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One Christmas in Washington is the 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.

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  • “James does a wonderful job of illuminating a historical event not previously well chronicled. His diction is clear, his pace doesn’t drag, and he seems to be in sympathy with the colorful Churchill, the manipulative FDR, the brilliant George Marshall, and the somewhat snobby Brits. He pauses before words to give them more emphasis. Listeners who try this title will learn something and enjoy doing it.”

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  • “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.”

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  • “James does a wonderful job of illuminating a historical event not previously well chronicled…Listeners who try this title will learn something and enjoy doing it.”

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  • “A lively account with deft character sketches and vivid detail.”

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  • “Among the highlights of this account is its look at the Allied leaders’ timetable for the war, which matched historical events closely in many respects—but also departed from them significantly…Students of WWII, especially of its diplomatic and geopolitical aspects, will want to have a look. ”

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About the Author

David J. Bercuson has written, coauthored, or edited more than thirty books. He is a professor of history and director of the Center for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.