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Speaking For England

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  8 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
This is the extraordinary true story of an English political tragedy - the bizarre tale of how the son of a member of Churchill's wartime cabinet was hanged for treason.
Published February 1st 2007 by Pocket Books (first published 2005)
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Apr 26, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
This biography looks at the life of Leo Amery, alongside that of his sons Jack and Julian. Leo Amery, known as the 'Pocket Hercules' at his school on account of his short stature, was first of all a journalist, as he needed to earn a living, and then moved into his true love of politics. A contemporary of Churchill (who he first met at Harrow, when Churchill kicked him into the school pool) he knew virtually everyone in the government and important political circles from a young age. Oddly thoug ...more
This book has an excellent title. Each of the 3 protagonists in this triple biography - Leo Amery and his sons Julian and John - spoke for England, but each in his own way. Leo and Julian were British patriots, John ('Jack') was executed as a traitor after WW2.

During his long life, Leo was involved both in South Africa and later in India. Julian fought alongside guerillas in Albania in WW2, whilst at the same time his brother John assisted the Nazis by broadcasting propaganda against Britain and
Jul 10, 2011 Converse rated it liked it

What would you do if your kid became a broadcaster for another country that was at war with your own, and which was ruled by murderous crazy people? Leo Amery, a British politician, had the opportunity to find out during the Second World War. Things took a turn for the worse when his son John Amery, the broadcaster and speech-giver for the Nazis, was captured by Italian partisans, handed over to British forces, and charged with treason.

John Amery (usually called Jack) had been a strange pers

Aug 16, 2007 Joseph rated it it was amazing
What a twisted family! The father was one of Churchill's closest allies, one son served in the milatary, and the other son was hung for treason. It's really an interesting read.
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