Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King

Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King

So Similar, So Different

Book - 2012
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The story of the complex relationship between two world leaders during one of the greatest crises in human history.

Born just two weeks apart in 1874, Winston Churchill and William Lyon Mackenzie King had much in common. Both forged long parliamentary careers, and each led his country to victory in World War II. A BBC poll deemed Winston Churchill the greatest Briton of all time, and Mackenzie King has been judged by a group of historians as the greatest Canadian prime minister. Their parallel careers fostered a working relationship that lasted almost fifty years. It was not always an easy relationship, however. Churchill, famous for his drink and cigars, was impetuous and charismatic, an extrovert; King, a teetotaller during WWII, was noted for considering all options before cautiously proceeding. Fate threw this ill-matched pair together. For the first time, the vital relationship between these two very different men is explored in depth. It is the story not just of two extraordinary leaders, but also of the changing bonds between Britain and Canada.

Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Press, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781459705890
Branch Call Number: 941.0840922 Rea
Characteristics: 432 pages : illustrations


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Jan 03, 2016

Two men (Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King) who were polar opposites in terms of personality and in their personal lives, yet knew each other well for half a century and proved to be strongmen in the Western alliance against Germany and Japan during WWII. The illustrations included are also delightful, including rarely seen photos of Churchill taken by the Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh, besides the iconic "Bull Dog" portrait.

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