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Robert Blake and Wm. Roger Louis

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206262.001.0001

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Wheel Within a Wheel: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Special Relationship

Wheel Within a Wheel: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Special Relationship

(p.291) 17 Wheel Within a Wheel: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Special Relationship

Warren F. Kimball

Oxford University Press

According to Winston Churchill, the Second World War breathed new life into the ‘special relationship’ between the United States and Britain. Over forty-five years after the end of the war, American images of its closest wartime ally remain dominated by the Battle of Britain, the desert war, and Winston Churchill — all of which bombard American television audiences almost weekly in one documentary or another. Added to that is a constant stream of motion pictures and television docu-dramas set in wartime Britain. But even the Second World War pales next to what one observer called ‘the Churchill Cult’, perpetuated by an informal public relations machine that should be the envy of most governments. Part and parcel of the heroic depiction of Churchill is his link with U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The strong Anglo-American relations and the personal relationship between the two men made victory possible against Germany, Italy, and Japan.

Keywords:   Winston Churchill, Britain, United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Second World War, Germany, Italy, Japan, Anglo-American relations, personal relationship

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