Franklin and Winston

Franklin and Winston

An Intimate Portrait of An Epic Friendship

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FRANKLIN AND WINSTON is the fullest portrait to date of the complex emotional connection between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, the two men who led the Free World to victory in World War 11. At the time, there had never been anything like the friendship between the two men, and there has not been anything really like it since: a President and Prime Minister spending enormous amounts of time together (120 days during the war), fishing, smoking, and drinking late into the night in places as far-flung as the White House, Casablanca, and Tehran, talking to one another of politics, war, family, and illness. Theirs was one of the most political of friendships, moments they spent deciding the course of World V kind of world would emerge from the conflict. It is each tried to manage and influence the other. It is a greatest global conflict in history. but the personal element was also very real to them. Jon Meacham's book chronicles the Var II uawhere the Allies would land, who would control the atomic bomb, and what a psychological portrait of their alliance: what they thought of one another and how ilso the story of their marriages and their families, two fascinating clans caught up in the greatest global conflict in history.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375505003
0375505008
Branch Call Number: 940.532 MEACHAM
Characteristics: xx, 490 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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Aw_19 Mar 02, 2016

This was a unique approach to two major historical figures of the 20th century. Meacham gives you an inside look into how the these leaders interacted, argued and strived to achieve their own interests all while defeating the Axis powers. If you have any interest in the Second World War, Churchill or Roosevelt, then this should be on your bookshelf.

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Jun 19, 2011

This is a fascinating study of one of the most important relationships of the 20th century. Although Churchill could not recall having met FDR at the tail-end of WWI, they opened their relationship soon after Churchill returned to the cabinet as First Lord of the Admiralty.
The book is more intimate in tone than others I have read on this subject. Without this close association it is conceivable that Great Britain may have been subjugated by Nazi Germany. The relationship spawned that curious arrangement known as lend lease which sidestepped America’s Neutrality Act when public opinion there was dead set against involvement in the European war.
While Roosevelt grappled with public opinion, he helped as much as he dared. As their relationship grew deeper, the author treats it almost as if it was a love story. We watch Churchill on the haunt and succeeding with FDR even though his character was more elusive than Churchill’s. Both men had many things in common- patrician by birth, private school educations (public school in Churchill’s case) Exposure to the naval forces – Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty twice and Churchill as Under Secretary of the Navy in WWI. Both endured hardships dissimilar but character building. Both were used to and possessed commanding presence. Both were great actors on the political stage. Both men had a far reaching view of events – perhaps FDR’s was a longer view but both men realized the danger of Nazi Germany.
We see the relationship go through it ups and downs especially when Stalin entered the picture. The author notes how FDR turned on Churchill ganging up on him with Stalin. Churchill chagrined and angry but was always eager to continue the relationship. The deep sadness that Churchill felt at FDR’s death, we see them at their many conferences making far-reaching decisions on the progress of the war. We also see the sadness that pervaded Churchill when he realized that America was going to overtake Great Britain as a world power.
This is an excellent book, with great in-depth research and fine writing. Those who have an interest in one of the pivotal moments of history should read this book and those who have heard a little bit about the relationship between Churchill and FDR should also enjoy this book.

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