For fans of The King's Speech, the intriguing bond between monarch and prime minister and its crucial role during World War II. The 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 inspiring hope in the monarchy, Parliament, and the nation itself.
Audiobooks 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.
©2013 Kenneth Weisbrode (P)2013 Penguin Audio
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"Moving and informative"
Well worth every word. Completely took my mind off the treadmill. I goes beyond history. I highly recommend it. A +
"Highly anecdotal narrative"
This interesting narration take much that is known of HM King George and Winston. As I listened, I recalled the close and continuing relationship between US Grant and Wm. Tecumseh Sherman during the War for the Union. Sherman was fully capable of carrying out independent actions in his theater of responsibility, but always worked in synchrony with Grant. The criticality of the king to the operational war effort is minimized, whilst Churchill's is given full credit. My opinion of the king is tempered with empathy because of the abdication of his brother and his ascencion to the throne at the worst possible juncture in history for a monarch who never wished to be king.
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