Churchill and America

Churchill and America

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The first examination of Churchill’s astounding seventy-year relationship with the United States and the foundation of the century-long alliance between the United States and Britain.

Winston Churchill, whose mother was born in Brooklyn in 1854, spent much of his adult life in close contact with the United States. In two world wars, his was the main British voice urging the closest possible co-operation with the Americans. From before the First World War, he understood the power of the United States, the “gigantic boiler,” which, once lit, would drive the great engine forward.

On the eve of his retirement as prime minister in 1955, in his final words to Cabinet, Churchill told his colleagues: “Never be separated from the Americans.”

The world’s foremost authority on Winston Churchill, Martin Gilbert was appointed Churchill’s official biographer in 1968 and has ever since been collecting archival and personal documentation that explores every twist and turn of Churchill’s relations with the United States. In the masterly and eloquent Churchill and America he reveals the golden thread of friendship and understanding running through the relationship, despite countless setbacks.

The legacy of Churchill’s relationship with America continues to this day in the troubled Anglo-American alliance in Iraq.

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Gilbert (Winston Churchill's official biographer) examines former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's experiences in the United States and relationships with Americans during war and peace. Churchill's many trips to the US are documented, from his first visit to New York to his final visit in 1961. His relationships with Americans include his political relations with presidents and generals. While the ostensible topic is Churchill's attitudes towards the United States, an obvious subtext is the development of the Anglo- American "special relationship" during two World Wars and the early years of the Cold War. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2005
ISBN: 9780771033544
Branch Call Number: 941.084092 CHU
Characteristics: xxiv, 503 p. : ill. maps


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