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John Charmley

Churchill's Grand Alliance

John Charmley Churchill's Grand Alliance
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The New York Times Book Review called John Charmley's previous book on Winston Churchill ""entertaining, informative, and infuriating."" With equally impressive scholarship, eloquence, and wit, Charmley now turns to the Anglo-American ""special relationship"" that was the cornerstone of Churchill's foreign policy, ruthlessly stripping away the myth to reveal the unsentimental reality of the Churchill years and beyond, from 1940 to 1957. Churchill carried on the war because of his misguided faith that U.S. help could be enlisted to save the British Empire, contends Charmley. President Roosevelt, however, sought an end to imperialism and thus entered the war only belatedly, ensuring that Britian would end the war weak and dependent on America. And Britian did indeed become a U.S. ""pensioner""-a reality dramatically confirmed in 1956, when American pressure led to the removal of Prime Minister Anthony Eden. With vivid assessments of Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Churchill, and Eden, John Charmley brilliantly continues his though-provoking-and sometimes infuriating-ways.

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