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

Published: 2011-05-03
Paperback : 496 pages
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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; ...
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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.

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I would suggest that each member concentrate on one of the three men, their reason for being there, and their observations and contributions to America.
by Muzver (see profile) 02/17/15

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by Kathy Peterson (see profile) 05/22/20

 
  "Interesting book about a group of influential Americans who tried to inspire FDR to lead, rather than follow polls, and to enter WWII in support of our allies prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor!"by thewanderingjew (see profile) 02/28/18

Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour, Lynne Olson, author; Arthur Morey, narrator
Early on, the author makes his pro Obama view obvious which
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  "Behind the scenes history"by j-hawx-fan (see profile) 09/14/16

We learned so much from this book that wasn't previously known about Americans during London's darkest hours.

 
by ahossain (see profile) 10/12/15

 
  "Citizens of London"by anngage (see profile) 02/17/15

Impressive research! Enjoyed learning the 'inside' stories.....a good read!

 
  "Citizens of London"by Muzver (see profile) 02/17/15

a harrowing story of Americans in London During the bombing in World War II: Edward R. Murrow, Hugh Winamt (ambassador to England, ) and Averill Harriman

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