An intriguing look behind the congenial façade of Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, revealing how each jealously guarded knowledge from the other in pursuit of separate national interests. Theirs was a unique relationship, based on linked national histories and partially-shared nationality- Churchill was half-American-similarities in class and education, a special love for the navy, and a common belief in the superiority of Anglo-Saxon institutions. Above all, it was cemented by shared enemies: Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. On these foundations Roosevelt and Churchill constructed a fighting alliance unlike any other in history.
At the heart of this special relationship, hidden by layers of secrecy, was an extraordinary and far-reaching – although far from complete- sharing of intelligence and a fascination for clandestine operations. This was the most sensitive touchstone of their mutual trust, and a responsive barometer of both suspicion and discord.
David Stafford is an historian and former diplomat who has written extensively on espionage, intelligence, Churchill, and the Second World War. The former Project Director at the Centre for The Study of the Two World Wars at the University of Edinburgh, he is now an Honorary Fellow of the University and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, where he and his wife now live. He has frequently acted as a TV and radio consultant, has written radio documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC, and his latest book, Ten Days to D-Day, formed ...
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