The Wall Street Journal is running this excerpt from WHEN LIONS ROAR: The Churchills and The Kennedys, about Churchill spending Christmas 1941 at the White House, planning war strategy with President Roosevelt. Please do pick up the book for your favorite reader!
Sunday, December 21, 2014
A Wartime White House Christmas With Churchill: Wall Street Journal Op-Ed from WHEN LIONS ROAR: The Churchills and The Kennedys
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
HARDBALL's Chris Matthews Reviews and Praises WHEN LIONS ROAR: The Churchills and the Kennedys; Chartwell Bulletin Offers Interview with Author
There's a terrific review of WHEN LIONS ROAR: The Churchills and the Kennedys" contained in The Churchill Centre's latest newsletter, The Chartwell Bulletin, which is written by television Hardball's Chris Matthews. You can read it all here on their website and you can also take a peek at my interview with Chris Matthews on Hardball recently and Chris's televised editorial about Churchill and Kennedy citing my book. (Many thanks to Chris, an author and journalist I've long admired).
Along with the review, the Churchill Centre also offered this interview with me about the new book.
Hope you enjoy!
Best TV of the Year? NYTimes, Variety, Rolling Stone and Others Call "Masters of Sex" one of TV's top programs in 2014: "Never Plays It Safe", says RS, a fitting tribute.
The New York Times, Variety, Rolling Stone include "MASTERS OF SEX" on their best of the year lists. In talking about the "Fight" episode from Season 2 this year, Rolling Stone said:
"The episode "Fight" sums up everything that makes Masters of Sex so devastating. The 1950s sex researchers — played by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan — sneak off to a posh hotel, under fake names, for a little horizontal (and vertical) (plus diagonal) lab work. Strictly business, all in the name of science. But all the bedroom role-playing opens up the NSFW feelings they spend the rest of their lives ignoring. They expose the flesh under their bathrobes — as well as way too much of the pain under their flesh. An hour of erotic agony, from a drama that never plays it safe.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
WHEN LIONS ROAR: The Churchills and the Kennedys: Several Good Reasons to Learn about JFK, Winston Churchill and Their Dynasty
- "When Lions Roar makes for riveting reading from start to finish.” – WASHINGTON POST
- "When Lions Roar -- you gotta get this book," HARDBALL's Chris Matthews.
- "A captivating chronicle" -- USA TODAY.
- "I want that -- I'm bringing that home!" Mika Brzezinski, MORNING JOE
- “A well-researched historical masterpiece.” –BookReporter.com
Monday, December 8, 2014
Chris Matthews' HARDBALL gives high praise for "WHEN LIONS ROAR: The Churchills and the Kennedys", talking about these two great families with author. Then Chris weighs in with his own editorial about Winston Churchill and JFK.
For many years, I've admired the work of Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC's "HARDBALL". And so, I was delighted that he read all of "WHEN LIONS ROAR: The Churchills and the Kennedys" and invited me on the show. We talked about the impact of Churchill on JFK, and about the relationship of fathers and sons in these dynastic families.
And after our segment, Chris weighed in again with an editorial about "WHEN LIONS ROAR" with his own thoughts about Churchill and JFK.
Thanks again to Chris Matthews and the HARDBALL producers for all your kind words!
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Compare Churchill and JFK? Watch HARDBALL on Monday 12/8 at 7PM For Discussion about WHEN LIONS ROAR: The Churchills and the Kennedys.
I'm scheduled to be on HARDBALL Monday night to talk with host Chris Matthews about my new book WHEN LIONS ROAR: The Churchills and the Kennedys. Hope you enjoy! -Thomas Maier
Salon Runs Excerpt from WHEN LIONS ROAR: What Young Churchill Learned -- or Didn't-- from that American Sage Mark Twain: Read the Excerpt from the Book
Churchill’s encounter with Mark Twain appears in the former’s 1930 autobiography, My Early Life, certainly one of his most revealing books. On display in it are the conflicting themes of Winston’s life: his tortured relationship with his famous father, whose legacy he strove to exceed; his sense of being half-American despite an unswerving loyalty to the British Crown; and his fascination with war, both as an adventurer-writer and a statesman-politician who deeply understood the power of words.
Monday, December 1, 2014
WHEN LIONS ROAR Gets Great Review in Washington Post; Talking about Churchills and Kennedys on Morning Joe; also check out Salon excerpt
"Weaving the life stories of nearly 30 Churchills and Kennedys into a seamless narrative, Maier smartly anchors his reportage on the clans’ larger-than-life cornerstones: Winston Churchill and Joseph Kennedy. The sheer accumulation of colorful anecdotes in “When Lions Roar” makes for riveting reading from start to finish.... Maier documents the two patriarchs’ ups and downs during the war quite well. It rains espionage, skullduggery, adultery and parlor gossip in the World War II chapters. But it’s Maier’s ability to substantiate various bold claims with original Cold War-era research that is most impressive. His most startling revelation has to do with Churchill’s clamor to drop atomic weapons on the Soviet Union in the early Truman years. Although estranged during World War II, Churchill and Kennedy became Cold War allies in their searing distrust of the Soviet Union. Maier writes brilliantly about Churchill’s historic visit to Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., on March 5, 1946. ...By the 1960s, the drama shifts to Churchill’s son Randolph, as well as Kennedy’s son Jack. Maier does an admirable job of documenting JFK’s lifelong obsession with all things Churchill.