THE WAR AND COLONEL WARDEN by Gerald Pawle

THE WAR AND COLONEL WARDEN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Colonel Warden"" was the wartime code name assigned to Winston Churchill. These recollections of Commander C.R. Thompson, the Royal Navy officer who arranged the PM's highly secret travels about the globe from 1940 to 1945, as set down by a professional writer, provide an absorbing account of World War II as seen from Downing Street. Averill Harriman's introduction is indicative of what follows -- for Harriman is typical of the great political and military figures -- Stalin, FDR, Molotov, Eisen-tower, among them -- encountered here. There are the Great Days too -- Churchill's visit to a beleaguered France, Dunkirk, the Rudolph Hess flight, the Bismarck battle seen from naval headquarters, the hassle to get the right general to beat Rommel, Churchill's travels to meet Stalin and FDR, FDR's death. The aftermath of Churchill's wartime career, his political defeat and the rise of the Socialist Era, comprise a but fascinating coda. Thompson's close observations of Churchill and colorful anecdotes about Stalin, FDR and many others offer an unusual inside aside to World War II coverage and Churchilliana.

Publisher: Knopf