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

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 2, 2010 - History - 496 pages
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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Prior to US entry WWI 1. John Gilbert Winant — 3V NH gov. Rep. w/ Dem. Beliefs went US party — sacrificed self (ed. St Paul's NH + **** — modeled on Eton) Read full review

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In Citizens Of London , Lynne Olsen submits a well researched narrative of British-American relations from the years 1938 to 1946. We witness an indepth study of the forging of alliance through the ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
THERES NO PLACE ID RATHER BE THAN IN ENGLAND
YOU ARE THE BEST REPORTER IN ALL OF EUROPE
THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME
HE SEEMS TO GET CONFIDENCE IN HAVING US AROUND
MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY
MR HARRIMAN ENJOYS MY COMPLETE CONFIDENCE
I WANT TO BE IN IT WITH YOUFROM THE START
PEARL HARBOR ATTACKED?
CREATING THE ALLIANCE
AN ENGLISHMAN SPOKE IN GROSVENOR SQUARE
HELL NEVER LET US DOWN
ARE WE FIGHTING NAZIS OR SLEEPING WITH THEM?
THE FORGOTTEN ALLIES
A CAUL OF PRIVILEGE Photo Insert
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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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