Roosevelts And Royals

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"Fascinating and well researched.... Dr. Swift is the first to concentrate on this unusual subject with such a wealth of sympathetic detail."
- Sarah Bradford, author of "America' s Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth: A Biography of Britain' s Queen," and "The Reluctant King: The Life and Reign of George VI, 1895— 1952"

"A splendid addition to our understanding of an extraordinary Anglo-American partnership. Both intimate and expansive, Will ...

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The Roosevelts and the Royals: Franklin and Eleanor, the King and Queen of England, and the Friendship That Changed History

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Overview

Advance Praise

"Fascinating and well researched.... Dr. Swift is the first to concentrate on this unusual subject with such a wealth of sympathetic detail."
- Sarah Bradford, author of "America' s Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth: A Biography of Britain' s Queen," and "The Reluctant King: The Life and Reign of George VI, 1895— 1952"

"A splendid addition to our understanding of an extraordinary Anglo-American partnership. Both intimate and expansive, Will Swift' s vigorously researched book is timely, illuminating, and dramatic."
- Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of "Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 1: 1884-1933" and "Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 2: The Defining Years, 1933-1938"

"The Anglo-American alliance has long been a bedrock of the global order, and Will Swift' s The Roosevelts and the Royals details an important chapter in that fascinating story with warmth and verve."
- Jon Meacham, author of "Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship"

"Those who remember only that the Roosevelts served hot dogs to the royals will be fascinated by this well-researched account of an historic and ennobling relationship- a great story!"
- James MacGregor Burns, author of "The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America" and "Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom"

"A gripping account of four very different lives that were woven together to change the world in wartime."
- Hugo Vickers, author of "Cecil Beaton and Alice: Princess Andrew of Greece"

"Written in fluid and lucid prose, this book is not only eminently readable but also historically illuminating.It explores the contrasting personalities of the four main protagonists with skill and insight and it is both convincing and refreshingly candid."
- Brian Roberts, author of "Randolph: A Study of Churchill' s Son and Cecil Rhodes and the Princess"

"This book brings to life my grandmother and her royal friends. Reading it, I found myself reliving the times I shared with them. A wonderful story."
- Nina Roosevelt Gibson, Ph.D., psychologist and granddaughter of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt

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Editorial Reviews

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Comparative politics involving Great Britain and the United States during the 20th century forms the background for this book, which traces the lives of two couples, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. British amateur historian Swift elucidates the monarchical aspect of World War II, which is typical slighted; accounts tend to focus on the American presidency and the British prime ministership. Swift starts with George VI's visit to the United States shortly before the outbreak - a first for a British monarch. The climax of the four-day visit was on June 11, when the Roosevelts served the king and queen hot dogs at Hyde Park in what became the most famous picnic in U. S. history, symbolizing the two nations' new democratic bond. The book covers the entire lives of its subjects and presents FDR and the queen as natural politicians from whom their spouses had to learn. Although the subtitle is pure hype, this realistic book will appeal to those interested in the history of World War II, the British monarchy, and the Roosevelts. Recommended for public and academic libraries. - William D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport ("Library Journal", July 2004)

."..well written, meticulously detailed...a very fine book..." ("Royalty Digest", September 2004)

"Realistic...will appeal to those interested in the history of World War II, the British monarchy, and the Roosevelts. Recommended." (Revised "Library Journal" excerpt for Will Swift's "The Roosevelts and the Royals")

"Delicious...engaging...convincing...covers a wide swath of history....you will want to keep reading until it is all gone." ("Albany Times Union")

Publishers Weekly
This melodramatically subtitled footnote to history by Swift, a longtime writer on royal history for Majesty magazine, focuses on the brief visits, in the summer of 1939, by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Washington, D.C., and Hyde Park. Foreign visits by heads of state are carefully choreographed. This one was especially so, as the president was wheelchair-bound and the king, more withdrawn than his outgoing queen, was a stammerer and still new to his role as sovereign. On both sides of the Atlantic, the abdication of Edward VIII to marry a twice-divorced American was still deplored. The colorless George VI was on probation. Massive press hype-as well as diplomatic reticence-made the brief visits, which also included a stop at the New York World's Fair, a success. King George was still colorless, but few noticed, and his royal style during the war beginning that September was sufficiently self-effacing and quietly steadfast to erase concerns about his authority on the throne. Even stretched with asides, though, the royal progress encompasses only 47 pages. The rest- following the protagonists from the 1880s to the 1950s-is padding. A passionate collector of royal memorabilia, Swift has packaged a book for collectors of royal memorabilia. 44 b&w illus. (July 2) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Comparative politics involving Great Britain and the United States during the 20th century forms the background for this book, which traces the lives of two couples, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. British amateur historian Swift elucidates the monarchical aspect of World War II, which is typically slighted; accounts tend to focus on the American presidency and the British prime ministership. Swift starts with George VI's visit to the United States shortly before the outbreak-a first for a British monarch. The climax of the four-day visit was on June 11, when the Roosevelts served the king and queen hot dogs at Hyde Park in what became the most famous picnic in U.S. history, symbolizing the two nations' new democratic bond. The book covers the entire lives of its subjects and presents FDR and the queen as natural politicians from whom their spouses had to learn. Although the subtitle is pure hype, this realistic book will appeal to those interested in the history of World War II, the British monarchy, and the Roosevelts. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-William D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471459620
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/7/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 797,396
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

WILL SWIFT, Ph.D., writes on American leaders and British royalty of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is also a practicing clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive and marital therapy. Swift founded the Royalty Bookshop in Manhattan and the royal history and collecting journal Sceptre, and he has curated several major exhibitions on royal history, including one celebrating the Queen Mother's 100th birthday in 2000. Swift lives in Manhattan and in the historic Nathan Wild House, once visited by FDR, in Valatie, New York. His Web site is www.willswift.com.

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Table of Contents

Prologue : a picnic savored around the world 1
1 Eleanor and Franklin, 1882-1918 5
2 Bertie and Elizabeth, 1895-1920 18
3 A radical partnership, 1920-1934 27
4 The happy Yorks, 1920-1933 38
5 Rocking the world, 1934-1938 50
6 Joining forces, January 1938-April 1939 70
7 A genius for publicity, May 1-June 7, 1939 91
8 Conquering Washington, June 8-9, 1939 108
9 Hot dog diplomacy, June 10-11, 1939 128
10 "Our heats are near breaking," June 1939-November 1940 152
11 The propaganda campaign, November 1940-December 1941 167
12 Hitting close to home, January-October 1942 182
13 Eleanor in England, 1942 190
14 A perfect team, January 1943-July 1944 235
15 Death before victory, July 1944-April 1945 251
16 Starting over, April 1945-November 1947 266
17 Walking with death, April 1948-February 1952 278
18 First ladies of the world, February 1952-November 1954 293
19 Valiant for friendship, February 1954-August 1967 306
Epilogue : the lessons of history 322
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book isn't for the casual reader who has no interest in history. If, however, you enjoy reading on American, British or political history, this book is indeed outstanding. For me it was both an excellent non-fiction book illuminating a little known period of history and a thoroughly enjoyable summer read. Full bibliography and text notes as well as a smooth writing style made this book well worth picking up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    A Remarkable Combination

    This book is really unusual. It's an extremely interesting historical view of an entire era as seen through the eyes of leading characters of the times. It's backed up by tons of scholarly source notes, BUT--it's really entertaining and fun to read. What a winner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Fascinating

    --a great story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2004

    A fine example of a 5 Star documentaition of History

    My book just arrived and I have been devouring it ever since. Being 23, I did not grow up during President Roosevelt and King George¿s time and so I never knew the real story behind the King & Queen¿s relationship with our president. Along with historical information, the author included anecdotal stories of great importance which document how close of a relationship our 2 nation¿s leaders shared. The writing style is fantastic and actually places the reader in a position to feel they have experienced the history as if it were occurring in the present. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in history, whether it be of Presidents, Royalty, or History. It is absolutely fascinating and well researched and just plain enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2004

    Captivating Royal Biography

    THE ROOSEVELTS AND THE ROYALS is an inspirational biography of the fascinating relationship of four of history's more recent 'players': Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. It reads like a captivating novel yet is solidly based on throrough, academic research. The author achieves a wonderful balance of personal and enchanting stories like the hot dog picnic at Hyde Park with the important and unique roles each of these people played in national and international events. Will Swift has done an outstanding job of capturing both the nuances and the big picture of an entire era that these leaders presided over.

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