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Franklin and Winston - An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship-logo

Franklin and Winston - An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship

Jon Meacham

The most complete portrait ever drawn of the complex emotional connection between two of history's towering leaders 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 (113 days during the war) 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. The British prime minister, who rallied his nation in its darkest hour, standing alone against Adolf Hitler, was always somewhat insecure about his place in FDR's affections—which was the way Roosevelt wanted it. A man of secrets, FDR liked to keep people off balance, including his wife, Eleanor, his White House aides—and Winston Churchill. Confronting tyranny and terror, Roosevelt and Churchill built a victorious alliance amid cataclysmic events and occasionally conflicting interests. Franklin and Winston is also the story of their marriages and their families, two clans caught up in the most sweeping global conflict in history. Meacham's new sources—including unpublished letters of FDR's great secret love, Lucy Mercer

The most complete portrait ever drawn of the complex emotional connection between two of history's towering leaders 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 (113 days during the war) 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. The British prime minister, who rallied his nation in its darkest hour, standing alone against Adolf Hitler, was always somewhat insecure about his place in FDR's affections—which was the way Roosevelt wanted it. A man of secrets, FDR liked to keep people off balance, including his wife, Eleanor, his White House aides—and Winston Churchill. Confronting tyranny and terror, Roosevelt and Churchill built a victorious alliance amid cataclysmic events and occasionally conflicting interests. Franklin and Winston is also the story of their marriages and their families, two clans caught up in the most sweeping global conflict in history. Meacham's new sources—including unpublished letters of FDR's great secret love, Lucy Mercer
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The most complete portrait ever drawn of the complex emotional connection between two of history's towering leaders 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 (113 days during the war) 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. The British prime minister, who rallied his nation in its darkest hour, standing alone against Adolf Hitler, was always somewhat insecure about his place in FDR's affections—which was the way Roosevelt wanted it. A man of secrets, FDR liked to keep people off balance, including his wife, Eleanor, his White House aides—and Winston Churchill. Confronting tyranny and terror, Roosevelt and Churchill built a victorious alliance amid cataclysmic events and occasionally conflicting interests. Franklin and Winston is also the story of their marriages and their families, two clans caught up in the most sweeping global conflict in history. Meacham's new sources—including unpublished letters of FDR's great secret love, Lucy Mercer

Language:

English

Narrators:

Len Cariou

Length:

9h 40m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

06:31


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:06


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:44


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:47


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:33


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:43


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:31


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:09


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:04


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:50


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:47


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:09


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:15


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:26


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:20


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:24


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:01


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:32


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:34


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:14


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:32


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:26


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:04


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:57


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:34


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:32


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:24


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:13


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:13


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:22


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:13


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:28


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:46


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:09


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:38


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:58


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:41


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:00


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:43


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:30


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:56


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:57


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:11


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:14


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:49


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:06


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:58


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:05


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:26


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:32


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:30


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:37


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:14


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:28