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Citizens of London by Lynne Olson
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Sep 19, 2011

it was amazing
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This is a must read for people who enjoy World War II books. The book focuses on 3 primary characters, Ed Murrow (the famous CBS broadcaster), Averell Harriman (FDR's man serving as the rep for the Lend Lease program) and John Winant (U.S. ambassador to Britain), but many of the famous citizens of London during that time appear in the book - Winston Churchill, Pamela Churchill, Eisenhower, etc. The book really focuses on the city of London itself and how those in the city during the war managed. It starts with the Blitz, moves to the American "invasion" of troops and then the emptiness and struggles after D-Day and the end of the war. I really appreciate the honest, and sometimes unflattering, description of the U.S. relationship with Britain during the time. It was also interesting to learn more about the contrast between the lives of the upper class and those average person during this time.

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