Author David Stafford draws upon wartime files recently released to provide an intriguing look at the relationship of two world leaders, revealing how each guarded knowledge from the other in pursuit of separate national interests. Photos.Author David Stafford draws upon wartime files recently released to provide an intriguing look at the relationship of two world leaders, revealing how each guarded knowledge from the other in pursuit of separate national interests. Photos.Read Less
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If you are interested in the topic of the behind the scenes relationship between these two leaders, this is a great book. The impact that had on the war and post war issues Indian Independence is intriguing. These men never lost their suspicions of each other but were master PR guys.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-10-02 Stafford (Churchill and Secret Service, etc.) wants nothing to do with the popular view of the great wartime partnership between Churchill and FDR. Not content with the sentimentalized portrait of a warm friendship based on shared pedigrees and world views offered in Doris Kearns Goodwin's No Ordinary Time, Stafford demonstrates that the alliance of these two cunning leaders was the product of need and hard bargaining, not sentiment. He further contendsDquite rightlyDthat the complex relationship between the two was mirrored by the actions of their intelligence operatives. Stafford writes: "The most sensitive touchstone of trust between individuals, as well as nations, is how far they are prepared to share their secrets." When Churchill learned that Hitler had called off his 1940 invasion of Britain, he kept the information from FDR and continued to implore the president to come to England's aid. Five years later, as the war wound to its close, Churchill criticized FDR's intelligence chief, William "Wild Bill" Donovan, for his successful efforts to thwart British plans to restore colonial outposts in Asia. As Stafford shows, similar intelligence clashes occurred throughout the war. Both FDR and Churchill kept much to themselves while at the same time building an often-productive joint intelligence infrastructure. In the end, Stafford's book goes a long way toward proving the truth of an old adage favored in spy circles: "There are no friendly secret services; only the secret services of friendly powers." Strong reviews and the continuing broad interest in WWII and FDR will produce respectable sales, which might be boosted by a major fall focus on FDR as the final volume of Kenneth S. Davis's monumental biography comes out in late November. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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