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Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendshipby Jon Meacham
Synopses & Reviews
This is at once an important, insightful, and highly entertaining portrait of two men at the peak of their powers who, through their genius, common will, and uncommon friendship, saved the world. Jon Meacham's Franklin and Winston takes its place in the front ranks of all that has been written about these two great men.
--Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation
Franklin and Winston is a sensitive, perceptive, and absorbing portrait of the friendship that saved the democratic world in the greatest war in history.
--Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., author of The Age of Roosevelt
Jon Meacham has done groundbreaking work by focusing on the World War II alliance between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill as a friendship. Using important new sources, he has brought us a shrewd, original, sensitive, and fascinating look at the many-layered relationship between these two towering human beings, as well as their friends, families, aides, and allies. The book reveals the emotional undercurrents that linked FDR and Churchill--and sometimes estranged them--and teases out which of the ties between them were heartfelt and which were based on raw mutual political need. Meacham triumphantly shows how lucky we are that Roosevelt and Churchill were in power together during some of the most threatening moments of the twentieth century.
--Michael Beschloss, author of The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945
The relationship between FDR and Churchill was the most important political friendship of the twentieth century, not only determining the outcome of World War II but also setting a pattern that has endured ever since. Jon Meacham brings it to vivid life, shedding new insights into its strange and poignant complexity, and why its legacy has helped shape the modern world.
--Richard Holbrooke, author of To End a War
Jon Meacham enlivens the two men, their families, and their personal relations and relationships, providing a human context for the world-shaping leaders of the Anglo-American alliance during the Second World War.
--Warren F. Kimball, author of Forged in War: Roosevelt, Churchill, and the Second World War
From the Hardcover edition.
A definitive account of a historic friendship provides a close-up look at the complex relationship between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill and its seminal influence on the course of World War II, examining each man and their feelings toward each other, their families, and their individual attempts to manage and influence each other. 100,000 first printing.
The most complete portrait ever drawn of the complex emotional connection between two of history's towering leaders Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of the Greatest Generation. In [this volume, the author] explores the ... relationship between the two men who piloted the free world to victory in World War II. It was a crucial friendship, and a unique one7a president and a prime minister spending enormous amounts of time together (113 days during the war) and exchanging nearly two thousand messages. Amid cocktails, cigarettes, and cigars, they met, often secretly, in places as far-flung as Washington, Hyde Park, Casablanca, and Teheran, talking to each other of war, politics, the burden of command, their health, their wives, and their children. Born in the nineteenth century and molders of the twentieth and twenty-first, Roosevelt and Churchill had much in common. Sons of the elite, students of history, politicians of the first rank, they savored power. In their own time both men were underestimated, dismissed as arrogant, and faced skeptics and haters in their own nations yet both magnificently rose to the central challenges of the twentieth century. Theirs was a kind of love story, with an emotional Churchill courting an elusive Roosevelt. The British prime minister, who rallied his nation in its darkest hour, standing alone against Adolf Hitler, was always somewhat insecure about his place in FDR's affections which was the way Roosevelt wanted it. A man of secrets, FDR liked to keep people off balance, including his wife, Eleanor, his White House aides and Winston Churchill. Confronting tyranny and terror, Roosevelt and Churchill built a victorious alliance amid cataclysmic events and occasionally conflicting interests. Franklin and Winston is also the story of their marriages and their families, two clans caught up in the most sweeping global conflict in history. [In the volume, he] has written [an] account of the most remarkable friendship of the modern age.-Dust jacket.
About the Author
Jon Meacham is the managing editor of Newsweek. Born in Chattanooga in 1969, he is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The editor of Voices in Our Blood: America’s Best on the Civil Rights Movement, Meacham lives in New York City with his wife and son.
Table of Contents
Introduction : A fortunate friendship — Part 1. In God's good time : beginnings to late Fall 1941. Two lions roaring at the same time — Those bloody Yankees — Jesus Christ! What a man!-- Lunching alone broke the ice — Part 2. Getting on famously : winter 1941 to late summer 1943. A couple of emperors — I think of you often — You may kiss my hand — I know he means to meet Stalin — Part 3. The chill of Autumn : fall 1943 to the end. I had to do something desperate — The hour was now striking — Life is not very easy — I saw WSC to say goodbye — You know how this will hit me — Epilogue: Them's my sentiments exactly — Appendix: Their days and nights: a summary of the Roosevelt-Churchill meetings, 1941-1945.
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