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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully opinionated, 8 April 2007
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Gung ho and full of spirit and bile - a great read giving lots of insight into the period - the end of Empire and rise of/battle with Fascism and Communism. He certainly takes on where our forebears left off, what with this emulating Strachey's Eminent Victorians; and more recently his History of English Speaking Peoples since 1900, picking up where Churchill left off. What a writer but by no means one in thrall to Guardian readers!

Particularly interesting was the chapter on Mountbatten and the mess he made of Indian independence and partition with Pakistan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent demolition of underserved reputations, 14 Nov 2008
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Andrew Roberts has strong biases but even if one were to disbelieve half of what he writes, the judgement on the various characters arraigned in the dock, so to speak, must be harsh. George VI was at best a naive fool; Mountbatten - the worst of the lot - was a scoundrel, a liar, foolhardy with men's lives; Monckton was a weak man who allowed trade union power to enlarge dangerously; Bryant had dubious political sympathies.

Sometimes such books can be tiresome because the author so obviously wants to show that X or Y had feet of clay. Yet given the scale of the problems facing Britain in 1940-55, the faults of the men portrayed in this book need to be focused on. Mountbatten comes out of this book particularly badly. First class history writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Faultless, 14 Sep 2005
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Excellent book as described and speedy delivery. Thanks
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Eminent Churchillians by Andrew Roberts (Paperback - 3 April 1995)
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