... With strong supporting characters. Lynne Olson’s love of collectivism as a means to solving power struggles tempers Citizens, but doesn’t significantly dampen its quality of research and storytelling. Similarly, the slightly pedantic style of Arthur Morey’s narration doesn’t significantly diminish the audio experience, at least not at 1.25 speed.
This book brings to light less known information about our leaders relationships and goals. It also explains the importance of several lesser know players.
It's a long book but well worth the time and energy.
I listened to this book after listening to "Those Angry Day" , one of the best histories I've ever read. This book seemed to be made up of left over material not used or of less relevance to that previous work. It doesn't flow as smoothly and the narration and production are marginal. There are words that are mispronounced or just mis-read that an editor should have caught. Had I listened to these volumes in reverse order I may have been a little easier on this one.
What a spellbinding account of the struggle of Great Britain to survive the German onslaught! Although we Americans tend be self congratulatory about our role in WW II, all except the American heroes of this book PALE.
It puts a level of character to history that is mind boggling!
John Gilbert Winant, a new hero statesman brought to our consciousness yielding a previously untold story impacting the human content of the times.
John Gilbert Winant tending to beleaguered Londoners during the blitz.
The untold stories of front line efforts.
World War 2 and the lessons from it are not too far in the past that current events do not threaten to repeat this history. Nationalism. False sense of security. Greed. Weariness. How does one rise above these human weaknesses to see now what lies ahead?
I expected this book to be about 3 Americans in London during WWII (Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman and John Winant), but it ended up being more than that. Maybe too much more because, although I liked the book, at times it felt unfocused.
The stories about Murrow, Harriman and Winant are fascinating and well worth the listen--and if you like reading about London during WWII, you will probably enjoy this book. Just know that the book veers off course at times.
Gives a detailed history of what was going on during WWII and made me feel like my history classes cheated me out of so much history!!
There are to many to count - this book was so informative, interesting and brought so much to light. London during the war had so much to contend with and this book really digs into the relationship between key figures from the US and UK.
Yes - but don't want to spoil it if a reader doesn't know the facts.
Good read - all Americans should read this book.