The King’s Speech: good movie, very bad history. – By Christopher Hitchens – Slate Magazine
The Book Club spent Christmas Day at the movies. We started out with True Grit: NOT a Christmas theme and NOT my kind of movie. But all was not lost; just in the adjacent movie theatre we heard the audience clapping at the end of The King’s Speech. A few hours later, we were clapping, too. The King’s Speech portrayed an iconic time and place. A new king unable to communicate with his people; a nation facing a great war against evil; a courageous government standing firm and together. We want to believe that it all happened just like “in the movie.” Since I am “walking with Christopher” these days, I have come to know that he is rather well versed in historical politics. Here is his take on The King’s Speech!