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The Resource Citizens of London : the Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest, finest hour, Lynne Olson

Citizens of London : the Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest, finest hour, Lynne Olson

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Citizens of London : the Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest, finest hour
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Citizens of London
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the Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest, finest hour
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Lynne Olson
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eng
Summary
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, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant
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ALA Notable Book, 2011.
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  • /* Starred Review */ The Anglo-American alliance in WWII was not inevitable, writes former Baltimore Sun correspondent Olson (Troublesome Young Men ). In this ingenious history, he emphasizes the role of three prominent Americans living in London who helped bring it about. Best known was Edward R. Murrow, head of CBS radio's European bureau after 1937. His pioneering live broadcasts during the blitz made him a celebrity, and Olson portrays a man who worked tirelessly to win American support for Britain. Most admirable of the three was John Winant, appointed American ambassador in 1941. A true humanitarian, he skillfully helped craft the British-American alliance. And most amusing was Averell Harriman, beginning a long public service career. In 1941, FDR sent the wealthy, ambitious playboy to London to oversee Lend-Lease aid. He loved the job, but made no personal sacrifices, living a luxurious life as he hobnobbed with world leaders and carried on an affair with Churchill's daughter-in-law. Olson, an insightful historian, contrasts the idealism of Winant and Murrow with the pragmatism of Harriman. But all three men were colorful, larger-than-life figures, and Olson's absorbing narrative does them justice. 16 pages of b&w photos. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed November 16, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 46, p44)
  • How the initially fragile Anglo-American alliance was forged in the perilous days of World War II.In early 1941, Britain was perilously close to being forced to surrender to Germany. Submarines were sinking hundreds of thousands of tons of merchant shipping each month, creating dangerous shortages of food and materiel necessary to fight the war, yet Franklin Roosevelt held back from authorizing U.S. military convoys to accompany ships. Former Baltimore Sun White House correspondent Olson (Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England, 2007, etc.) re-creates the dramatic interplay of personalities and world politics, from the relationship between Winston Churchill (who understood that America was Britain's lifeline) and FDR (who feared precipitating war with Germany and was suspicious of British imperialist motives), to the successful efforts of a small group of Americans living in London who played a vital behind-the-scenes role in bringing the two leaders together and forming an important alliance. These included Ambassador John Gilbert Winant, a former Republican governor who was nonetheless an ardent New Dealer; Edward R. Murrow, whose live broadcasts brought the reality of German terror bombings home to Americans; Averill Harriman, FDR's special emissary who served as lend-lease coordinator and coached the prime minister on how to deal with the president; and Harry Hopkins, FDR's closest advisor. Though many mingled with Britain's "rich and powerful," Murrow relished reporting about the "front-line" troops in the "Battle of London," the "firemen, wardens, doctors, nurses, clergymen, telephone repairmen, and other workers who nightly risked their lives to aid the wounded, retrieve the dead, and bring their battered city back to life." After Pearl Harbor, strains in the alliance emerged regarding the conduct of the war, with Dwight Eisenhower playing a crucial on-the-scene role in integrating the U.S.-British military command.A nuanced history that captures the intensity of life in a period when victory was not a foregone conclusion. (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2009)
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Olson, Lynne
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940.54012
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index present
LC call number
D748
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.O57 2010
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non fiction
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  • Murrow, Edward R
  • Harriman, W. Averell
  • Winant, John G.
  • Churchill, Winston
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Alliances
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Great Britain
  • United States
  • Great Britain
  • United States
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the Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest, finest hour
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Citizens of London : the Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest, finest hour, Lynne Olson
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Citizens of London : the Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest, finest hour, Lynne Olson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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758628
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cm
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First edition.
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pages
Isbn
9781400067589
Isbn Type
(hc.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9781400067589
  • (OCoLC)475128031

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