THE PEOPLE'S KING by John Buchan


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Has the chance of a more popular sale than Somervell's The Reign of King George the Fifth (see page 124) in that it is a more personal account of the same period in England's history, and the events of these years are handled from the angle of cause and effect in the psychology of the English people, rather than as simple chronicle. The king stands out very slightly more, throughout the book; there are occasional anecdotes which color his personality. But, in both books, it is evident that the authors are too close to their subject to present him as human being, dispassionately. To Buchan he is essentially a symbol; he analyzes the importance of the office; he characterizes the king as the ""head of the family"".

Pub Date: May 1st, 1935
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin