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  • PDF | 490 pages
  • Jon Meacham(Author)
  • Random House; 2003 Printing edition (2003)
  • English
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  • History

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  • By Mike Powers on December 20, 2016

    I have read many biographies of both Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston S. Churchill over the years. Nearly all of them include information about how these two extraordinary leaders worked together during World War II, but, until recently, I have found no book that takes on the singular challenge of exploring the Churchill-Roosevelt personal relationship in depth – that is, until I discovered “Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship” by Jon Meacham.First published in 2003, “Franklin and Winston” is the second book written by former “Newsweek” editor Jon Meacham. In it, Meacham examines closely the relationship that sprang up between U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) and British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill. They had first met in 1918, during a visit by Roosevelt to Britain. (At that time, both men held minor posts in their respective governments.) Churchill claims to have vividly remembered the meeting and liking FDR very much; Roosevelt only remembered that his first impression of Churchill was not a very positive one.Using a wide variety of sources, including letters and telegrams between Churchill and Roosevelt, as well as letters, diaries, and interviews with those closest to the two leaders, Meacham paints a vivid portrait of a friendship that was largely initiated by Churchill. He knew that Britain could only survive the Nazi onslaught if (and when) the United States entered the war. He began “wooing” the American president to his cause through a series of transatlantic letters and telegrams. Roosevelt, impressed with Churchill’s eloquence and dogged determination to defeat Hitler, proved receptive to Churchill’s entreaties.As a result, Churchill and Roosevelt visited several times during the war years. At first, the friendship was mutually warm. However, as Meacham points out, it cooled off, mainly because Roosevelt distanced himself from Churchill.“Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship” by Jon Meacham is a superb account of the four years in which FDR and Winston Churchill worked together – as leaders of their respective nations and as friends – to ensure Allied victory over Germany and Japan in World War II. Readers who wish to learn about this extraordinary friendship between a President and a Prime Minister will find this informative and entertaining book very much to their liking. Highly recommended.

  • By Richard C. Reynolds on November 19, 2016

    Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill met for the first time as U. S. President and British Prime Minister respectively in August 1941. Both took ships under great secrecy from their home countries to meet off the coast of Newfoundland. This was to be the first of several historic meetings and was convened at the urging of Churchill who desperately wanted America to enter the European war. Britain had been under German air attacks for many months and wanted American help with weapons, ammunition, ships and food. Roosevelt was at first reluctant because of political reasons back home but eventually managed to send Britain some beat-up destroyers under a lend-lease program, the first of many men and materials to be sent east across the Atlantic. Churchill visited Roosevelt in the White House several months later and the duo discussed many things including the invasion of Europe and the global situation after the war was won. One of the few points of contention was the future of England’s colonial possessions around the world. Churchill thought they should remain intact but Roosevelt believed the people in those countries would want to govern themselves, an opinion that history proved Roosevelt correct. Roosevelt and Churchill continued to meet in various parts of the free world and were eventually joined by Joseph Stalin in Teheran and Yalta. Roosevelt took a perverse pleasure in goading Stalin to needle Churchill in order to make some political gains that would benefit the U. S. Stalin continually badgered both Churchill and Roosevelt to commit to invading France in 1943. It eventually happened in June 1944 and history shows that if Stalin had his way a 1943 operation would have been a disaster. The book focuses on the close friendship between two great leaders and how they worked effectively together to end World War II. The military events occurring during this time are already well known and not covered in detail.


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