Troublesome Young Men

Troublesome Young Men : the Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power in 1940 and Helped to Save Britain

4.2 (820 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$26.29

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


Those four troublesome young men had attended Eton and Harrow, Cambridge and Oxford. They lived in Belgravia and Mayfair and owned sprawling country houses. They were part of the small, clubby network that dominated English society. And now they were doing the unthinkable: trying to topple Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, the leader of their own party. The Chamberlain government seemed to want a minimal war that would cost as little as possible. In Britain there was doubt, cynicism, apathy and distrust. But on 13 May all that would change and Churchill, swept centre stage, would give his celebrated speech: 'You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: victory.' In the past six decades, the emergence of Winston Churchill as the saviour of Britain has come to be viewed as an almost preordained event. But, as a Cabinet member, Churchill had been a staunch supporter of Chamberlain, and his imminent leadership seemed far from inevitable.
Amery, Boothby, Cartland and Macmillan (later to be prime minister himself) were seen as being disloyal in a time of war, violating the norms of their clannish, upper-class society, and for that they were vilified as traitors to their class, party, government and country. But without them, Churchill might never have come to power. Troublesome Young Men is their story.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 153 x 234mm | 865g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747581916
  • 9780747581918
  • 1,120,635

Review quote

PRIAISE FOR 'A QUESTION OF HONOUR: The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II' 'A tribute to the Polish fighting spirit, and a well-written war history about a distant but very good neighbour' Alan Furst 'One of the most shameful episodes of the Cold War' Sir John Keegan 'This book presents us with one of the most disgraceful ethical horrors of World War II' Robert Conquest
show more

About Lynne Olson

Lynne Olson is the author of two books with her husband Stanley Cloud, The Murrow Boys and A Question of Honour. They live in Washington, D. C.
show more

Rating details

820 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 42% (342)
4 41% (333)
3 15% (122)
2 2% (13)
1 1% (10)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X