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Roosevelt and Churchill: Men of Secrets

by Stafford , David

An intriguing look behind the congenial façade of Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, revealing how each jealously guarded knowledge from the other in pursuit of separate national interests. Theirs was a unique relationship, based on linked national histories and partially-shared nationality- Churchill was half-American-similarities in class and education, a special love for the navy, and a common belief in the superiority of Anglo-Saxon institutions. Above all, it was cemented by shared enemies: Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. On these foundations Roosevelt and Churchill constructed a fighting alliance unlike any other in history.

At the heart of this special relationship, hidden by layers of secrecy, was an extraordinary and far-reaching – although far from complete- sharing of intelligence and a fascination for clandestine operations. This was the most sensitive touchstone of their mutual trust, and a responsive barometer of both suspicion and discord.

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Comments

"The author has emerged as one of our leading historians on the intelligence aspects [of the Second World War] and his latest book does not disappoint."

Trevor Royle

Reviews: Glasgow Herald

"Much of this book upsets accepted views; all of it is thoroughly based on sources, part in print and part in archive. Stafford has the precious gift of making technical subjects easy to follow; he writes clearly, and maintains a strong narrative flow. This is most readable history."

M.R.D Foot

Reviews: Sunday Times

"Stafford is a superb researcher and has a feel for when ‘secret’ meant ‘significant’ and when it did not… David Stafford’s fascinating book is, among other things, a useful reminder of how complicated the Grand Alliance actually was."


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