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

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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
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 31st 2013 by Viking
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Mom
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 ...more
Lisa of Hopewell
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 ow ...more
Juliana
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.
Amber
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.
Murakami Akemi
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
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Jacques Meldrum
Interesting read that analysed the relationship between these two tantamount figures that influenced UK Society greatly at a time it required it most.
Karis North
Quick and informative, provides an interesting view of the two men and their war-time relationship.
Erin
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 ...more
E G
quick read, some interesting tidbits
Kathlene Warner
lots of stuff I didn't know about The King and Churchill's relationship but it was a slow read.
Mark
Excellent work, incisive and thoughtful.
Daniel Kukwa
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 friendships...a concept that could apply equally well to the division of topics within this book.
Mike Gabor
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.
Doug Caver
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.
Tony Parsons
Im a history buff luv 2 win/read this book
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