In this stirring book, Martin Gilbert tells the intensely human story of Winston Churchill's profound connection to America, a relationship that resulted in an Anglo-American alliance that has stood at the center of international relations for more than a century.Winston Churchill, whose mother, Jennie Jerome, the daughter of a leading American entrepreneur, was born in Brooklyn in 1854, spent much of his seventy adult years in close contact with the United States. In two world wars, his was the main British voice urging the closest possible cooperation with the United States. From before the First World War, he understood the power of the United States, the gigantic boiler, which, once lit, would drive the great engine forward.Sir Martin Gilbert was appointed Churchill's official biographer in 1968 and has ever since been collecting archival and personal documentation that explores every twist and turn of Churchill's relationship with the United States, revealing the golden thread running through it of friendship and understanding despite many setbacks and disappointments. Drawing on this extensive store of Churchill's own words - in his private letters, his articles and speeches, and press conferences and interviews given to American journalists on his numerous journeys throughout the United States - Gilbert paints a rich portrait of the Anglo-American relationship that began at the turn of the last century.In Churchill and America, Gilbert explores how Churchill's intense rapport with this country resulted in less than the liberation of Europe and the preservation of European democracy and freedom. It also set the stage for the ongoing alliance that has survived into the twenty-first century. This is a fascinating story, straightforward and well told, of one of the 20th century's most important leaders and the critical connection he forged between the world's fading superpower and its rising one. -Publishers Weekly It is doubtful whether anyone on this planet kws more about the life and times of Winston Churchill than his official biographer, Sir Martin Gilbert. -Library Journal
Martin Gilbert is Winston Churchill's official biographer, and a leading historian of the modern world. In 1962 he was elected a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and in the same year he began work as a research assistant to Randolph Churchill on the first two volumes of the official biography of Sir Winston Churchill. Following Randolph Churchill's death in 1968, Martin Gilbert was appointed Official Biographer, and wrote the other six volumes of the biography, the last of which, Never Despair, was published in 1988. He is the author of more than seventy books, among them the single-volume Churchill: A Life, twin histories of the First World War and Second World War, a comprehensive history of Israel, and the three-volume A History of the Twentieth Century. His book The Holocaust is one of the classic works on the subject. He is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford (of which he was a Fellow until 1998), and a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College, Michigan. In 1995 he was knighted for services to British history and international relations, and in 1999 he was awarded a Doctorate of Literature by the University of Oxford for the totality of his published work. Simon Vance, a former BBC Radio presenter and newsreader, is a full-time actor who has appeared on both stage and television. He has recorded over four hundred audiobooks and has earned over twenty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, including one for his narration of Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini. A twelve-time Audie finalist, Simon has won Audie Awards for The King's Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Market Forces by Richard K. Morgan, and The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. Winner of the 2008 Booklist Voice of Choice Award, Simon has also been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009.