When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys, Thomas Maier
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When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys

Author: Thomas Maier

Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner

Unabridged: 21 hr 51 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 10/28/2014

Genre: Biography & Autobiography - Presidents & Heads Of State

Synopsis

When Lions Roar begins in the mid-1930s at Chartwell, Winston Churchills country estate, with new revelations surrounding a secret business deal orchestrated by Joseph P. Kennedy, 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 associatessoon shattered by World War II, spying, sexual infidelity, and the tragic deaths of JFKs sister Kathleen and his older brother Joe Jr. By the 1960s and JFKs 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 sonsand the remarkable women in their livesproviding 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, between Great Britain and the United States, highlighting all of its emotional complexity and historic significance.

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