is reading "Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in its Darkest, Finest Hour" written by Lynne Olson for October.
Citizens of London centers around the actions of three Americans-- John Gilbert Winant, the U.S. Ambassador to Britain, Edward R. Murrow, the head of CBS News in Europe and Averell Harriman, the U.S. representative of Roosevelt's Lend-Lease program in London. These men shared a mutual goal to build an alliance between Britain and the U.S. in order to get America involved in the World War II. The narrative is told from the perspective of these three men. They endured the danger and discomfort in London as their fellow Americans lived life as usual. They helped spur skeptical Americans and a cautious President to understand the danger that Britain was facing during World War II using Murrow's news broadcasts. The story is composed of biographies, newspaper articles, diary entries and personal stories.
Olsen relates the back and forth exchanges between Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt's relationship. It was a long process of events from 1939-1941 for Roosevelt to convince the American public to get into the war. Roosevelt had to have the support of the American people behind him before he would go to war on Germany.
The Citizens of London spans the beginning of the war through V-E day activities.
the 2015 Winston S. Churchill Symposium: Lynne Olson speaking about Those Angry Days.
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