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30 review for King George VI: A Life From Beginning to End (Royalty Biography Book 5)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris Queen

    Quick and enjoyable A nicely written, concise bio. Fun to read and worth the time! A fascinating glimpse into the British monarchy in the first half of the 20th century.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anil Swarup

    King George rose to the throne at a difficult time. His is a story of a person who never thought that he would be a King and one who fought to overcome his own personal handicaps. The book outlines the struggles of King George both on the personal and professional fronts. And does it well

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    If you're looking for an in depth biography of King George VI, look elsewhere. This one is very brief. It's good and accurate, but extremely brief. If you're looking for an in depth biography of King George VI, look elsewhere. This one is very brief. It's good and accurate, but extremely brief.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    “The decisive struggle is now upon us… it is no mere territorial conquest that our enemies are seeking. It is the overthrow, complete and final, of this Empire and of everything which it stands, and after that the conquest of the world.” King George VI Books and stories are filled with the magical illusion of a prince and the idyllic life of a future monarch. The reality is much different. The lives of King George V’s sons are a true testament to this fact. On June 23, 1894, Edward Albert Christia “The decisive struggle is now upon us… it is no mere territorial conquest that our enemies are seeking. It is the overthrow, complete and final, of this Empire and of everything which it stands, and after that the conquest of the world.” King George VI Books and stories are filled with the magical illusion of a prince and the idyllic life of a future monarch. The reality is much different. The lives of King George V’s sons are a true testament to this fact. On June 23, 1894, Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David (destined to be King Edward VIII) was born to the Duke and Duchess of York (later to become King George V and Queen Mary). Just over a year later, Albert Frederick Arthur George (destined to be King George VI) was born on December 14, 1895. Both brothers, third and fourth in the line to the throne, were not abused as children but rather ignored and forgotten. As children, neither one of the princes were suited for the British throne nor little was undertaken to change this. With so many given names, it is rather confusing. The book opted for David and Albert until their coronation as British monarch. Both sons were sent to the navy at an early age. This is known to be a harsh environment and their royal status was of little advantage. Albert had always had a speech impediment and stutter and this environment were even more detrimental to his handicap. His brother’s choice to abdicate to marry the American divorcee, Wallis Warfield is well known as is also the fact that this is the first time for it to happen in British history. Many thought that George attained the throne by default but his stoic actions as monarch during one of the most trying times in British history changed most minds. I enjoyed reading this narrative as it gave me another insight into the world’s longest reigning monarchy. I feel sure many will agree with me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mike Briley

    As with nearly all of the books in this series you find yourself wanting to know more at the end. The books are designed to be short and concise and they are. They whet your appetite for more knowledge. having watched the film The King's Speech I learned less from this book that I do usually. Nevertheless it was an interesting 57 minutes (I timed myself!) reading. Well worth the time. As with nearly all of the books in this series you find yourself wanting to know more at the end. The books are designed to be short and concise and they are. They whet your appetite for more knowledge. having watched the film The King's Speech I learned less from this book that I do usually. Nevertheless it was an interesting 57 minutes (I timed myself!) reading. Well worth the time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

    I do not appreciate the idea of a monarchy, but this biography of King George VI is certainly a vote of confidence for the idea. He was a man of integrity and true to his country. He was a positive influence for the people of Britain.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Eleanor

    Rather short and superficial. Very little mention of his other siblings. Too short, more about his wider family relationships would have made it more colourful. Easy read, a few revelations, more chapters would be good.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bettye McKee

    An interesting look at King George VI Here's the story of how Prince Albert became King George VI when his brother, David, then King Edward VIII, abdicated his kingship to marry the American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. 8 An interesting look at King George VI Here's the story of how Prince Albert became King George VI when his brother, David, then King Edward VIII, abdicated his kingship to marry the American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. 8

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    A really good example of how not to be a king. The book goes into his birth and early life and then gets on with his pro-German attitude and his elevation to being a king. The problem is, though, he not only was pro-German but he also stepped way out of line for the royals of the time and married a twice-divorced American woman (two mistakes in one go) and then ended up giving up the throne for her. The Nazis actually had basically planned on having him as the king when they took over England af A really good example of how not to be a king. The book goes into his birth and early life and then gets on with his pro-German attitude and his elevation to being a king. The problem is, though, he not only was pro-German but he also stepped way out of line for the royals of the time and married a twice-divorced American woman (two mistakes in one go) and then ended up giving up the throne for her. The Nazis actually had basically planned on having him as the king when they took over England af ter their planned invasion (which never happened.) There's a lot more details in the book but to me, at least, this is not a guy that deserves any respect at all and it's without a doubt best that he dropped his position of king.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Judi Rogers

    A Great King This is a very enjoyable book about a man not born to be King, but as he became the King, he became one of the best Kings Britain ever had. He started out shouldering the load when his older brother abdicated the Throne of Great Britain, lead his country through a horrible war, and prepared his eldest daughter to become Queen. She is the longest serving Monarch ever, in ant country. King George the 6th did a great job under terrible circumstances..

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Enjoyed it very much I adore reading about the British monarchy and this book was no exception. I always felt King George was more adept than people thought. This book truly reflects that. An enjoyable experience to read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    John Kenrick

    Brief, informative but sloppy I learned enough to make this book worth reading, but there were sloppy misstatements that kept distracting me - for example, the author referring to 1922-26 as a three year period. Not a deal breaker, but the gaffes keep coming.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emma Dargue

    Good review of a monarch that I have read a fair bit about however some of the editing was a bit sloppy in the first two chapters getting titles and names of people totally mixed up which would make it difficult to read if you didn't already know the facts that this book got wrong. Good though. Good review of a monarch that I have read a fair bit about however some of the editing was a bit sloppy in the first two chapters getting titles and names of people totally mixed up which would make it difficult to read if you didn't already know the facts that this book got wrong. Good though.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    He saved the monarchy! The man who had no expectation or desire to be King of British Empire became a king who saw England through war, the dissolution of the Empire and save the monarchy that was becoming unpopular.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Great informational books Great and accurate information. Great for airline flights. Makes history interesting without a lot of unnecessary words. I have a much better understanding of the Royal monarchy of Great Britain.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Donnie Collins

    Another short historical read. I love the one hour history books. It is like reading a newspaper from the past on historical figures, I am never let down by the time spent reading.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Arlene

    A very concise but very good read I will read more in the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Janis

    Short & sweet. Informative. As the royals were all changing names, I had trouble keeping them straight. A little chart would be helpful.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    A synopsis really. I’d like a more in depth account of his history, but this was a good starting point.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nomi

    A very well written read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    There are much better overviews that this book. It is short enough to read at lunchtime, so that's a positive star. There are much better overviews that this book. It is short enough to read at lunchtime, so that's a positive star.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barbie Nickels anderson

    Easy read Just an easy read on the royal family. Nice to read during the polar vortex. Enjoyed this peak into the royal family.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fay

    😎 India dismal scheme McManus McManus banks marksman marksman Minsk since as a did and six winds stand. Dose name. did. Emma

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This was a short and interesting biography about King George VI. It was a free book and well worth my time.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paul Sutton

    Well-written, brief but detailed narrative

  26. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    Easy to read, quick overview of his life. Lots of grammar errors but not so bad that it's unreadable. Easy to read, quick overview of his life. Lots of grammar errors but not so bad that it's unreadable.

  27. 4 out of 5

    George Polansky

    An engaging snapshot of George VI.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Now I know him Thanks to Hourly History for filling in a gap in one's understanding of a great king. Must continue reading these! Now I know him Thanks to Hourly History for filling in a gap in one's understanding of a great king. Must continue reading these!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ira Grynyk

    Truly interesting short biography of a great king. However, I noticed a couple of mistakes with dates like with queen Elizabeth's birthday. Truly interesting short biography of a great king. However, I noticed a couple of mistakes with dates like with queen Elizabeth's birthday.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Rodriguez

    Eh This book isn’t very detailed and it seems to jump from one thing to the next with no transition. It’s probably a good read for someone who know’s nothing about King George VI.

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