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

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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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How the initially fragile Anglo-American alliance was forged in the perilous days of World War II.

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The Anglo-American alliance in WWII was not inevitable, writes former Baltimore Sun correspondent Olson (Troublesome Young Men

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Christian Science Monitor

The Americans who made it to London post-World War II found a vibrant city fueled by courage and resolve.

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USA Today

Olson also captures the harsh life food shortages, death that ordinary Brits faced with cheerful stoicism..

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Bookmarks Magazine

It meant, as he later wrote, that no matter how many military setbacks lay ahead, “England would live.”

Amazon.com: In contrast to Winant and Murrow, Harriman was a bit of a bourgeois playboy.

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World War II Database

In Citizens of London author Lynne Olson focused on the Americans in London during this time, who, while on the job, carefully balanced Anglo-American friendship on one hand and their own national interests on the other.

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