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Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King: So Similar, So Different

Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King: So Similar, So Different


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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. 

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ISBN-13: 9781459724273
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Terry Reardon began his career in English banking, continuing in Canada. Bridging both countries sparked his interest in the relationship between Churchill and King. A director of the International Churchill Society in Canada, Reardon is also on the editorial board of Finest Hour, the Churchillian magazine. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Foreword by the Right Honourable John N. Turner
1          The Early Years
2          The Edwardian Decade: 1900–1910
3          Mixed Fortunes: 1911–1921
4          Chanak
5          The Decline of the Empire and the Birth of the Commonwealth
6          Opposition and the Rumblings of War
7          The Coming of War
8          At War
9          Fighting for Their Lives
10        The Tiger and Her Cubs
11        The Eagle Flaps Its Wings
12        Mr. King Goes to London
13        So We Had Won After All!
14        The Thirty-Minute Invasion
15        Truly a World War
16        Dieppe
17        Churchill Disappointed with Canada — Twice!
18        Progress at Last
19        Back to the Continent
20        Quadrant Conference
21        The Big Three Meet
22        Planning for D-Day
23        France Revenged
24        Conscription Is Necessary
25        The End and the Beginning
26        Peace but the Bear Growls
27        The Cold War Starts in Ottawa and Heats Up in Fulton
28        Mackenzie King Breaks Record, Churchill Lays Path for Europe
29        A New World Order: Standing Up to the Reds
30        The End of an Era
Chronology of Churchill and King to July 1950

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