Roosevelt and Churchill: The Atlantic Charter

Roosevelt and Churchill: The Atlantic Charter written by Michael Kluger and Richard Evans published by Frontline Books – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 203.

With the imminent threat of war for America, Churchill set up a meeting with Roosevelt on a ship in the Atlantic, in the meeting of minds the hope was to get Roosevelt and America on the side of the allies during and after the end of World War Two. The authors seek not only to explain how this document came into being but to delve into the lives of the two most prominent and influential figures of the twentieth century. For most people belonging to younger generations, they are but legendary names from history. In addition the authors have added biographies of the men who helped them change history – Harry Hopkins and Sumner Welles to Lord Beaverbrook and Lord Cadogan as well Randolph Churchill, the rambunctious and often misunderstood son.

I must admit when I first started to read this book I was looking forward to reading about the charter but the charter doesn’t really figure that much only in parts, this book is more about the two main characters, about them and what they would bring to the table as two important personalities. In a way this actually appealed to me especially as I don’t know so much about Roosevelt than I do about Churchill. In my opinion we all have a chance to know a lot about Churchill on this side of the Atlantic, but we know little about Roosevelt. I also enjoyed learning more about the other characters on board too, such as Hopkins, Welles, Beaverbrook, Cadogan and Randolph Churchill. This book to me seems very good, and I’ve learnt quite a bit I hadn’t known before, credit to the two authors Kluger and Evans for a very well researched book. Would I recommend this book? Yes, if you want to learn about the personalities involved it’s a really good book, if you want to delve deeper into the Charter itself, it might not be the book for you.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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