Citizens of London by Lynne Olson
The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

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This book is a conscientiously researched and well-written accolade to the few farsighted Americans who became citizens of London at a time when their leaders were still beset by doubt about a faraway war.
-Washington Times

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The acclaimed author of Troublesome Young Men reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, the handsome, chain-smoking head of CBS News in Europe; Averell Harriman, the hard-driving millionaire who ran FDR’s Lend-Lease program in London; and John Gilbert Winant, the shy, idealistic U.S. ambassador to Britain. Each man formed close ties with Winston Churchill—so much so that all became romantically involved with members of the prime minister’s family. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Lynne Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and reluctant American public to back the British at a critical time. Deeply human, brilliantly researched, and beautifully written, Citizens of London is a new triumph from an author swiftly becoming one of the finest in her field.
 

About Lynne Olson

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Lynne Olson is the author of Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in its Darkest, Finest Hour; Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England; and Freedom's Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970, and co-author of two other books. She lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.
 
Published January 28, 2010 by Random House. 471 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on May 20 2010

A nuanced history that captures the intensity of life in a period when victory was not a foregone conclusion.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Dec 29 2016

...all three men were colorful, larger-than-life figures, and Olson's absorbing narrative does them justice.

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Washington Times

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Reviewed by Muriel Dobbin on Mar 19 2010

This book is a conscientiously researched and well-written accolade to the few farsighted Americans who became citizens of London at a time when their leaders were still beset by doubt about a faraway war.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
Reviewed by Randy Dotinga on Apr 10 2010

Citizens of London tells the story of these Americans in an engaging history that says plenty about the Yankees who came to pull Britain’s teapots out of the fire. Or, as the book’s subtitle puts it more elegantly, “The Americans Who Stood With Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour.”

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World War II Database

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Reviewed by C. Peter Chen on Aug 29 2011

I found Olson's Citizens of London to be well researched and well written; I would recommend this to fellow WW2 enthusiasts, particularly those with interest in the international political arena during this period.

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