When Lions Roar

When Lions Roar

The Churchills and the Kennedys

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The first comprehensive history of the deeply entwined personal and public lives of the Churchills and the Kennedys and what their "special relationship" meant for Great Britain and the United States
 
When Lions Roar  begins in the mid-1930s at Chartwell, Winston Churchill's country estate, with new revelations surrounding a secret business deal orchestrated by Joseph P. Kennedy, the soon-to-be American ambassador to Great Britain and the father of future American president John F. Kennedy. From London to America, these two powerful families shared an ever-widening circle of friends, lovers, and political associates - soon shattered by World War II, spying, sexual infidelity, and the tragic deaths of JFK's sister Kathleen and his older brother Joe Jr.  By the 1960s and JFK's presidency, the Churchills and the Kennedys had overcome their bitter differences and helped to define the "greatness" in each other.
 
Acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier tells this dynastic saga through fathers and their sons - and the remarkable women in their lives - providing keen insight into the Churchill and Kennedy families and the profound forces of duty, loyalty, courage and ambition that shaped them. He explores the seismic impact of Winston Churchill on JFK and American policy, wrestling anew with the legacy of two titans of the twentieth century. Maier also delves deeply into the conflicted bond between Winston and his son, Randolph, and the contrasting example of patriarch Joe Kennedy, a failed politician who successfully channeled his personal ambitions to his children. By approaching these iconic figures from a new perspective, Maier not only illuminates the intricacies of this all-important cross-Atlantic allegiance but also enriches our understanding of the tumultuous time in which they lived and the world events they so greatly influenced.
 
With deeply human portraits of these flawed but larger-than-life figures, When Lions Roar explores the "special relationship" between the Churchills and Kennedys, and between Great Britain and the United States, highlighting all of its emotional complexity and historic significance.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2014?]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307956798
Characteristics: xv, 767 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Churchills and the Kennedys

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Feb 12, 2015

Well worth reading this new information about both families.
Amazing details - politics, business deals and more.

ChristchurchLib Jan 12, 2015

In When Lions Roar, journalist Thomas Maier details the many connections between two prominent families: the Churchills in England and the Kennedys in America. Focusing on Winston Churchill and Joseph P. Kennedy, Maier spins a compelling narrative that illuminates a major portion of 20th century history. While the dual biography of Winston and Joseph forms the book's framework, Maier relates information about 14 people in the Churchill family and 15 Kennedys, giving due attention to the more prominent family members. Politics and gossip from the 1930s to the 1960s fuel this fascinating book, which "cannot be put down" (Library Journal). History and Current Events January 2015 newsletter.

ChristchurchLib Jan 12, 2015

In When Lions Roar, journalist Thomas Maier details the many connections between two prominent families: the Churchills in England and the Kennedys in America. Focusing on Winston Churchill and Joseph P. Kennedy, Maier spins a compelling narrative that illuminates a major portion of 20th century history. While the dual biography of Winston and Joseph forms the book's framework, Maier relates information about 14 people in the Churchill family and 15 Kennedys, giving due attention to the more prominent family members. Politics and gossip from the 1930s to the 1960s fuel this fascinating book, which "cannot be put down" (Library Journal). History and Current Events January 2015 newsletter.

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