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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (69 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Stafford Narrator: Richard McGonagl Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An intriguing look behind the congenial façade of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, this work reveals how each leader jealously guarded knowledge from the other in pursuit of separate national interests. David Stafford’s masterly study shows that at the heart of their complicated relationship—which was always dynamic—was an extraordinary fascination with clandestine operations. On this foundation, Roosevelt and Churchill constructed a fighting alliance unlike any other in history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Explore[s] the intersections between the grand narrative of the Roosevelt and Churchill relationship and the activities of Allied spymasters and secret go-betweens…Worth reading.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Stafford wants nothing to do with the popular view of the great wartime partnership between Churchill and FDR…Stafford demonstrates that the alliance of these two cunning leaders was the product of need and hard bargaining, not sentiment. He further contends—quite rightly—that the complex relationship between the two was mirrored by the actions of their intelligence operatives…Both FDR and Churchill kept much to themselves while at the same time building an often-productive joint intelligence infrastructure.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Former diplomat Stafford…brings to bear his vast knowledge of the British secret service during the war and combines it with fresh archival research of the American wartime intelligence services…Although the literature is enormous on this popular topic, Stafford’s synthesis of new and old sources makes this one of the best works to come out on this well-worn topic in many years. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “[In] this engrossing story…Stafford argues convincingly that Churchill (who had a ‘fascination with cloak and dagger’) and FDR (whose prewar background was in naval intelligence) forged through friendship ‘the most important intelligence alliance in history.’ The story moves back and forth between the numerous meetings of the leaders and the clandestine field operations …The author does not retreat from some of the most controversial aspects of the Anglo-American alliance…Stafford also deals with recent critics of both leaders…A swift, well-documented assessment of the relationship’s ‘volatile mix of friendship, rivalry, and resentment.’”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “In a forceful narration Richard McGonagle produces near lifelike imitations of the two men—the urbane, upper-Hudson Roosevelt and the gravelly, sardonic Churchill—that at times brim over with their delight in each other and their work. Underneath, however, boils a tension that always threatens to break out, as the two try to balance the competing demands of their intelligence services against common strategic interests. In a voice familiar to those of us who cut our teeth on TV documentaries like Victory at Sea, McGonagle recreates those tense moments between Allies whose secret interests were worlds apart yet who nonetheless assembled the most effective spy network in the history of the world.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lucimar | 10/17/2012

    " Awesome bio. Interesting friendship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ken | 11/28/2011

    " Interesting but the writing style lost me at times. WWII history buffs will enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff Schwartz | 8/30/2011

    " Provides a great backdrop into the friendship and covert chess match between FDR and Churchill . Their mistrust for each other's intent helps shape their respective spy initiatives and partnership in the ww II efforts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Thomas | 12/24/2008

    " Who was manipulating whom. Churchill and Great Britain needed the us and the US need Great Britain "

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About the Author

David Stafford is an expert in intelligence and espionage operations and the author of numerous books. A former diplomat, he is currently projects director at the Centre for the Study of the Two World Wars at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a Leverhulme Emeritus Professor in the University’s School of History, Classics, and Archaeology.