One Christmas in Washington is a fascinating, in-depth look at one of the most crucial periods in modern history: the Washington war conference of 1941, when two proud and accomplished statesmen struggled to overcome biases, suspicion, and hubris to create what turned out to be the war-winning alliance. The authors take a penetrating look at the high-level meetings and the scenes behind the scenes: the social events and intrigues, Churchill's booming intrusion into the daily life of the White House, the strained relationship between Churchill and Eleanor Roosevelt, and the key role played by Roosevelt's close advisor, Harry Hopkins. As with any such gathering of world leaders, high politics and low gossip contributed to the momentous events of this time.More
"Grand strategy in a world war grounds their recounting, but its emphasis [is] on interpersonal relations, its fly-on-the-wall perspective. These historians successfully capture the atmosphere and substance of forging the alliance." (Booklist)
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Churchill and FDR forge the "the grand alliance"