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Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of "the Greatest Generation". In Franklin and Winston, Jon Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who piloted the free world to victory in World War II. It was a crucial friendship and a unique one: a president and a prime minister spending enormous amounts of time together and exchanging nearly 2,000 messages. Amid cocktails, cigarettes, and cigars, they met, often secretly, in places as far-flung as Washington, Hyde Park, Casablanca, and Teheran, talking to each other of war, politics, the burden of command, their health, their wives, and their children.

Born in the 19th century and molders of the 20th and 21st, Roosevelt and Churchill had much in common. Sons of the elite, students of history, politicians of the first rank, they savored power. In their own time both men were underestimated, dismissed as arrogant, and faced skeptics and haters in their own nations, yet both magnificently rose to the central challenges of the 20th century.

Meacham's new sources, including unpublished letters of FDR's great secret love, Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd; the papers of Pamela Churchill Harriman; and interviews with the few surviving people who were in FDR and Churchill's joint company, shed fresh light on the characters of both men as he engagingly chronicles the hours in which they decided the course of the struggle. Charting the personal drama behind the discussions of strategy and statecraft, Meacham has written the definitive account of the most remarkable friendship of the modern age.

Follow the leaders: listen to more about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.
©2003 Jon Meacham (P)2003 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Franklin and Winston is a sensitive, perceptive, and absorbing portrait of the friendship that saved the democratic world in the greatest war in history." (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
"This is at once an important, insightful, and highly entertaining portrait of two men at the peak of their powers who, through their genius, common will, and uncommon friendship, saved the world. Jon Meacham's Franklin and Winston takes its place in the front ranks of all that has been written about these two great men." (Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation)

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  • LovelyTester
  • 17-12-2017

Captivating performance!

Reading this has opened my interest to history. The story is captivating and the performance unbelievably good! Anyone who is thankful for freedom would enjoy this read!

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  • JOSEPH
  • 24-08-2017

Awesome piece of history!!

So wonderfully written. You forget how monumental these two were in fighting Hitler. Such strong men here!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-02-2015

AN EPIC PERFORMANCE IN DEED <br />

Thank you Jon Meacham for this great great piece of work. And to Len Cariou who carried me though this great journey with your epic performance!

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  • Niccolo65
  • 19-06-2016

Excellent performance, very interesting story

This is well worth spending your audible credit on, it's a good story well told, what more can you ask for?

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