When I saw this book offered in a giveaway on Goodreads, I knew I had to win it for my dad. Fortunately I did win it! Pop's is completely fascinated with WWII. I'd consider him pretty darn fluent in WWII history. He adores Churchill so I knew this was going to be a hit with him. Dad devoured this quickly. Took me a bit longer but I'm happy I read it. While the book wasn't so much about WWII, it was still utterly intriguing. I knew enough about the Kennedy's to turn me sour on that Camelot crowd, but I wasn't as familiar with Winston, and his son, Randolph, as I'd like. Maier takes an in depth look into these two political power house families. I probably like Joe Kennedy even less now, such a pompous pig. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. A bit winded at times with the gossipy-romance but it turns out these two families shared more than political aspirations. If you love history and want to take a closer look inside the Churchill/Kennedy empire, including relations between fathers and sons, this is the book. Dad's POV? It was the perfect read for him and he'd give it five stars. Back off, old man! This is my review.
**I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Many thanks. Opinions are my own.
"Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous," he observed. "In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics many times."
I am always interested in reading and learning more about Winston Churchill. This book really highlights the relationship between the Churchill family and the Kennedy family. The relationship started in the 30's and while it wasn't always friendly it shows how some of the greatest men of the 20th century interacted during some of our toughest times. Even though I've read about Winston Churchill I was unaware of just how much he and his family became involved with the Kennedys.
Great men came out of both the Kennedy family and the Churchill family and those great men spent their years alternating between a friendly relationship and one filled with animosity. This book does a great job covering that relationship and how it affected not only those families but history as well. I really liked that this book covered the history of each family and didn't just focus on the parts that concern both. I can't claim a vast knowledge of the Kennedys so it was interesting learning more about them.
This book is a really great book for a history buff (perhaps a Christmas gift?) and someone especially interested in reading more about the complex relationship between the Churchills and the Kennedys. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the galley.
I received this book for free through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers.
When I first started reading this book, I found it to be very boring. It talked a lot about boats, which I don't know much about. But once it got to part 2, it got more interesting. It talked more about the Kennedys and how sailing impacted their lives. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Kennedys.