When Lions Roar

  • by Thomas Maier
  • Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner
  • 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. Kennedy, 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. 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, between Great Britain and the United States, highlighting all of its emotional complexity and historic significance.

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Wonderful Book. Narration Superb.

Enjoyed the book tremendously .... Born in 1936 in Massachusetts to a Iarge Irish catholic family (9 children) same as the Kennedys but one quarter English ..... World War Two was a part of my life as a young child as well as the Roosevelts and Winston Churchill

Enjoyed hearing about all the other great statements we had at the time .
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- Margaret P. Johnson

A must read...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, and I have. It is a comprehensive, well written novel.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Churchill, of course.


What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent speaking voice. I have looked up other books read by him.


Any additional comments?

This audio book was so well written that I bought a hard copy. Excellent.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.