Apr 20, 2021
Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
Posted by Jon Meacham

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe most complete portrait ever drawn of the complex emotional connection between two of history s towering leadersFranklin 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 WoNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe most complete portrait ever drawn of the complex emotional connection between two of history s towering leadersFranklin 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 113 days during the war and exchanging nearly two thousand 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 nineteenth century and molders of the twentieth and twenty first, 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 twentieth century Theirs was a kind of love story, with an emotional Churchill courting an elusive Roosevelt The British prime minister, who rallied his nation in its darkest hour, standing alone against Adolf Hi

  • Title: Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
  • Author: Jon Meacham
  • ISBN: 9780375505003
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Franklin and Winston An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe most complete portrait ever drawn of the complex emotional connection between two of history s towering leadersFranklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest l

    Jeffrey Keeten

    There are memorials to Roosevelt and Churchill just inside the West Door of Westminster Abbey The first, a gray tablet that hangs far below a window depicting Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the twelve tribes of Israel, reads TO THE HONORED MEMORY OF FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, A FAITHFUL FRIEND OF FREEDOM AND OF BRITAIN Nearby, a large, dark green marble slab lies on the floor of the great nave, its inscription simple but profound REMEMBER WINSTON CHURCHILL On sunny days in London, light slips in the [...]

    Lewis Weinstein

    An utterly charming portrayal of the friendship and disagreements between the two men who with Stalin led the fight against Hitler There is lots of inside information, reactions from people who knew them, as well as their own notes and communications And of course there is an overview of the history Bottom line We are lucky to have had such leaders during a very fragile time for democracy.


    Fully deserving it s 4 stars What a charming book, describing the friendship some would say the bromance between Churchill and Roosevelt It s a tale of two friends, starting with Churchill s courtship to get the United States into war, where Roosevelt reluctantly tries to get the isolationists of his back After Pearl Harbour the romance starts, but suddenly a new friend gets onto the stage in the person of Stalin, desperately trying to drive a wedge between the two friends In the end one friend [...]


    While this book is written with the larger issues of World War II as the backdrop, it really does focus on the friendship between FDR and Churchill While the friendship isn t presented as all roses, the author does feel that it was an actual friendship Maybe a tad honest on the side of Churchill that on the side of FDR, but a friendship none the less The author doesn t pull punches and shows the best and the worst of both individuals, in a way that is rarely written about in the greater overall [...]


    Meacham does a fine job dissecting the personal and political friendship of perhaps the two most important figures in the 20th century While neither man was perfect, each must be given his due for what he accomplished for his country as well as for the world in a time of mass upheaval and danger Students of history should acknowledge that, as Churchill England stood on the precipice of disaster and defeat at the hands of Hitler, America watched from the sidelines, content and happy in its isolat [...]

    William Blair

    Continuing my attack on recent well, this one is 2003 books covering the events and personalities of World War II, this very entertaining book by Jon Meacham the editor of Newsweek, whom you have no doubt seen on Charlie Rose s PBS television show adds itself to the list of those with new and interesting information because of recently declassified or recently disclosed personal documents The obvious angle with this book is the intense personal relationship that developed between these two leade [...]

    Brian Eshleman

    I was fascinated by the degree to which the ups and downs in a relationship between two unusual people have impacted the world they left to their heirs As rendered by the author, neither FDR nor Churchill is flawless, or even easy to get along with, but they are both compelling in their own way.

    CV Rick

    I know a lot of people liked this book, but I found it lacking in many areas For one the narrative is repetitious to the point of tedium Over and over again we are told, rather than shown, that these two men, Franklin and Churchill admire and respect each other but that every element of this partnership is tinged with self interest, or in their case the interest of their respective nations The books starts by jumping around through time and the author seems to be taking clippings from various so [...]


    This book is an intimate description of a facinating relationship between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill and their personal and political relationship prior to and during World War II It is intimate because nuch of the new material comes from diaries, correspondence and material unavailable previously The book is almost a day to day account of their experiences during the war It exposes both the best and worst qualities of each man including cigars, alcohol and some intimate friendship [...]

    Doreen Petersen

    Excellent book Loved reading about the friendship between Franklin and Winston Would definitely recommend this one

    Aaron Million

    Jon Meacham writes a or less dual biography of Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill during WWII Aside from the opening chapter which very briefly charts each man s rise to prominence, and also notes their first meeting in 1918 one that FDR remembered but Churchill forgot, much to his chagrin once FDR was President Meacham makes full use of the great treasure trove of materials available on both men to sketch lively portraits of each, and to show the twists and turns that their relationship [...]

    Erin Rogers

    A really unique book Jon Meacham brings to life the friendship between two of the greatest men of their time Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill While Meacham stresses that his book is not a history book but rather a look at the relationship between the President and Prime Minister, one can t help but absorb the historical events surrounding the letters and meetings of these two men Such a tumultuous time in history required the leadership of larger than life personalities, and these [...]


    The focus is on the friendship between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill which was at times difficult and strained I already knew a lot about Churchill than I did Roosevelt, and saw Churchill as a greater figure than Roosevelt I know that FDR did great things for my own country, and that he was a great figure of the 20th century, but Churchill was just a much likable character The book helped me understand that Churchill had a deep seated need to be liked due to his upbringing by parent [...]


    Why one book about Winston Churchill or Franklin Delano Roosevelt There are so many published, so many quoted and well read Manchester s The Last Lion started me on a lifetime fascination with Mr Churchill Amateur American historians all have read No Ordinary Time Franklin and Eleanor by Doris Kearns Goodwin and delighted in Goodwin s excellent writing and lovely personal tidbits about the couple who shaped America and the world during World War Two.So why this delightful little read 370 pages [...]


    This was an informative and compelling drama about the relationship between two of the most important men in the twentieth century Meacham explains how close the world was to Nazi domination if not for the courage of Winston Churchill and the English people and at the same time showed how Franklin Roosevelt pulled the reluctant American public from isolationism to the most powerful democracy in the world These two men are painted as visionaries, but visionaries with human souls and faults.


    Both my husband and I enjoyed this book We think we know all there is to know about an historical figure and then a book like this comes along and gives us insight into a character Churchill s War Rooms are calling


    A great portrait of two leaders and their friendship.


    f the Special Relationship has ever existed and been anything than a product of the wishful thinking of British Prime Ministers, it was forged in the years of the Second World War, as a result of the relationship between Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt I doubt our two countries have ever been closer politically, military and personally as well.This book charts the evolution of the real bonds of affection between Churchill and FDR, bonds which were often strained by political differen [...]


    As far as Meacham s books go, this one falls squarely in the middle I absolutely loved American Lion but wasn t terribly fond of The Art of Power Meacham promises an intimate portrait of an epic friendship and certainly delivers that throughout the course of this book in a very readable way.My boss bought and loaned me this book after I got her to read American Lion, and we both read through the first 100 pages very quickly After Churchill and Roosevelt s initial surprisingly disagreeable meetin [...]


    This detailed examination of the friendship between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill is a well done, enjoyable read Author Jon Meacham used extensive resources and in depth research to bring these two twentieth century titans to life Although he provides good background, the book is concentrated on their relationship years, which began in 1939 and ends with Roosevelt s death on April 12, 1945 Meacham does a superb job of developing the characters of the two men and their interplay with o [...]


    Prodigious research If one were to summarise the overwhelming quality of the two legends magnanimous for Churchilll and opportunist for Franklin Roosevelt What you see is what you get in the case of Winston Churchill who lived life king size and motivated the British to achieve the impossible during the Second World War Franklin, on the other hand was a great President who took care of the American interests and deftly maneuvred both Stalin and Churchill together and was the main reason for the [...]


    An interesting read about the political and personal relationship between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill You can appreciate the book if you have already read about WWII and if you have read biographies of each man otherwise, the story might be hard to follow, because this book really focuses on the relationship of each man s personality in relationship to the other man s The backdrop WWII One of the men was dominant according to the author I learned some things about FDR s nature I di [...]


    I like Meacham s biographies I think this one didn t grab me as much, because of the split focus By its very structure, the book winds up being somewhat of a compare and contrast discussion So, rather than considering each man on his own history personality merits, there is of a comparison To me, this is weaker, because I found myself always deciding which man I liked better or thought was handling the situation better and there seemed to be less thought given to the particular factors that mad [...]


    I enjoyed Meacham s book and once again was struck with the notion that the western world lay in the balance and but for the intervention of the U.S in WWII, things might have been different It is always interesting to read history when portrayed through personalities and both Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt were bigger than life It also struck me again how different the world was in the 1940 s in terms of the power of the President and influence of the Prime Minister and how different [...]

    John Gronner

    I was fascinated by the power and vision that the 2 men had that shaped the world during and after WWII It appears that FW fashioned the United Nations practically single handedly into what it is today Both were visionaries but Franklin so C was so right in his misgivings of Stalin and they turned out to be true.The look into their private side was also revealing If you like history and want a glimpse of WWII read this book.John


    This book charts the relationship between FDR and Winston Churchill and uses this as the base from which to discuss the various World War II conferences It certainly adds a helpful light on these conferences, sometimes being very tough on FDR with his treatment of Churchill toward the end of the war when our goals started to shift into different directions.


    A wonderful book I loved it obviously I love history politics, so I was drawn to this was rewarded Meacham s research was so thorough that he made these historical giants human they came alive for me Reading this made me wish my parents were alive to discuss the war with me it s affect on their lives I will probably read it again some day.

    Dee Anne

    I m a sucker for anything about these guys, and this was charming and illuminating to boot.


    I wasn t fascinated by the style nor by the content.

    Jack M.

    I ve read so much along this vein, but seemed very homogenous to other books of the genre

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