• Author : Citizens of London
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2010-02-02
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 9781588369826
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

“Engaging and original, rich in anecdote and analysis, this is a terrific work of history.”—Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion 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. Praise for Citizens of London “Brilliantly bursting with beautiful prose, Olson flutters our hearts by capturing the essence of the public and private lives of those who faced death, touched the precipice, hung on by their eyelids, and saved the free world from destruction by the forces of evil.”—Bill Gardner, New Hampshire Secretary of State “If you don't think there's any more to learn about the power struggles, rivalries and dramas—both personal and political—about the US-British aliance in the World War II years, this book will change your mind—and keep you turning the pages as well.”—Jeff Greenfield, Senior Political Correspondent, CBS News “Three fascinating Americans living in London helped cement the World War II alliance between Roosevelt and Churchill. Lynne Olson brings us the wonderful saga of Harriman, Murrow, and Winant. A triumph of research and storytelling, Citizens of London is history on an intimate level.”—Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein


  • Author : Citizens of London
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Release Date : 2010-02-02
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 9780385669382
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

While justly acclaimed as the closest, most successful military partnership in history, the "special relationship" forged between the United States and Britain during World War II was anything but the inevitable alliance it appears to be in hindsight. As the countries of Western Europe fell one by one to Hitler, and Britain alone resisted him, aid from the U.S. was late, expensive, and reluctantly granted by an isolationist government that abhorred the idea of another world war. Citizens of London is the behind-the-scenes story of the slow, difficult growth of the Anglo-American wartime alliance, told from the perspective of three key Americans in London who played vital roles in creating it and making it work. In her close-focus, character-driven narrative, Lynne Olson, former White House journalist and LA Times Book Prize finalist for her last book, Troublesome Young Men, sets the three Americans - Averell Harriman, Edward R. Murrow, and John Gilbert Winant - at the heart of her dramatic story. Harriman was the rich, well-connected director of President Roosevelt's controversial Lend-Lease program in which the U.S., a still neutral country, "loaned" military equipment to the UK; Murrow, the handsome, innovative head of CBS News, was the first person to broadcast over live, on-location radio to the American public, and Winant, the least known but most crucial of the three, was the shy former New Hampshire governor who became the new U.S. ambassador to England after Joseph Kennedy quit the post and fled the country as bombs rained down around him. Citizens of London opens in 1941 at the bleakest period of the war, when Britain withstood nine months of nightly bomb attacks and food and supplies were running out as German ships and U-boats had the island nation surrounded. Churchill was demanding and imploring FDR to help, but the U.S. did its best to ignore England's desperate plight. It was the work of these three key men, Olson argues, that eventually changed American attitudes. So above all this is a human story, focusing on the individuals who shaped this important piece of history. Key to the book is the extremely close relationship between Winston Churchill and the three Americans, and indeed, so intimate were their ties that all three men had love affairs with women in Churchill's family. Set in the dangerous, vibrant world of wartorn London, Citizens of London is rich, highly readable, engrossing history, the story of three influential men and their immediate circle who shaped the world we live in. From the Hardcover edition.


  • Author : An Inquiry into the elective franchise of the citizens of London and the general rights of the Livery
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1822
  • Pages : 56
  • ISBN : HARVARD:32044081201626
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

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  • Author : An Appeal to the Commons and Citizens of London
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1756
  • Pages : 75
  • ISBN : OXFORD:N11728988
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

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  • Author : An appeal to the commons and citizens of London Followed by the preface to the Political constitutions c
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1756
  • Pages :
  • ISBN : OXFORD:600039339
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

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  • Author : Some Account of the Citizens of London and Their Rulers from 1060 to 1867
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1867
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN : HARVARD:32044024416547
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

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  • Author : An Appeal to the Citizens of London Against the Alledged Lawful Mode of Packing Special Juries
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1817
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN : OXFORD:591070514
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

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Opposes "the law that the master of the Crown Office has a right to pack special juries as he pleases"--Page 3.


  • Author : A Letter to the Citizens of London Concerning the political situation and the intemperate language of the press
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1758
  • Pages : 27
  • ISBN : BL:A0018439966
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

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  • Author : A Letter to the Citizens of London shewing the dangers to be apprehended from the admission of Roman Catholics to political power
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1829
  • Pages :
  • ISBN : BL:A0018451842
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

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  • Author : Some Account of the Citizens of London and Their Rulers from 1060 to 1867
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1867
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN : HARVARD:32044024416547
  • Language : English, Spanish, and French

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