An inside look at the work and adventures of Harry Hopkins and
Averell Harriman in the creation of history's most remarkable
After the fall of France in June 1940, London became the center
of world political theater. For the U.S. president, the vital
question was: could Britain, with American help, hold out against
the might of Nazi Germany? While keeping the United States
officially neutral, Franklin D. Roosevelt devised an unprecedented
strategy, leading to the revolutionary idea of lend-lease. But was
Winston Churchill--famous as a speechmaker but regarded by many as
a reckless politician and possibly a drunk--a good bet? To find the
answer, Roosevelt dispatched his closest associate, Harry Hopkins,
to Britain on a mission. Hopkins's endorsement of Churchill put an
end to FDR's doubts, and with the passage of the Lend-Lease Act the
president sent Averell Harriman, a wealthy financier and
entrepreneur, to London "to keep the British Isles afloat." For
Harriman, the assignment turned out to be the great adventure of a
Filled with vivid details and great storytelling, To Keep the
British Isles Afloat explores the still-misunderstood beginnings of
the unique Anglo-American alliance in World War II, offering an
intriguing new look at Roosevelt's thinking and a fresh perspective
on the relationship between the president and the prime
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