Charmley, John.


1st ed., 1995. Xv + 427 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 15cm. Stamp "circulate" to f.f.e.p. (blank) o/w FINE. The Anglo-American alliance was the cornerstone of Churchill’s policy after 1940, and from then up to the present, the ‘special relationship’ has always been a feature of Anglo-American relations – few subjects are so surrounded by sentimentality and myth. This controversial new study based upon extensive work in American as well as British archives, ruthlessly strips away the myth to reveal the unsentimental reality. Churchill carried on the war in 1940 because he believed that American help could save the British Empire, but this book argues that his faith was misplaced. By the time the Cold War was dawning, the author claims that the American conception of an alliance was that they led and Britain followed. He goes on to examine how Eden’s attempt at Suez to act independently of America brought a crushing demonstration of American power, and he ends with Eden’s removal from power under American pressure.

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