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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (5 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755314492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755314492
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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well-written and engaging... a worthy edition to the Churchillian canon (BBC History magazine)

'fresh anecdotes abound in these fascinating pages' (Glasgow Evening Times)

'a groundbreaking new book' (Yorkshire Post)

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The official biography of Churchill's closest bodyguard during the Second World War, based on his complete memoir

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Neil Warren on 13 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found this a genuinely interesting book. It had a little bit of everything but, ultimately, Thompson's diaries are able to give a fascinating insight into the way Churchill worked and thought during the war years. I have even more respect for him now. There are nice touches too - the two men clearly had a good working realtionship and Churchill's impish humour comes through well in certain incidents. I also admire the dedication with which Thompson undertook his very important task - guarding, at the time, the most important man in the world. Tom Hickman does a great job of editing the diaries and adding historical fact to the book. A great read and I'd certainly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grandie Ken on 18 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. A no holds barred account of both mens' lives and those around them without any nastiness even though it is taken from Thompson's diaries. Believe it or not Churchill could be quite funny and also compassionate including tears, which belies his stern image. I would recommended this book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Prosec999 on 8 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
This goes a long way to showing the bond and mutual respect that can be found between the VIP and his bodyguard. A great read with some great insights to the times
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 11 April 2010
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This book was bought after watching the television series on BBC2,Dennis Watermans narrative did not put me off,the book gives an insight to two very interesting characters.Well written with all the ingredients of a good thriller but it is real life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Pfeiffer on 19 April 2010
Format: Paperback
Fascinating description of the life of a bodyguard to the Prime Minister Winston Churchil, introducting an another perspective and the reality of this position.
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By Curious on 13 Jan. 2014
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It is great to have a glimpse into the life of one of the greatest men's life from first hand experience but not by himself. Tom Hickman did a great job, I really enjoyed everything he wrote however limited it might have been, it gave an excellent description of Churchill and his life and their relationship. I wish he were alive and could continue writing! Would feel myself like a kid, listening to great and real stories.
Thanks for flying me back to the age of these heroes.
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This gives a good perspective of what it means to be a body guard to someone of note.
You can see that you need to be of a certain mental calibre to do a job that he did.
This was not for money, more a sense of duty to his country and a man who was very loyal to Churchill.
Also shows Churchill to be quite a character.
I found it a good read for the train.
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Having read the original autobiography of Walter Thompson, this biography does good justice and is well written. Given how uncommon Thompson's autobiography is to find these says, this novel is a fine substitute.
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