Forged in War: Roosevelt, Churchill, And The Second World War

Harper Collins, 22 avr. 1998 - 422 pages
Roosevelt and Churchill: Theirs was a partnership that shaped the American Century. Their combined leadership during the crucial years of World War II seized victory for the Allied forces and laid the groundwork for the peace that followed. The story of their relationship is also, inevitably, the story of their nations and the "good war." Now, noted historian Warren Kimball brings to life the political and personal affiance of these two great leaders, set against the incredible events of the time. Using various historical sources - including the enormous store of letters that the leaders exchanged, both playful and deadly serious - Kimball paints an intimate portrait of the men and their role in the war. Kimball's lively analysis reveals the men behind the politicians, and shows how they were at the same time idealists yet realists, consistent yet unpredictable, calculating yet impulsive. At times they made mistakes in judgment, disagreed about how to win and what the postwar world would and should look like, and focused closely on their own countries' interests. Ultimately, however, their "Yalta System" helped shape an era without direct war between the "Great Powers."

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From Kimball (History/Rutgers Univ.), who edited the collected correspondence of FDR and Winston Churchill, another look at the fateful partnership that helped win the Second World War. FDR and ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Page 51 - France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island whatever the cost- may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender...
Page 97 - And not by eastern windows only, When daylight comes, comes in the light; In front, the sun climbs slow, how slowly, But westward, look, the land is bright.
Page 97 - Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State! Sail on, O UNION strong and great! Humanity with all its fears, With all the hopes of future years, Is hanging breathless on thy fate.
Page 51 - ... we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the new world, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
Page 178 - It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
Page 335 - I would minimize the general Soviet problem as much as possible because these problems, in one form or another, seem to arise every day and most of them straighten out as in the case of the Berne meeting. We must be firm, however, and our course thus far is correct.
Page 178 - We mean to hold our own. I have not become the King's First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire.
Page 48 - Mr President, that the voice and force of the United States may count for nothing if they are withheld too long. You may have a completely subjugated, Nazified Europe established with astonishing swiftness, and the weight may be more than we can bear.
Page 145 - I know you will not mind my being brutally frank when I tell you that I think I can personally handle Stalin better than either your Foreign Office or my State Department. Stalin hates the guts of all your top people. He thinks he likes me better, and I hope he will continue to do so.

À propos de l'auteur (1998)

Warren F. Kimball, Robert Treat Professor of History at Rutgers University, has written numerous books, including The Juggler: Franklin Roosevelt as Wartime Statesman. Kimball edited the acclaimed three-volume collection Churchill and Roosevelt, The Complete Correspondence. He lives in Somerset, New Jersey.

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