In many respects, this is a rather remarkable book, as it highlights the pivotal role Mackenzie King played in the relationship between Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. As Canada’s longest serving Prime Minister, King was able to act as a bridge between these two strong-willed leaders. This was particularly crucial when Britain was facing Hitler, largely alone, before America’s entry into the war. King played a crucial role in establishing the links that resulted in the Lend Lease Program, a vital life line during this darkest hour.
King’s role is often overlooked along with Canada’s major contribution to the war effort.
Author Neville Thompson draws extensively from King’s personal diaries. In many respects the diaries give us an intimate look into the lives of these three wartime leaders. Their friendship was strong, genuine and abiding despite some marked differences in policy.
This book is ideal for those who value a close-up look at history, and how it unfolds at the upper echelons of political power, or those who have a keen interest in these WWII leaders. In many respects, the book is deserving of a five star rating, but it lacks the polish and top level editing needed for that score. Yet for those who treasure Second World War history, it is well worth reading.