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Citizens of London

the Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest, finest hour

Citizens of London by Lynne Olson
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An enthralling, behind-the-scenes account of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain.

Citizens of London brings out of history’s shadows the three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, the handsome, chain-smoking news reporter; Averell Harriman, the hard-driving millionaire who ran FDR’s Lend-Lease programme in London; and John G. Winant, the shy, idealistic US ambassador. Citizens of London examines how these men fought to save Britain in its darkest hour. Each formed close ties with Winston Churchill — so much so that all became romantically involved with members of the prime minister’s family.

Drawing on a variety of primary sources, Lynne Olson skilfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious FDR and reluctant American public to back the British at a critical time. Deeply human, brilliantly researched, and beautifully written, Citizens of London is a triumph.


‘A nuanced history that captures the immense amount of material on the period and crafts a cracking good read.’ The New York Post

‘Magnificent, beautifully written … This is gripping, page-turning history, with the future of the free world hanging in the balance, dangerous liaisons and broken hearts behind the public jubilation.’ The Courier Mail

Scribe Publications Pty Ltd; May 2015
496 pages; ISBN 9781925113891
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Title: Citizens of London
Author: Lynne Olson

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