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on 13 April 2015
George VI seems the forgotten man. I had no idea what a difficult and brave life he had and brilliant job he did.
The most outstanding member of the royal family ever.
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on 18 December 2011
Bought this book having seen the Kings' Speech which wetted my appetite to learn more about George V1. A very well researched book with lots of interesting facts about George and the other members of the royal family and the people whose lives were involved with the king. However have got rather bogged down with the account of the abdication of Edward 8th and the implications of this on the royal family. Realise this is a vital part of his life and the effect it had on the future monarchy but it got a little boring after awhile, but at some stage will hopefully finish this book.
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on 20 June 2015
Sarah Bradford has done it again. I read her biography on the Queen and loved it. This surpassed all that. Her studies and researches are staggeringly well done. The man came across as humane and kind, brave and inspiring. He was not perfect as he had a frightful temper. But the love he had for his wife and two daughters sustained him and his handicaps that stemmed from childhood trauma. I found myself utterly grateful for the abdication. The royal family should erect a monument in honour of Mrs.Wallis Simpson. She has done a great service to the British empire indeed!
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on 1 November 2013
Very informative book.well written. Ideal for the average reader as well as the more scholorly person.would highly recommend this book
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on 25 September 2015
Four and a half stars to the book, five stars to the life of King George VI.

"If the 'greatness' of a King can be measured by the extent to which his qualities corrisponded to the needs of a nation at a given moment in history, then George VI was a great King, and perhaps a very great King."
René Massigli, Ambassador of France to the Court of St James's, 1952
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on 16 February 2015
An interesting, thoroughly researched biography. Well written and referenced.
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on 6 January 2015
This Kindle edition contains many printing errors in the text and the photographs at the rear often cover the subtitles of the page before so it is impossible to identify the people depicted.

It is a good read, well researched and written but, annoyingly spoiled by the poor quality mentioned above.
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on 9 October 2015
A bit rambling in the war years - it seemed as though the author was just trying to show she had a handle on the political situation. There was also not much on the teenage years of the princesses which - as he obviously loved them so much I would have thought there would have been more to write.
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on 16 June 2016
Very readable but spends rather too much time on the well known abdication crisis and the on going difficulties with the subsequent Duke of Windsor, at the expense of giving more information on the Kong's role in the post war world as Britain hit the long road to recovery.
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on 30 September 2011
One of a very few books on 'Bertie'. It is comprehensive, uses a lot of good primary sources such as letters but is perhaps biased towards the subject. Difficult to argue with after 'The King's Speech' but not necessary the authorative source on the subject.
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