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Overview Author David Stafford draws upon wartime files recently released to provide an intriguing look at the relationship of two world leaders, revealing how each guarded knowledge from the other in pursuit of separate national interests. Photos.
Publishers Description The relationship between Roosevelt and Churchill was unique, famously based on interlinked national histories, shared pedigrees, and corresponding worldviews. But 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. The two men also developed an extraordinary personal relationship
Citations And Professional Reviews Roosevelt and Churchill: Men of Secrets by David Stafford has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 900
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Studio: Overlook TP
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 5.76" Height: 1.15" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Nov 29, 2011
Publisher Overlook TP
ISBN 1585672491 ISBN13 9781585672493
Availability 0 units.
More About David Stafford
David Stafford, a former diplomat and Project Director of the Centre for Second World War Studies at the University of Edinburgh, is the author of "Spies Beneath Berlin" and "Secret Agent," published by Overlook.
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FDR and Churchill's Secret War Jul 6, 2006
One of my college history professor's once told me that a secret in international affairs means that it is something you only tell one person at a time. The perfect example of "secrets between friends" is FDR and Winston Churchill. They kept secrets from everyone, their staff, the people the led, and even their own families. However, they had few secrets with each other. Thus David Stafford's book "Men of Secrets" is a fitting title for the special relationship between two of the greatest leaders of all time.
Stafford traces a very good outline of the secret services during WWII and how both FDR and Churchill played an intricate role in creating and developing both nation's intelligence services. Colorful characters abound, see anything relating to "Wild" Bill Donovan, in FDR's burgeoning spyring and in Churchill's the dashing Ian Flemming (author the James Bond novels).
What I found most interesting about the book is the relationship between FDR and Churchill. There are many conflicts of personality and political ideals of the two leaders. For example, FDR championed the freedom of British India; yet ordered Japanese-Americans into internment camps. Similarly, Churchill espoused civil liberties in England while attempting to crush rebellions in Ireland.
In conclusion, Stafford provides a great overview and introduction into the world of espionage during WWII. He also gives extraordinary insight into the minds of FDR and Churchill. Arguably, FDR and Churchill had profound affect on the course of WWII and the secret they had an upper hand in the struggle.
Roosevelt and Churchill, good information but not "a good read" Aug 3, 2005
Very informative, but not "a good read". I enjoyed "Franklin and Winston" much more.
The secrets behind the secrets May 30, 2004
I really enjoyed this book, not because I enjoy reading about FDR all that much, but because it gives so much new information about how he prosecuted the war -- and because it does the same for Churchill, one of my most favorite flawed heroes. The author makes many points about what each knew, but would not tell the other, how at times both men knew that the other knew, but withheld, information, etc., and how they played their parts (and one another) in the delicate diplomatic dance in light of these things.
While admiring much about FDR's service to America and the world in WW2, I have a general antipathy to FDR's character and the way he did some things; but I do give him credit for having known how to move the American people by degrees, almost imperceptibly when that was necessary, into position to crush the Nazis, and this book reveals more about how he accomplished this. His foresight, diplomacy, and preparations surely shortened the war and saved untold lives. Having Churchill woven in as an equal on the world stage and in relation to FDR gave it a very savory counterpoise.
Very interesting Jul 27, 2001
In the beginning of the war, Roosevelt sensed that Churchill even before he became Prime Minister would be important to the war effort. As time went on these men united by a fear of Hitler these men became friends as well as comrades in arms. This book explores there relationship though a rather unique perspective their intelligence departments. It explores how they got their intelligence and what they did with the knowledge that they gained from it. Despite their friendship the used it to advance the agenda of what they wanted for their own countries. At times their intelligence departments actually came into conflict as they both had different hopes and ambitions. As the war progressed these difference became more important.
I found the book very easy to read. Full of information that although I am a WW2 fanatic I have never seen before. I can recommend this book if you want to learn about the relationship of between these two men.
Enjoyable account Feb 21, 2001
An enjoyable account of the circumstances that brought the two men together, and the relationship that they forged.
Often political friendships form out of necessity and mutual self interest. And that is obvious in this case.
But the fact that the two most remarkable and influential men (in a positive sense) were to forge such an important relationship makes for great reading.