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The Reluctant King: The Life and Reign of George Vi, 1895-1952 Hardcover – 1 May 1990

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312043376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312043377
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,383,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Reluctant King: The Life and Reign of George VI" (1895-1952) by Sarah Bradford, 1st publication 1989.

The great and awesome Prince Albert, Duke of York, later King George VI - father of Queen Elizabeth II - has always been an inspiration to me and my family. My father greatly admired this man, who was himself a great father. The king was not only a doting father to his two beautiful daughters - he truly acquitted himself bravely and well as the father of England. This point is often missed by everyone.

Sarah Bradford, royal biographer extraordinaire, with this 1989 biography gives us a hefty glimpse into the life of the great prince, Albert "Bertie" Windsor, who started off as the Duke of York and married Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon; the same chap who ended up being king of England (when his brother Edward David, King Edward VIII, abdicated).

Bradford uses her great respect and British restraint to show us the sufferings and travails of King George, who stood and faced the war bravely and tried to pull England into a more modern age. Yet she pulls no punches, and has become a sparkling, oft-consulted expert of that historical era.

On a bit of a down side: one cannot blame Bradford for her unbridled enthusiasm. There had been only one official biography of the king, and it was heavily sanitized because the king took some part in it. Bradford is the first and only full-fledged biographer of King George VI. That in itself strikes me as tragic, but then there was much that was unknown about this great old king who died too young.

Bradford dives in too hard, and the result is a bit amateurish. It is like the writing of a student giddy with too much new and exciting information. I.e.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Compelling Bio of a Great King 22 Jan. 2015
By Gaijinjoy - Published on Amazon.com
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Bradford's bio of the king who was accidentally perfect for his time is well written and appealing. As with all royal bios it is heavy on names and complicated family relations, but that doesn't get in the way of portraying George VI as a man and king. An admirable account of a man who gave all and did his best for his country during a time of severe crisis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Came away feeling it was a good thing he became king instead of Edward who never ... 19 July 2014
By bcg's - Published on Amazon.com
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Lots and lots of info in this book. Filled with dates,facts,names,family issues. Came away feeling it was a good thing he became king instead of Edward who never made it to his coronation,abdicating first since he couldn't rule without Wallis by his side. Churchill and George Vl were a good match collaborating during the 2nd world war.Not sure Edward would have been right for that time. He seemed to have a soft spot for the Nazi's.At least according to this book and several others i have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 Jun. 2016
By J. William H. Hudgins - Published on Amazon.com
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Great person; he gave so much in a short time!
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully researched yet easy to read 30 July 2016
By North Shore Mo - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderfully researched yet easy to read. Will bring you to a closer understanding of a period of British history that impacted the whole world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full details of an unexpected life. 18 Oct. 2014
By Susan M. Kozlowski - Published on Amazon.com
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great view of the man who became the unplanned king. I highly recommend this book & the dealer! Both are excellent.
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