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David & Winston: How the Friendship Between Lloyd George and Churchill… (edition 2008)

by Robert Lloyd George (Author)

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Both were outsiders. Neither attended university. Above all, both loved political sparring--often together, in the epic parliamentary battles of the start of the century. Theirs was a deeply personal friendship. Their real shared passion, however, was politics. For ten years between 1904 and 1914 they met together every day for a private discussion. Lloyd George profoundly influenced Churchill's political philosophy and played a formative role in his career. Drawing on unseen family archive material, Robert Lloyd George provides an intimate biography of the friendship between his great-grandfather and Churchill, from their public politics to their private passions. He throws fresh light on the two greatest statesmen of twentieth century Britain in peace and in war, and on one of the most enduring friendships in modern politics.… (more)
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Title:David & Winston: How the Friendship Between Lloyd George and Churchill Changed the Course of History
Authors:Robert Lloyd George (Author)
Info:Harry N. Abrams (2008), Edition: 1, 336 pages
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A fine contribution to the vast collection of biographical works about Churchill. It is easy, considering his embodiment of Tory Conservatism in his grand, later years, to forget that Winson was, for 20 years, a member of the Liberal Party, and considered himself the loyal pupil and lieutenant of David Lloyd George. There is much in this book that was new to me.

Unfortunately, the book is marred by some internal inconsitencies. For exampe, on page 98 the author reproduces a Max Beerbohm cartoon of Churchill and Lloyd George. Later in the book he refers to this cartoon but gives to Churchill the line which the cartoon clearly had mouthed by Lloyd George. Noticed internal inconsistencies raise the specter of whether there are others in the text or its interpretations that have escaped notice.

The book suffers from the modern disease of bad proofreading. It is not that there are typographical errors, but there are words missing and sometimes words are repeated, as if the final proofreading were done by Spell Check. ( )
1 vote RTS1942 | Feb 13, 2011 |
This is an extremly interesting book, which focuses on the relationship between Winston Churchill and his mentor David Lloyd George during the 45 years they worked together in British politics. This special aspect in the life of Sir Winston has not been covered by any other biographer as far as I know, and the author extensively uses his family's archives, giving the reader an insight into one of the modern world's most interesting special relationships. Highly recommended! ( )
  HarmlessTed | Aug 18, 2008 |
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Both were outsiders. Neither attended university. Above all, both loved political sparring--often together, in the epic parliamentary battles of the start of the century. Theirs was a deeply personal friendship. Their real shared passion, however, was politics. For ten years between 1904 and 1914 they met together every day for a private discussion. Lloyd George profoundly influenced Churchill's political philosophy and played a formative role in his career. Drawing on unseen family archive material, Robert Lloyd George provides an intimate biography of the friendship between his great-grandfather and Churchill, from their public politics to their private passions. He throws fresh light on the two greatest statesmen of twentieth century Britain in peace and in war, and on one of the most enduring friendships in modern politics.

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