When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys

When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys

by Thomas Maier

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The first comprehensive history of the deeply entwined personal and public lives of the Churchills and the Kennedys and what their “special relationship” meant for Great Britain and the United States
When Lions Roar begins in the mid-1930s at Chartwell, Winston Churchill's country estate, with new revelations surrounding a secret business deal orchestrated by Joseph P. Kennedy, the soon-to-be American ambassador to Great Britain and 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 associates – soon shattered by World War II, spying, sexual infidelity, and the tragic deaths of JFK's sister Kathleen and his older brother Joe Jr.  By the 1960s and JFK's 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 sons – and the remarkable women in their lives – providing 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, and between Great Britain and the United States, highlighting all of its emotional complexity and historic significance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307956811
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 784
Sales rank: 845,197
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

THOMAS MAIER is the author of four books, including The Kennedys: America’s Emerald Kings and Masters of Sex, the basis for the Showtime series.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters xiii

I Dynasty And Empire

1 Overture: "The Special Relationship" 3

2 A Troublesome Boy 14

3 Speaking Engagements 31

4 Love and Friendships 41

5 A Man on the Make 53

6 Across the Atlantic 67

7 The Deal 82

8 The King of Wall Street 96

II Family Fortunes

9 The Sons of Great Men 107

10 Menace on the Horizon 119

11 London Calling 127

12 Astor Place 137

13 The Kennedy Women 146

14 The Desire to Please 158

15 Breach of Faith 177

16 The Cross and Double-Cross 191

17 The Last Dance 203

18 While American Slept 219

19 We Shall Fight 226

20 A Spy in Their Midst 238

21 Grace under Fire 250

22 Crash Landing 261

III Wartime

23 The House of Churchill Bears a Son 279

24 New Alliances 286

25 "The Masters of Our Fate" 297

26 Replacements 312

27 The Churchill Club 327

28 "His Heart's Desire" 337

29 Stratagems of Hell 350

30 Tests of Faith 366

31 Love among the Ruins 380

32 Victory and Defeat 397

IV Making Peace

33 Feeling the Heat 413

34 The Coldest War 428

35 Circles of friends 446

36 Warrior Historians 464

37 Great Contemporaries 479

38 Winners and Losers 490

39 Black Knights on a Chessboard 501

40 Friends in High Places 510

41 Meetings at Sea 520

42 In their Own Image 527

43 Arms to Parley 538

44 Mending Fences 550

45 The Enemy Within 563

46 After the Ball 576

47 The Best and Worst of Days 587

48 Thoughts That Lie Too Deep 606

49 The Once and future king 624

Notes 645

Selected Bubliography 725

Index 751

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