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Franklin and Winston Audiobook

Franklin and Winston

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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

Confronting tyranny and terror, Roosevelt and Churchill built a victorious alliance amid cataclysmic events and occasionally conflicting interests. Meacham's new sources, including unpublished letters of FDR's great secret love, Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd, the papers of Pamela Churchill Harriman, and interviews with the few surviving people who were in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.

©2003 Jon Meacham; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)
"Jon Meacham brings [the relationship between FDR and Churchill] to vivid life, shedding new insights into its strange and poignant complexity, and why its legacy has helped shape the modern world." (Richard Holbrooke)

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    This book parallels the storyline in "1940". It provides insight into the world my parents lived in. My Dad was in N Africa, Italy and France 1944/45. These men's decisions impacted my parents lived profoundly.

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    These two giants-despite all their idiosyncrasies, held the western world together. You should never forget that. It's not hyperbole and our world would not exist if they hadn't been up to the task.

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    "History To Be Proud Of!"

    I learned SO MUCH, because the subject matter was extremely fascinating, well researched, beautifully presented, and extremely engaging!!!

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    "Rich full story of the two men who insured democracy prevailed"

    Well researched examination of the relationship between the leaders of the free world during WWII.

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    "Another Great Story from Jon Meacham"

    Once again, Jon Meacham has brought to life one of our greatest presidents. This is my third Meacham book. It was made all the more enjoyable by a great audio performance.

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    "Brilliant and gripping"
    Would you listen to Franklin and Winston again? Why?

    Yes I would. The author brought out each other's personalities, as well as those of their respective family members.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Franklin and Winston?

    The main premise was fascinating. The interpersonal moments were vividly depicted.


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    Gripping


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    Craig Danville, PA, USA 04-14-09
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    "Simply Amazing"

    Grover Gardner is possibly the best reader Audible employs, and an audiobook as long as "Franklin and Winston" needs such a voice. Jon Meacham's narrative of FDR and Churchill is masterful from the first word until the last. There are times when the reader will certainly be choked up, and other times where there will be a genuine smile on his/her face. For any lover of history, both casual and avid, this book will surely be among their favorites in their Audible collection. Very highly recommended.

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    A. L. Branson Philadelphia, Pa United States 08-11-07
    A. L. Branson Philadelphia, Pa United States 08-11-07 Listener Since 2005
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    "Britain's finest hour"

    Although a bit of an Anglophile this illuminating work is a tour de force. You could hear feel and understand these great men Franklin and Winston in a very personal way. Not enough can be said about the continuity and joy of Meacham's work I look forward to more from this great researcher and author.

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    Daniel Grand Junction, CO, USA 04-03-06
    Daniel Grand Junction, CO, USA 04-03-06
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    "Great glimpses and play-by-play"

    I really enjoyed this, and how it brings these big historical decisions, events and meetings down to very personal experiences.

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    Dale Hesperia, CA, USA 04-24-05
    Dale Hesperia, CA, USA 04-24-05
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    "Developing a relationship"

    Very insightful book that reveals the intertwinning of two extrodinary world leaders and how it affected politics and the outcome of World War II.

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