In May 1940 Britain was at war with Germany 'without arms, without faith, without trust' - but waiting in the wings were a small group of Tory rebels (Macmillan, Amery, Cartland and Boothby) who would change the course of history. This is the true story of how Churchill came to lead Britain.
Ms. Olson writes well, and has to my limited knowledge culled the secondary sources well for her work. Above all, she is to be commended for writing, in this day and age, a book which lays out clearly that there is a difference between good and evil. Well done. Highly recommended.
And a damned good novel at that.
I enjoyed this book enormously
I think most people know about Winston Churchill's heroism and leadership through the Second World War. This book brought an added dimension in talking about Churchill as a parliamentarian and a party member who was very loyal to his leader, Neville Chamberlain, even though he completely disagreed with Chamberlain's policies.
Ms. Olson also brought depth of knowledge about the young Tory "rebels" who brought Churchill to power, complete with the backroom alliances and political intrigue that made this book a page turner!
I literally woke up in the middle of the night, after all the kids were in bed, so I could read this book - and I work full-time, so it wasn't that I would simply catch up on sleep the next day.
This book is so well-written, so masterfully told, so insightful that I really have no words for it.
I thought I was fairly educated on the beginnings of WWII politics, but I knew nothing until I read Troublesome Young Men. It is the story of a handful of courageous men who stepped forward, of men of honor like Ronald Cartland, of men of bright character (and often characters themselves) who not only recognized the horror of Hitler but risked their own reputations, and often their own lives, to make certain that he would be defeated.