Churchill and America (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 6, 2005 - History - 528 pages
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In this stirring book, Martin Gilbert tells the intensely human story of Winston Churchill's profound connection to America, a relationship that resulted in an Anglo-American alliance that has stood at the center of international relations for more than a century.
Winston Churchill, whose mother, Jennie Jerome, the daughter of a leading American entrepreneur, was born in Brooklyn in 1854, spent much of his seventy adult years in close contact with the United States. In two world wars, his was the main British voice urging the closest possible cooperation with the United States. From before the First World War, he understood the power of the United States, the "gigantic boiler," which, once lit, would drive the great engine forward.
Sir Martin Gilbert was appointed Churchill's official biographer in 1968 and has ever since been collecting archival and personal documentation that explores every twist and turn of Churchill's relationship with the United States, revealing the golden thread running through it of friendship and understanding despite many setbacks and disappointments. Drawing on this extensive store of Churchill's own words -- in his private letters, his articles and speeches, and press conferences and interviews given to American journalists on his numerous journeys throughout the United States -- Gilbert paints a rich portrait of the Anglo-American relationship that began at the turn of the last century.
Churchill first visited the United States in 1895, when he was twenty-one. During that first visit, he was invited to West Point and was fascinated by New York City. "What an extraordinary people the Americans are!" he wrote to his mother. "This is a very great country, my dear Jack," he told his brother. During three subsequent visits before the Second World War, he traveled widely and formed a clear understanding of both the physical and moral strength of Americans.
During the First World War, Churchill was Britain's Minister of Munitions, working closely with his American counterpart Bernard Baruch to secure the material needed for the joint war effort, and argued with his colleagues that it would be a grave mistake to launch a renewed assault before the Americans arrived.
Churchill's historic alliance with Franklin Roosevelt during the Second World War is brilliantly portrayed here with much new material, as are his subsequent ties with President Truman, which contributed to the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan.
In his final words to his Cabinet in 1955, on the eve of his retirement as Prime Minister, Churchill gave his colleagues this advice: "Never be separated from the Americans."
In Churchill and America, Gilbert explores how Churchill's intense rapport with this country resulted in no less than the liberation of Europe and the preservation of European democracy and freedom. It also set the stage for the ongoing alliance that has survived into the twenty-first century.
  

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Churchill and America is a book that had been on my reading stack for quite some time. Truth is, I had been putting it off, thinking that I just didn't have the focus to really concentrate on it. I ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One From Blenheim Palace to Buffalo Bill
1
Chapter Two The Tall Yankee and A Great Lusty Youth
10
Chapter Three Cuba and Beyond
18
Chapter Four How Little Time Remains
28
The Stormy Ocean of American Thought and Discussion
35
Chapter Six Dark Would Be the Day
45
Chapter Seven Churchill at War and a Neutral America
55
Chapter Eight The Future Destiny of the Englishspeaking Peoples
63
Chapter TwentySix Okay Full Blast
255
Chapter TwentySeven The Tact and Consideration Which the Harmony of the Common Cause Requires
266
Chapter TwentyEight If We Are Together Nothing Is Impossible
278
Our Band of Brothers
291
Chapter Thirty From Normandy to Quebec
301
Chapter ThirtyOne It Grieves Me Very Much to See Signs of Our Drifting Apart
314
Chapter ThirtyTwo Malta Yalta and Beyond
327
Chapter ThirtyThree We Must Make Sure That the United States Are with Us
342

Come Over as Quickly as Possible
72
Chapter Ten America Did Not Make Good
86
Chapter Eleven We Do Not Wish to Put Ourselves in the Power of the United States
97
Chapter Twelve United to Us by the Crimson Thread of Friendship
111
Chapter Thirteen Between Two Visits
124
Chapter Fourteen Theres No Baloney About Him at All
130
Chapter Fifteen Why Do Our Two Countries Not Take Counsel Together?
145
Chapter Sixteen A Union of Spirit
155
Chapter Seventeen Road To War
166
Chapter Eighteen Hope Burden Will Not Be Made Too Heavy for Us to Bear
175
Chapter Nineteen I Shall Drag the United States In
183
Chapter Twenty Until the Old Worldand the NewCan Join Hands
196
Chapter TwentyOne We Are No Longer Alone
212
Chapter TwentyTwo Five Monthys of Anguish
222
Chapter TwentyThree A Means of Waging More Effective War
230
Chapter TwentyFour American Blood Flowed in My Veins
235
All in It Together
246
Chapter ThirtyFour Britain Though a Smaller Power Than the United State Had Much To Give
353
Chapter ThirtyFive Fulton and Its Aftermath
364
Chapter ThirtySix I Have Always Worked For Friendship with the United States
378
Chapter ThirtySeven The Indefatigable Traveler
389
Chapter ThirtyEight I Marvel at Americas Altruism Her Sublime Disinterestedness
399
Chapter ThirtyNine We Must Not Cast Away a Single Hope However Slender
410
Chapter Forty Never Be Separated from the Americans
421
I Delight in My American Ancestry
437
Churchills American Visits
451
Maps
453
Bibliography
467
Illustration Credits
477
Index
479
About the Author
503
Photographs
504
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Martin Gilbert was named Winston Churchill's official biographer in 1968. He is the author of seventy-five books, among them the single-volume Churchill: A Life, his twin histories The First World War and The Second World War, the comprehensive Israel: A History, and his three-volume History of the Twentieth Century. An Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College, Michigan, he was knighted in 1995 "for services to British history and international relations," and in 1999 he was awarded a Doctorate of Literature by the University of Oxford for the totality of his published work.

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