Ann Fisher's Reviews > The Reluctant King: The Life and Reign of George VI, 1895-1952

The Reluctant King by Sarah Bradford
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Dec 10, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 07 to 10, 2011 — I own a copy

I'm not generally a fan of biographies, history, or the royal family, so it's safe to say that I never would have considered this if one of my book groups hadn't chosen it. When my used copy arrived, a musty dog-eared paperback, and I saw that it was 600 pages my heart really sank.

Fortunately it turns out to be a great book. Extremely well-written. Obviously detailed (600 pages) but with a few rare exceptions none of the details seem superfluous. The lengthy discussions of the abdication and WWII are particularly gripping. I was fascinated by the travels, the interactions with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and the wartime austerity measures at Buckingham Palace. Highly recommended.

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