Tag: Thomas Maier

Churchills and Kennedys

Churchills and Kennedys

Writ­ten for The Churchillian, Spring 2015

When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys, by Thomas Maier. New York: Crown Pub­lish­ers, 784 pages, $30, Kin­dle Edi­tion $11.99.

The most touch­ing and durable vision left by Mr. Maier comes toward the end of this long book: the famous White House cer­e­mo­ny in April 1963, as Pres­i­dent Kennedy presents Sir Win­ston Churchill (in absen­tia) with Hon­orary Amer­i­can Citizenship—while from an upstairs win­dow his stroke-silenced father, Joseph P. Kennedy, watch­es close­ly, with heav­en knows what reflec­tions:

What­ev­er thoughts raced through the mind of Joe Kennedy—the ran­cor of the past, the lost oppor­tu­ni­ties of his own polit­i­cal goals, and the trag­ic for­got­ten dreams he had once had for his old­est son, could not be expressed.…

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Shocking Facts: “Nuke the Soviets”

Shocking Facts: “Nuke the Soviets”

Novem­ber 5th— A call from the Lon­don Dai­ly Mail: “We are doing a piece on a new book and want­ed to run it by you.”

Novem­ber 6th— The new book is Thomas Maier’s When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys. What’s excit­ing is their dis­cov­ery of a Shock­ing Fact about Churchill (Shock­ing Fact #22,385, by my count.)

Mr. Maier reports, calm­ly and dis­pas­sion­ate­ly, a 1947 con­ver­sa­tion between Churchill and Sen­a­tor Stiles Bridges (R-NH). In it, Churchill says “that if an atom­ic bomb could be dropped on the Krem­lin wip­ing it out, it would be a very easy prob­lem to han­dle the bal­ance of Rus­sia, which would be with­out direc­tion.”

So—wow—the Mail is real­ly onto an exposé.…

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