How Winston and the Welsh Wizard made history.
Nov 17, 2008, Vol. 14, No. 09 • By DAVID AIKMAN
Of course, the two great wartime prime ministers had much more in common than their backgrounds suggest: Both were outsiders, mavericks, rebels against tradition and conformity. They were both intellectually brilliant--though Lloyd George was the more consistent to his own political principles--and each recognized and always responded to the virtues he saw in the other. Churchill always looked upon Lloyd George as mentor, an elder brother, the leader for whom he was "the lieutenant," never referring to any other politician in this deferential way.
David and Winston makes use of both material in the public domain and materials derived from family archives, and Robert Lloyd George's account of the politics of the Britain of Edward VII and George V is fluent--though it might have benefited from more background analysis of the key issues affecting both the Lloyd George/Churchill friendship and the points where they seriously differed on policy.
David Aikman is the author, most recently, of The Delusion of Disbelief.