When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys

When Lions Roar The Churchills and the Kennedys The first comprehensive history of the deeply entwined personal and public lives of the Churchills and the Kennedys and what their special relationship meant for Great Britain and the United States Wh

  • Title: When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys
  • Author: Thomas Maier
  • ISBN: 9780307956798
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The first comprehensive history of the deeply entwined personal and public lives of the Churchills and the Kennedys and what their special relationship meant for Great Britain and the United States When Lions Roar begins in the mid 1930s at Chartwell, Winston Churchill s country estate, with new revelations surrounding a secret business deal orchestrated by Joseph P KenThe first comprehensive history of the deeply entwined personal and public lives of the Churchills and the Kennedys and what their special relationship meant for Great Britain and the United States When Lions Roar begins in the mid 1930s at Chartwell, Winston Churchill s country estate, with new revelations surrounding a secret business deal orchestrated by Joseph P Kennedy, the soon to be American ambassador to Great Britain and the father of future American president John F Kennedy From London to America, these two powerful families shared an ever widening circle of friends, lovers, and political associates soon shattered by World War II, spying, sexual infidelity, and the tragic deaths of JFK s sister Kathleen and his older brother Joe Jr By the 1960s and JFK s presidency, the Churchills and the Kennedys had overcome their bitter differences and helped to define the greatness in each other Acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier tells this dynastic saga through fathers and their sons and the remarkable women in their lives providing keen insight into the Churchill and Kennedy families and the profound forces of duty, loyalty, courage and ambition that shaped them He explores the seismic impact of Winston Churchill on JFK and American policy, wrestling anew with the legacy of two titans of the twentieth century Maier also delves deeply into the conflicted bond between Winston and his son, Randolph, and the contrasting example of patriarch Joe Kennedy, a failed politician who successfully channeled his personal ambitions to his children By approaching these iconic figures from a new perspective, Maier not only illuminates the intricacies of this all important cross Atlantic allegiance but also enriches our understanding of the tumultuous time in which they lived and the world events they so greatly influenced With deeply human portraits of these flawed but larger than life figures, When Lions Roar explores the special relationship between the Churchills and Kennedys, and between Great Britain and the United States, highlighting all of its emotional complexity and historic significance.

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    1. Thomas Maier

      Thomas Maier is the author of WHEN LIONS ROAR The Churchills and the Kennedys, published by Random House s Crown imprint He is also the author and a producer of MASTERS OF SEX , the Showtime series based on his book of the same name, which tells the story of researchers Dr William Masters and Virginia Johnson His other books include The Kennedys America s Emerald Kings, which was adapted for Warner Home Video DVD, and the critically acclaimed Dr Spock An American Life, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1999 His 1994 Newhouse All The Glitter, Power and Glory of America s Richest Media Empire And the Secretive Man Behind It , is currently being developed by Sony Pictures Television Maier is a special writer at Newsday and won numerous national awards He lives in Long Island, New Yorkomasmaierbooks


    1. The 20th century was greatly affected by a number of prominent families, but aside from the Roosevelts, few stand out more than the Churchills and the Kennedys, and their relationship with each other. The interactions between these two families forms the core of Thomas Maier’s recent book, WHEN LIONS ROAR: THE CHURCHILLS AND THE KENNEDYS. The book explores the different dynamics that existed between the two families and the world around them, be it political, financial, personal, and too often [...]

    2. ***I won this book in a GoodReads First Reads Giveaway***First off, and this has nothing to do with my opinion of the book itself, I have to give praise to the publisher for sending me a replacement copy. Initially, the book I won in the giveaway was stolen from my front door. I emailed Crown Publishing to ask what I could do to get another copy and even though they had no obligation to do so, they sent me another one. I really appreciate that and think that's the sort of little thing that makes [...]

    3. Lots of behind the scenes details from two of the last century's prominent family. Slow reading but worth it.

    4. When Lions Roar examines the personal relationships of those inhabiting the highly overlapping social circles of the Churchill and Kennedy families. The book focuses on these individuals' business, family, and, especially, sexual connections. Accordingly, while written in a scholarly manner, substantively, the book often reminds one more of a celebrity magazine than a work of history.

    5. The Churchills and the Kennedys were the most talked about families in their heyday. They shared love interests, close friends, political ambitions, business deals, and sea excursions on Aristotle Onassis' yacht with his weird whale foreskin covered barstools. When Lions Roar is the story of the family's rise and fall from power and everything in between. At nearly 700 pages, I took my time with this book and spread out the story of these larger-than-life families (seriously, there are so many K [...]

    6. This massive tome is a dual biography of the Britain’s Churchill family and America’s Kennedy family. I will say I was skeptical at first about the premise of this work, but once I started reading I knew why it was possible. First, both families filled multiple political positions during the twentieth century. Second, the Churchills and the Kennedys first met just before World War II when Joseph Kennedy, Senior, was the American Ambassador to England. Third, there are many parallels between [...]

    7. I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book as a giveaway on . The Churchill and the Kennedy families first met in the early 1930s, well before either grew to the political prominence in their respective countries that they soon would. While the relationship between the two families was certainly not always amicable, there is serious overlap in their social circles for decades - especially when Joe Kennedy served as ambassador to Great Britain before the outbreak of WWII. My greatest st [...]

    8. I was attracted to Thomas Meier’s When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys because between them they are two of the most important families of the last century or so and they share many commonalities, although whether either side would own up to such a fact is a topic free to debate. What Meier does in breathtaking detail throughout When Lions Roar is take the reader on a hypnotizing ride through twin worlds of high society and political intrigue where these two great families cross pa [...]

    9. I agree with Barry Singer that Churchill surpassed Joe Kennedy in almost every way. Joe Kennedy could not even bring himself to write his own memoirs. However, Churchill won in another way also: he made John F. Kennedy a Churchillian.The book is a great read though this is not the book you want to read for a detailed account of WWII or the Cold War. Those events are just background to the great families and their friends and their goings on. Randolf Churchill, in particular, is depicted as a tal [...]

    10. There are few families who have loomed larger in the twentieth century than the Kennedys and Churchills, with the possible exception of the Roosevelts. Across decades and generations, their lives were intertwined through politics and business, marriages and friendships, rivalry and enmity, and those relationships had an impact that has lingered on through history. One could argue they epitomised the 'special relationship' between America and England all on their own. Of course, one talks about ' [...]

    11. What a major disappointment this 643 page ponderous load of a book is. The subject matter Thomas Maier had to work with could hardly be more interesting. Two "Lions" of the first half of the 20th century, Patriarch of America's Kennedy dynasty, Joseph Patrick Kennedy, and the War-time prime minister of England, Winston Spencer Churchill. What should be a fascinating and intriguing read of riveting history quickly becomes a long winded bore of a book that doesn't even try to hide its decidedly pr [...]

    12. This is a detailed history of the prominent families of the age the Churchills, the Kennedy's, the Roosevelts, and the others who intertwined. I actually listened to the audiobook. The narrator, Malcolm Hillgartner, was excellent. When he was reading a quote, I knew exactly who had spoken Winston, Jack, Robert. It is a long book. Half way through I almost gave it up, but thank goodness I didn't. The author, Thomas Maier, focused on the father-child relationships of the three dynasties. Even th [...]

    13. This was a very long book. Took me quite a while to get through it. A very interesting subject. This book is a biography of the Churchill and Kennedy families. The author does a comparison analysis of the two families and the relationships between the fathers and sons in both. He starts out in the twenties and goes all the way through to the 21st century with Ted Kennedy. The very basic conclusion the author comes to at the end of the book was while Winston Churchill was a greater man than Joe K [...]

    14. When Lions Roar: The Churchills and The KennedysA masterfully written tome of epic proportion! The extraordinary research comprised within this volume, which spans 4-5 decades, is staggering. Maier has crafted, in not too dissimilar Churchillian fashion, the very essence of the modern history of both the United States and Great Brittan. The very force of those who orchestrated these country's world-wide performances is brilliantly recounted and presented without bias or personal interpretation i [...]

    15. I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and easy to read. I could not put it down, I like the way it focused on the relationships between the fathers and sons. The relationships between the Kennedys and Churchills were explained and the results were documented. It would have been nice if the author could have covered what the 3rd generation have done or not. Highly recommend

    16. When the Lions Roar is an interesting book about the political and personal lives of Churchills, Roosevelts, and Kennedys. You read about how their lives intertwine and the father/son relationships. It was informative. I enjoyed the 664 page book.

    17. A fascinating read from start to finish. Great overview about why Kennedy was such a controversial figure, and the unfortunate, swift downfall two potential political dynasties.

    18. “When Lions Roar” is the dual biography of two families intertwined by business and politics, rivalry and cooperation, veniality and idealism. The Churchills were English to the core, though with an American pedigree, and defenders of the Empire. The Kennedys were brash Irish Catholics with chips on their shoulders striving to break into the world that was a part of the Churchills’ birthright. Throw in the Roosevelts, Bernard Baruch and the Harrimans and you have the makings of an eye-open [...]

    19. Thanks to and Crown for the First-reads copy! This was more than I hoped. Having been an avid reader and fan of Winston Churchills for a long time (favorite book is 3 volume "The Last Lion" by Manchester) I was thrilled to have found additional information about Churchill and the impact he had on world history. I think this book gives great fodder to the idea that these two families have had greater influence than anyone else in the past 100 plus years on the history of the western world, the w [...]

    20. When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys, by Thomas Maier, is a biography of two monumentally important families. More, it is a biography of three generations, two countries and a century fraught with heartbreak and international catastrophe. Most histories of great men and women dwell on their public lives, as their actions affect the destinies of nations. Histories that show how war and international conflict consume the everyday lives, loves and hopes of families caught up in transfor [...]

    21. When reading the sub-title of the book, my first thought was: someone has come up with another far-fetched idea for an angle on Churchill. After reading the book, however, I have to confess there is nothing fanciful about the idea. Thomas Maier’s book is a sound study of the influence Churchill had on JFK, how this came about and its influence on history.The book focuses first on the two family patriarchs, Winston Churchill and Joe Kennedy. It tells of their shady dealings at the end of the Pr [...]

    22. “When Lions Roar: the Churchills and the Kennedys,” by Thomas Maier (Crown, 2014). Maier, author of “Masters of Sex” and a Newsday reporter, uses some previously unknown documents as well as more familiar historical fare to paint an interesting dual, parallel portrait of the families of Winston Churchill and Joe Kennedy. He begins by contradicting the common knowledge that Churchill and Kennedy disliked one another from the beginning. The families met years before Kennedy became ambassad [...]

    23. I received a prerelease e-copy of this book through NetGalley (publication date October 28 2014) with the expectation that I will post a review on their site and others (my blog, Good reads, Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, etc.).Thomas Maier does an excellent job of telling the story of the relationship between the two families involving multiple generations. It is well written, easy to read and very well documented. He gave greater depth to some of the events surrounding the Kennedys during this [...]

    24. When I saw this book offered in a giveaway, I knew I had to win it for my dad. Fortunately I did win it! Pop's is completely fascinated with WWII. I'd consider him pretty darn fluent in WWII history. He adores Churchill so I knew this was going to be a hit with him. Dad devoured this quickly. Took me a bit longer but I'm happy I read it. While the book wasn't so much about WWII, it was still utterly intriguing. I knew enough about the Kennedy's to turn me sour on that Camelot crowd, but I wasn't [...]

    25. The book is listed as: "The first comprehensive history of the deeply entwined personal and public lives of the Churchills and the Kennedys and what their “special relationship” meant for Great Britain and the United States."Not so much. More like "a tabloidal history of all the sort of famous or wanted to be famous people who interacted with the Churchills and the Kennedys in adultery, borderline illegal activity and politics." I liked the first chapter but it's such a massive book that I [...]

    26. Thomas Maier has written a book that will be spoken about and used as a reference by anyone studying the history of the Churchill's and the Kennedy's. The Roosevelt's are also dealt with candidly in connection their interaction with America and England. The intertwining of these two dynasties and how they lived, loved and lost, especially the bright young people who were taken too soon, show their hopes for the future. Joseph Patrick Kennedy was a driven man. He wanted to be President but when h [...]

    27. Copy received from Blogging For Books for an honest reviewFour StarsWhen Lions Roar by Thomas Maier is not a quick read. It is a very long and lengthy book. However, it is full of wonderful information about two very powerful families in political history. The Kennedys in US politics and the Churchill's' in British history. There are many different elements that I liked about this book. First, Maier really analyzes and details the political life of both these families. I especially liked all the [...]

    28. Loved this book! Maier writes about the Churchill and Kennedy families with compassion. Both dynasties had a huge impact on our current world, and it would be easy to pass judgement on the actions of such powerful and flawed political figures. Yet Maier describes them through the words of their biggest fans and largest detractors, with the context of what is historically factual, which gives a vivid and balanced picture of the most important decisions of the 30s-60s. I had no idea how closely th [...]

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