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George VI by Denis Judd

George VI

by Denis Judd

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This biography provides for easy and concise reading. George VI wasn't extraordinary person despite extraordinary circumstances surrounding his ascension to the throne - but you don't need to be an extraordinary person to be a good king. He was the right person for the job in those difficult times. Two negative points about the book.. Even though author briefly mentions some shortcomings of king's character he never really elaborates and so biography seems to be too one-sided. Also, I wish the dynamic of the relationship between George VI and and Edward VIII would be explored with more details (starting when both were boys) - it probably took just couple of pages in the book. ( )
  everfresh1 | Jan 21, 2014 |
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Despite his struggle with a crippling shyness and sense of inadequacy, exacerbated by the stammer that was the focus of the Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech , George VI rose to challenges before him. His marriage to the self-assured and supportive Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons and his unexpected accession to the throne in 1936 changed the direction of the young prince’s life for good. Once on the throne, it was he who bore the weighty responsibility for restoring the nation’s confidence in their monarchy following his elder brother’s abdication and for maintaining morale during the darkest days of World War II, when, together with Winston Churchill, his dignified presence functioned as a beacon of reassurance to civilians and military alike. Denis Judd provides a fascinating, if sometimes controversial, reassessment of the man who, quite unexpectedly, came to occupy an extraordinary position in a time of unprecedented change.

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