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Description - Roosevelt and Churchill by David Stafford

Theirs was a unique relationship. It was based on interlinked national histories, partially shared nationality - Churchill was half-American - similarities in class and education, love for the navy, and a common belief in the superiority of Anglo-Saxon institutions. Above all, it was cemented by shared enemies: Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. On these foundations Churchill and Roosevelt constructed a fighting alliance unlike any other in history, with a Combined Chiefs of Staff, Anglo-American war-making boards, and an atomic alliance that delivered victory in 1945. The two men also developed an extraordinary personal relationship, communicating almost daily by telegram, telephone, personal meetings and through intermediaries. Their camaraderie ended abruptly with FDR's death on 12 April 1945, just hours before American and British troops liberated Buchenwald and Belsen. At the heart of this special relationship, hidden by layers of secrecy, was an extraordinary and far-reaching sharing of intelligence. This was the most sensitive touchstone of their mutual trust, and as David Stafford's masterly biography demonstrates, a responsive barometer of suspicion and discord.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349112824
ISBN-10: 0349112827
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 7-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Roosevelt and Churchill by David Stafford

UK Kirkus Review » A unique book which for the first time examines the personal and political relationship between the two leaders of the Western world in World War II, from 10th May 1940 when Churchill became prime minister to 12th April 1945 when Roosevelt died suddenly at Warm Springs, Georgia. Their wartime relationship was based on interlinked national histories, a partially shared nationality (Churchill's mother was American) and similarities in class and education; but above all on shared enemies - Nazi Germany and imperial Japan. The two leaders communicated almost daily throughout the war via telegram, telephone, personal meetings or intermediaries. Mutual trust underpinned an extensive and unprecedented sharing of the most highly secret intelligence ever to pass between two governments. Essential reading, this book goes far beyond what can be culled from the published histories of the various allied intelligence agencies (OSS, SIS etc) and is indeed the key to the whole intelligence jigsaw of World War II. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - David Stafford

David Stafford is a historian and former diplomat, specialising in intelligence and espionage, which he has lectured on at the University of Edinburgh and St Andrews.

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