Please join us at Roosevelt House as we welcome a very special guest, Lewis E. Lehrman, Senior Partner of L. E. Lehrman & Co., and co-founder of the The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, who will discuss his new book, Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft.
In his talk, Lehrman explores the “special relationship” between the United States and Great Britain during World War II that cemented the alliance that won the war in the West. The ultimate victory of that partnership has obscured many of the conflicts behind Franklin Roosevelt’s charm and Winston Churchill’s victory signs — the clashes of principles and especially personalities between and within the leadership of the two nations. Lehrman offers portraits of the men who worked the back channels and back rooms, the generals and the admirals, the secretaries and under secretaries, ambassadors and ministers, responsible for carrying out Roosevelt’s and Churchill’s agendas while also pursuing their own. He shows that the President and the Prime Minister had the difficult task, not always well-performed, of managing their subordinates, and reveals the personal diplomacy, the character and statecraft, at the core of the leadership of the Anglo-American alliance.