The American contribution to the British war effort.
Jun 21, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 38 • By JORDAN MICHAEL SMITH
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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