Citizens of London

Citizens of London

The Americans Who Stood With Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

Book - 2010
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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, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400067589
1400067588
Branch Call Number: D748 .O57 2010
Characteristics: xix, 471 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports ; 24 cm.

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EmilyEm
Mar 16, 2017

Olson’s engaging book chronicles the lives of three Americans who were center stage on one of history’s biggest stages—London in WW II. You think you’ve read so much about this time and people. I learned some things. Recommended not only for the history, but the personal stories.

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GracieLucy
Feb 13, 2016

Excellent look at life in England during WW II. Written so that the personalities of the main characters come alive. Would strongly recommend to any History buff.

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IV27HUjg
Feb 10, 2016

e-book, CD, AD also

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Uncslg
Feb 26, 2015

An excellent book about WWII; the characters, strategy, and alliances that contributed to the success of the war. The insights provided by Olson make the pages fly.

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StarGladiator
Sep 15, 2014

Standard operating procedure, as they used to say in the military. Averell Harriman was an investor in the Third Reich [along with the Rockefellers, Morgans, du Ponts, Ford, et cetera], so it stands to reason his subsequent behavior - - or is that real history? Averell Harriman's rebel-like, traitorous behavior in talks in Vietnam, ignoring the directives of his commander-in-chief and president, John F. Kennedy, was just about to have gotten him fired, save for JFK being assassinated! [Look at the present and all those defense industry consultants - - never properly identified - - who go on Fox and CNN and NPR, et cetera, pushing for war in Ukraine, war in the Middle East and on and on. Who profits, and follow the money, please?

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CLI6211
Sep 15, 2014

I highly recommend Citizens of London for anyone interested in US history and our involvement in WWII. It provides a detailed story of what was happening behind the scenes in the US and in England. It gave me a much better understanding of the issues of the time, and renewed appreciation for those who chose to support the British. I hadn't known about Gil Winant before, but have a great deal of respect for the man. At a ceremony to honor the American forces who landed in France on D-Day, he said that if man was to survive in this perilous new period, "he must learn to live together in friendship," to act "as if the welfare of a neighboring nation was almost as important as the welfare of your own." There is lots of food for thought for today throughout this book.

rlbecker Feb 03, 2011

This is a delightful blend of intrigue, diplomacy, British-American cooperation before and during World War II and much more. It is specifically about 3 Americans who help bring the US into the war and helped Roosevelt manage it once it was started. Most people have heard about Edward R. Murrow and some know of Averell Harriman, but few remember John Gilbert Winant, who held many jobs serving Roosevelt after serving as a governor himself before. The book was well written, nicely paced and very educational.

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