New York : Random House, c2003.
1 online resource (xx, 490 p.) : ill.
Introduction : A fortunate friendship
Part 1. In God's good time : beginnings to late Fall 1941. Two lions roaring at the same time
Those bloody Yankees
Jesus Christ! What a man!
Lunching alone broke the ice
Part 2. Getting on famously : winter 1941 to late summer 1943. A couple of emperors
I think of you often
You may kiss my hand
I know he means to meet Stalin
Part 3. The chill of Autumn : fall 1943 to the end. I had to do something desperate
The hour was now striking
Life is not very easy
I saw WSC to say goodbye
You know how this will hit me
Epilogue: Them's my sentiments exactly
Appendix: Their days and nights: a summary of the Roosevelt-Churchill meetings, 1941-1945.
The most complete portrait ever drawn of the complex emotional connection between two of history's towering leaders Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of the Greatest Generation. In [this volume, the author] explores the ... relationship between the two men who piloted the free world to victory in World War II. It was a crucial friendship, and a unique one₇a president and a prime minister spending enormous amounts of time together (113 days during the war) and exchanging nearly two thousand messages. Amid cocktails, cigarettes, and cigars, they met, often secretly, in places as far-flung as Washington, Hyde Park, Casablanca, and Teheran, talking to each other of war, politics, the burden of command, their health, their wives, and their children. Born in the nineteenth century and molders of the twentieth and twenty-first, Roosevelt and Churchill had much in common. Sons of the elite, students of history, politicians of the first rank, they savored power. In their own time both men were underestimated, dismissed as arrogant, and faced skeptics and haters in their own nations yet both magnificently rose to the central challenges of the twentieth century. Theirs was a kind of love story, with an emotional Churchill courting an elusive Roosevelt. The British prime minister, who rallied his nation in its darkest hour, standing alone against Adolf Hitler, was always somewhat insecure about his place in FDR's affections which was the way Roosevelt wanted it. A man of secrets, FDR liked to keep people off balance, including his wife, Eleanor, his White House aides and Winston Churchill. Confronting tyranny and terror, Roosevelt and Churchill built a victorious alliance amid cataclysmic events and occasionally conflicting interests. Franklin and Winston is also the story of their marriages and their families, two clans caught up in the most sweeping global conflict in history. [In the volume, he] has written [an] account of the most remarkable friendship of the modern age.-Dust jacket.