Interview with Terry Reardon

Interview with Terry Reardon

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This Friday our author interview is with Terry Reardon, who is the author of the new release Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King. Terry tells us how he came up with the idea for his book and why he thinks it is so important that the younger generation learns about these two great men and the period of time that they lived through.

Caitlyn: Tell us about your book.

Terry: It covers the interaction between these two remarkable politicians during the almost fifty years that they knew each other; but it also covers the changes in their own countries during that period and the change in the relationship between Canada and what at the outset was the “Mother Country.”

Caitlyn: How did you come up with the idea for this work?

Terry: Some seven years ago professor David Dilks was in Canada promoting his book on Winston Churchill in Canada. At that time he said that there should be a book on Churchill and King but it had to be written by a Canadian. As no one else took up his challenge I decided to.

Caitlyn: How did you come up with the title?

Terry: The Title was obviously a “no-brainer.” The sub title “So Similar, So Different,” just came to me after I started on the project. Most people would agree with the “So Different” but the more I worked on the book the more I realized that they were so similar in many ways – large egos; 100% confidence in their decisions, even when they were in the minority; highly moral with King having a religious belief but Churchill, a self confessed agnostic, stating that the order of the world had to be a moral order; great courage when the ‘chips were down’ with King changing from being a strong supporter of appeasement with Hitler, to being a fierce opponent of the Nazis and giving his and his country’s 100% support to Churchill and Britain.

Caitlyn: Tell us a little about the overarching theme of your work, and why you felt compelled to explore it.

Terry: Even before I started I knew that the book would not be just a narrative of their relationship but of the part played by Canada in re-shaping the British Empire to the British Commonwealth and probably even more important being the assistance given by Canada to Britain in the early years of the war, without which help Britain would probably not have survived; thus how crucial this was for the future of the free world.

Caitlyn: Did you have a specific readership in mind when you wrote your book?

Terry: Canadian history is poorly known by most and I strongly felt that everyone, especially the young, should know the sacrifices that previous generations gave for the freedom and way of life they enjoy.

Terry Reardon began his career in English banking, continuing in Canada. Bridging both countries sparked his interest in the relationship between Prime Ministers Churchill and King. A director of the International Churchill Society in Canada, Reardon is also on the editorial board of Finest Hour, the Churchillian magazine. He lives in Toronto.