Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood With Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

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RANDOM HOUSE, 2011 - History - 471 pages
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The acclaimed author of Troublesome Young Men reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, the handsome, chain-smoking head of CBS News in Europe; Averell Harriman, the hard-driving millionaire who ran FDR’s Lend-Lease program in London; and John Gilbert Winant, the shy, idealistic U.S. ambassador to Britain. Each man formed close ties with Winston Churchill—so much so that all became romantically involved with members of the prime minister’s family. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Lynne Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and reluctant American public to back the British at a critical time. Deeply human, brilliantly researched, and beautifully written, Citizens of London is a new triumph from an author swiftly becoming one of the finest in her field.
 

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I loved this book. Anyone who has interest in Winston Churchill, WWII in Europe, or toured the museum at 10 Downing Street in London -- I think you will enjoy it too. It was a fascinating take on the ... Read full review

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This is a must read for people who enjoy World War II books. The book focuses on 3 primary characters, Ed Murrow (the famous CBS broadcaster), Averell Harriman (FDR's man serving as the rep for the ... Read full review

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Contents

THERES NO PLACE ID RATHER BE THAN IN ENGLAND
3
YOU ARE THE BEST REPORTER IN ALL OF EUROPE
27
THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME
53
lo HE SEEMS TO GET CONFIDENCE IN HAVING US AROUND
75
MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY
95
MR HARRIMAN ENIOYS MY COMPLETE CONFIDENCE
114
PEARL HARBOR ATTACKED?
138
CREATING THE ALLIANCE
147
lb A CAUL OF PRIVILEGE
227
I5 A CHASE PILOTFIRST LAST AND ALWAYS
248
I6 CROSSING THE OCEAN DOESNT AUTOMATICALLY
272
I7 YOU WILL FIND US LINING UP WITH THE RUSSIANS 193
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I8 WOULD THE DAMN THING WORK?
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I9 CRISIS IN THE ALLIANCE
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FINIS
354
WE ALL LOST A FRIEND IN M
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IO AN ENGLISHMAN SPOKE IN GROSVENOR SQUARE
163
HELL NEVER LET US DOWN
176
I2 ARE WE FIGHTING NAZIS OR SLEEPING WITH THEM?
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I3 THE FORGOTTEN ALLIES
205
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
441
INDEX
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Lynne Olson, a former Moscow correspondent for the Associated Press and White House correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, is the author of Troublesome Young Men and Freedom’s Daughters and co-author, with her husband, Stanley Cloud, of A Question of Honor and The Murrow Boys. She lives in Washington, D.C.


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