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London Calling

The American contribution to the British war effort.

Jun 21, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 38 • By JORDAN MICHAEL SMITH
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But political loyalties aside, Citizens of London is plain fun to read. Dishing about the Americans’ love affairs with some of the Churchill girls is particularly delicious, as Winston’s daughter-in-law Pamela slept with Murrow and Harriman (whom she married a quarter-century later) and his actress-daughter Sarah took up with Winant. The beleaguered prime minister’s diplomacy in overseeing these emotional complications makes for fascinating reading, and it is a testament to Olson’s talents that such gossipy details don’t cheapen the heroic acts described elsewhere, but humanize our heroes and deepen our admiration.

Jordan Michael Smith is a writer in Washington. 

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