Lash, Joseph P.


1st ed., 1977. 528 pp., photo-plates, e.p. maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. V.G. This book is based on the correspondence between Churchill and Roosevelt between the outbreak of World War II and America’s entry into the war after Pearl Harbour. The author has made a compelling narrative out of how each man’s courage, clarity and force bolstered the other; how Roosevelt’s willingness to take risks to sustain Britain in its months of lonely peril was fortified by Churchill’s will to fight on, while Churchill’s determination was fed by Roosevelt’s resourcefulness in aiding Britain in the teeth of Congressional obstruction. The author discusses both the similarities and differences between these two men in the acquisition and uses of power on behalf of national interests. He compares and contrasts where they were great and where were they flawed, how each sought to manipulate the other but always in the framework of common purposes, the most powerful of which was rooted in their understanding of the importance of sea power and Anglo-American supremacy at sea.

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