Franklin and Winston

Franklin and Winston : A Portrait of a Friendship

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By (author) Jon Meacham

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Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of 'the Greatest Generation'. In Franklin and Winston, Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who piloted the free world to victory in the Second World War. It was a crucial and unique friendship: a president and a prime minister spending enormous amounts of time together and exchanging nearly two thousand messages. Amid cocktails and cigars, they met, often secretly, in places as far-flung as Washington, Hyde Park and Casablanca, talking to each other of war, the burden of command, their health, their wives, and their children. Meacham's new sources, including unpublished letters of Roosevelt's great secret love, Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd, the papers of Pamela Churchill Harriman, and interviews with the few survivors who were in Roosevelt's and Churchill's joint company, shed fresh light on the characters of both men as he engagingly chronicles the hours in which they decided the course of the struggle. Meacham has written the definitive account of the most remarkable friendship of the modern age.

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  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 150 x 236 x 42mm | 879.98g
  • 31 Oct 2004
  • GRANTA BOOKS
  • London
  • 1862077150
  • 9781862077157

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Jon Meacham was born in 1969 and is the managing editor of Newsweek. He is the editor of Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement and lives in New York City.

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"Our friendship is the rock on which I build for the future of the world so long as I am one of the builders," Churchill told Franklin D. Roosevelt early in 1945. The US president was by then a dying man, and Churchill found it hard to envisage restructuring the western world in the wake of World War II without his old and loved companion. They shared the same energy and humour, and though both were exceptionally private men, the presence of each cheered and inspired the other through the appalling, dark days through which they led their countries to victory. Together they succeeded in bringing order out of chaos, and their friendship provides an intimate and fascinating sidelight on the achievement that won freedom for all of us. Franklin and Winston is not another history of the Second World War, but a totally involving account of the cut-and-thrust relationship between two great leaders who shared the same ideals and to whom we owe so much. (Kirkus UK)

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