Citizens of London

The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

By Lynne Olson
(Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812979350, 471pp.)

Publication Date: May 3, 2011

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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.

About the Author
Lynne Olson, a former journalist, is the award-winning author of "A Question of Honor", "Troublesome Young Men", "Freedom's Daughters", and the national bestseller "Citizens of London".
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