Franklin And Winston: An Intimate Portrait Of An Epic Friendship

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 490 pages
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The most complete portrait ever drawn of the complex emotional connection between two of history's towering leaders

Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of “the Greatest Generation.” In Franklin and Winston, Jon Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who piloted the free world to victory in World War II. It was a crucial friendship, and a unique one—a president and a prime minister spending enormous amounts of time together (113 days during the war) and exchanging nearly two thousand messages. Amid cocktails, cigarettes, and cigars, they met, often secretly, in places as far-flung as Washington, Hyde Park, Casablanca, and Teheran, talking to each other of war, politics, the burden of command, their health, their wives, and their children.

Born in the nineteenth century and molders of the twentieth and twenty-first, Roosevelt and Churchill had much in common. Sons of the elite, students of history, politicians of the first rank, they savored power. In their own time both men were underestimated, dismissed as arrogant, and faced skeptics and haters in their own nations—yet both magnificently rose to the central challenges of the twentieth century. Theirs was a kind of love story, with an emotional Churchill courting an elusive Roosevelt. The British prime minister, who rallied his nation in its darkest hour, standing alone against Adolf Hitler, was always somewhat insecure about his place in FDR's affections—which was the way Roosevelt wanted it. A man of secrets, FDR liked to keep people off balance, including his wife, Eleanor, his White House aides—and Winston Churchill.

Confronting tyranny and terror, Roosevelt and Churchill built a victorious alliance amid cataclysmic events and occasionally conflicting interests. Franklin and Winston is also the story of their marriages and their families, two clans caught up in the most sweeping global conflict in history.

Meacham's new sources—including unpublished letters of FDR's great secret love, Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd, the papers of Pamela Churchill Harriman, and interviews with the few surviving people who were in FDR and Churchill's joint company—shed fresh light on the characters of both men as he engagingly chronicles the hours in which they decided the course of the struggle.

Hitler brought them together; later in the war, they drifted apart, but even in the autumn of their alliance, the pull of affection was always there. Charting the personal drama behind the discussions of strategy and statecraft, Meacham has written the definitive account of the most remarkable friendship of the modern age.


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Review: Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship

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As far as Meacham's books go, this one falls squarely in the middle. I absolutely loved American Lion but wasn't terribly fond of The Art of Power. Meacham promises "an intimate portrait of an epic ... Read full review

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A fascinating narrative of the friendship between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Spencer Churchill during World War II ... a relationship which heavily influenced the outcome of that war and ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
4
CH lIl1R 2
37
Grrrmc ON FAMOUSLY
136
H A PTF R 6
167
You May Kiss My Hand
197
8
226
THE CHILL or AUTUMN
242
CH lTlik
309
Thems My Sentiments Exactly
365
Their Days and Nights A Summary of
371
Source Notes 381
382
CHAPTER 9
393
CHAPTER 3
400
CHAPTER 10
432
Bibliography
449
Photograph Credits
469

CHAPTER 13
337

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About the author (2004)

Jon Meacham is the managing editor of Newsweek. Born in Chattanooga in 1969, he is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The editor of Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement, Meacham lives in New York City with his wife and son.


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