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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris; Original edition (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178076071X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780760711
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Authoritative, readable, entertaining … half the length of the official Life and twice as readable … Professor Judd tells the story with a frankness and objectivity and his book ends so movingly that one needs a few moments to recover. --Brian Masters, Evening Standard

Professor Judd s book is clear-eyed and refreshingly unsycophantic. --Sunday Express

King George VI is dealt with sensibly and sympathetically … by Denis Judd in a very English way. --Asa Briggs, The Guardian

About the Author

Denis Judd is Professor of British Imperial and Commonwealth History at New York University in London. His books include Empire: The British Imperial Experience from 1765 to the Present; The Lion and the Tiger: The Rise and Fall of the British Raj; Balfour and the British Empire; Radical Joe: A Life of Joseph Chamberlain; The Victorian Empire; Palmerston; George V; Prince Philip; The House of Windsor and The Boer War. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


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This is a brilliant, concise yet comprehensive biography. A tour de force. Very good on the King's struggle to overcome various inadequacies, not just his stammer.
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A good and serviceable biography, not a lot of depth but it covers the basics. The one by Sarah Bradford is much better and gives a fuller and more detailed portrait.
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As yet have not had time to read this, but from appearance it looks interesting. I have always wanted to read about the late King, as I was only a young child when he died, so do not know his history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I knew very little about George VI except that he is the father of current British monarch Queen Elizabeth and younger brother o 27 Feb. 2016
By Umar Tosheeb - Published on Amazon.com
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George VI accidentally became the King after his brother abdicated because he wanted to marry a divorced American. I knew very little about George VI except that he is the father of current British monarch Queen Elizabeth and younger brother of famous king who gave up his thrown for love.
Albert, nicknamed Bertie, who became King George VI, had to overcome many obstacles in his life, including speech impediment. Most of his life, he was under the shadow of his more famous and popular brother Edward VIII. Nonetheless, he was a good husband, great father, and did what he was suppose to do diligently.
This book is a good read on his life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars About George VI 10 Aug. 2015
By Gillianne Packer - Published on Amazon.com
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Much of the detail I have read in other books i.e. Queen Mary. Otherwise it is an enjoyable story about a quiet & shy man who came into his job with flying colors during the 2nd world war. Like all of us he made mistakes along the way & he also showed the world there was hidden strength within. In another preferred role he would rather have stayed the Duke of York & been a devoted family man.This book has shown me things about his character which I never knew. Enjoyable but slow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars George VI 24 Aug. 2015
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Really enjoyed reading about this second son, who stepped up when his brother abdicated.

I really admire him as a ruler and can see his influence on his daughter, Queen Elizabeth II

Smoked and worked himself to death.

explains a lot of the interaction of the royal family during the abdication
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5.0 out of 5 stars My King George VI 4 April 2015
By Jentinks - Published on Amazon.com
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He is my favourite monarch of all time! Whether or not you are a fan of George VI, this book is very interesting,The description of the Second World War and how he, as a monarch, coped with all it brought with it, makes you admire this man who did not want to be king, especially during this very turbulent time in history.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brief but well written 4 Dec. 2014
By Steve Kellar - Published on Amazon.com
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A short and respectful biography while somewhat sparse in chronology includes many well chosen anecdotes. The author describes with authority young Bertie's relationship with his father, George V, and later as king his working partnerships with prime ministers Attlee and Churchill. There is well-spent effort detailing his married life and his dedication as father to the future Elizabeth II and her ebullient sister, Mary. An inspiring read that makes you wonder if constitutional monarchy is not at times superior to the republican democracy of modern times.
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