Churchill and America

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 6, 2005 - History - 528 pages
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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This book explores Churchill's relationship with America. Both his biological, financial, and political. It's not a full spectrum biography and really sticks to it's narrow scope. A bit dry but struck ... Read full review

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

Come Over as Quickly as Possible
Chapter Ten America Did Not Make Good
Chapter Eleven We Do Not Wish to Put Ourselves in the Power of the United States
Chapter Twelve United to Us by the Crimson Thread of Friendship
Chapter Thirteen Between Two Visits
Chapter Fourteen Theres No Baloney About Him at All
Chapter Fifteen Why Do Our Two Countries Not Take Counsel Together?
Chapter Sixteen A Union of Spirit
Chapter Seventeen Road To War
Chapter Eighteen Hope Burden Will Not Be Made Too Heavy for Us to Bear
Chapter Nineteen I Shall Drag the United States In
Chapter Twenty Until the Old Worldand the NewCan Join Hands
Chapter TwentyOne We Are No Longer Alone
Chapter TwentyTwo Five Monthys of Anguish
Chapter TwentyThree A Means of Waging More Effective War
Chapter TwentyFour American Blood Flowed in My Veins
All in It Together
Chapter ThirtyFour Britain Though a Smaller Power Than the United State Had Much To Give
Chapter ThirtyFive Fulton and Its Aftermath
Chapter ThirtySix I Have Always Worked For Friendship with the United States
Chapter ThirtySeven The Indefatigable Traveler
Chapter ThirtyEight I Marvel at Americas Altruism Her Sublime Disinterestedness
Chapter ThirtyNine We Must Not Cast Away a Single Hope However Slender
Chapter Forty Never Be Separated from the Americans
I Delight in My American Ancestry
Churchills American Visits
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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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