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

Front Cover
Random House Publishing Group, Feb 2, 2010 - History - 496 pages
“Engaging and original, rich in anecdote and analysis, this is a terrific work of history.”—Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion

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.

Praise for Citizens of London

“Brilliantly bursting with beautiful prose, Olson flutters our hearts by capturing the essence of the public and private lives of those who faced death, touched the precipice, hung on by their eyelids, and saved the free world from destruction by the forces of evil.”—Bill Gardner, New Hampshire Secretary of State
 
“If you don't think there's any more to learn about the power struggles, rivalries and dramas—both personal and political—about the US-British aliance in the World War II years, this book will change your mind—and keep you turning the pages as well.”—Jeff Greenfield, Senior Political Correspondent, CBS News 

“Three fascinating Americans living in London helped cement the World War II alliance between Roosevelt and Churchill. Lynne Olson brings us the wonderful saga of Harriman, Murrow, and Winant. A triumph of research and storytelling, Citizens of London is history on an intimate level.”—Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein
 

What people are saying - Write a review

CITIZENS OF LONDON: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

User Review  - Kirkus

How the initially fragile Anglo-American alliance was forged in the perilous days of World War II.In early 1941, Britain was perilously close to being forced to surrender to Germany. Submarines were ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Laurel - Goodreads

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

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
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
A CHASE PILOTFIRST LAST AND ALWAYS
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

 
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.

Bibliographic information