into this book without bias. I was happy to find an easy to read history of this complex relationship. I would recommend this book to someone looking to learn more about this unlikely duo.

    • Doug Caver says:

      Could easily give 4 stars but it does tend toward the monotonous at times. Still a very worthy read but wanted a little less what someone had for breakfast and more what someone did, or thought, about events in their lives.

    • E G says:

      quick read, some interesting tidbits

    • Kathlene Warner says:

      lots of stuff I didn't know about The King and Churchill's relationship but it was a slow read.

    • Tony Parsons says:

      Im a history buff luv 2 win/read this book

    • Karis North says:

      Quick and informative, provides an interesting view of the two men and their war-time relationship.

    • Mark says:

      Excellent work, incisive and thoughtful.

    • Jacques Meldrum says:

      Interesting read that analysed the relationship between these two tantamount figures that influenced UK Society greatly at a time it required it most.

    • Sue says:

      Wow: good size, feel good, easy-to-read interesting book.

    • Angela says:

      This book would be better if you already knew some history of both. I couldn't keep straight who they were talking about because I listened to it on audio.

    • Aishuu says:

      This book isn't really about them both in concert it's very disjointed and doesn't come together well. It's a lot of repeating of standard information.

    • Amy Young says:

      Enjoyed learning more about each man and what formed them. Biggest takeaway is to have allies when in leadership and not go it alone.

    • Suzanne Jacob says:

      More a psychological analysis of the two men and their interaction as opposed to their "wartime alliance." Rather a disappointing read for the most part.

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