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Lewis E. Lehrman’s arresting and deeply researched study of the Anglo-American alliance during the Second World War brilliantly establishes how Roosevelt and Churchill—sometimes willing to use back channels and bypass conventional diplomatic authority—found and relied on the right people to smooth relations between the two countries. Rich in historical immediacy, Churchill, Roosevelt & Company demonstrates how generals, diplomats, spies, businessmen, economists, and other key figures served the needs of both Prime Minister and President in their unyielding defense of democratic government. Not least, the book delivers a powerful reminder of the contingent role of human interaction and personal chemistry in determining the course of historical events. - Prof. Richard Carwardine, Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University

Lewis E. Lehrman demonstrates an almost uncanny feel for all the senior personalities around Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Second World War; he understands their characters, viewpoints and motives and has an enlightening insight into all of them, coupled with an impressively objective judiciousness. I didn’t think much more of genuine value could be written about this glittering galere—one of the great ‘genius clusters’ of history—but this well-researched, well-written and profoundly thoughtful book proves me wrong. - Prof. Andrew Roberts, King's College, London, author of Masters and Commanders: How Churchill, Roosevelt, Marshall and Alanbrooke Won the War in the West

Lewis E. Lehrman has done a lot of business in his life, both public and private. He is also an accomplished scholar and historian. In this book, Churchill, Roosevelt & Company, he describes the business of war and politics during the Second World War. The focus is on Churchill and FDR and their Anglo-American team which led the war effort in the West. Mr. Lehrman is exceptionally well-qualified, and his excellent book is proof of that fact. - Prof. Larry Arnn, former research director of the multi-volume Martin Gilbert authorized biography of Winston Churchill; author of Churchill's Trial; now president of Hillsdale College and responsible for the Churchill project at Hillsdale College

Lewis Lehrman's Churchill, Roosevelt & Company offers a detailed look at the special relationship, especially during World War II, when Anglo-American cooperation achieved its most impressive results and faced its most formidable challenges. The book is packed with fascinating detail and illuminates not only the past but the challenges of the present day. (Wall Street Journal)

Lewis E. Lehrman’s Churchill, Roosevelt & Company is a richly detailed history of the Anglo-American alliance, in which the architects of the war effort include not only Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but a host of diplomats, ministers, secretaries of state, spymasters, business leaders and other subordinates….Lehrman, a historian and recipient of the National Humanities Medal, offers compelling portraits and case histories of the men who worked together—and sometimes intrigued against each other—in the campaign to end world war….The resulting group biography is a veritable embarrassment of riches for history buffs eager for a deeper understanding of the forces that led to the end of the greatest global conflict in modern times. —Lee Polevoi, Foreword (Forward)

Lewis E. Lehrman’s…Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft, is an impressive array of eclectic sources, Lehrman has constructed an intimate narrative of the personalities that traversed these great events, their role in shaping the world around them as well as their limitations….Lehrman’s insight and extensive research, his willingness to let the individuals speak for themselves through endless quotations in a seamless narrative, make this an excellent addition to the bookshelf. —Chris Murray,

Lewis Lehrman…has written an invaluable and notably unsentimental account of the relationships between the two leaders and their respective staffs….Lehrman writes with a deep knowledge of the period that is productive of much insight…his portrait of “an intimate, effective Anglo-American alliance” is not only illuminative of a finest-hour chapter in the history of nations that carry on the English tradition of liberty, it also moves the reader to ponder the future. —Michael Knox Beran, National Review (National Review)

His well researched analysis begins…utilizing numerous sources, Lehrman conveys the complexities, jealousies, and challenges these men confronted during the war and how many disagreements—some petty, many substantial—were set aside in the interest of defeating Germany and Japan….This impressive and thorough history will appeal to those with an abiding interest in WWII… —Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)

“In his newest work, “Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft” (Stackpole, 2017), historian Lewis E. Lehrman offers deep insights into that remarkable relationship [between the United States and Great Britain]. The volume provides a candid and unvarnished accounting of pivotal moments in the story of the world’s most consequential alliance, going beyond the broad strokes of history into the far more nuanced realities. Lehrman performs a significant public service through his powerful analysis of this key moment in history.” – Michael Poliakoff and Ted Eismeier, Real Clear Books

“Lewis E. Lehrman’s new book, Churchill, Roosevelt & Company, is a formidable digest of most of the memoirs and serious historical analyses and biographies about and around the 1940-1945 era alliance between Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin. As such, it is up to date and contains a great many and interesting asides that even the devotees of that great drama will find enlightening. The book is a very interesting read, and in many places, is perceptive. I strongly recommend it for its insightful portrayal of almost all the key personalities in the upper echelons of Anglo-American leadership in the European part of World War II.” – Conrad Black, The New Criterion

About the Author

Lewis E. Lehrman was presented the National Humanities Medal at the White House for his work in American history. Lehrman has written for the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Finest Hour, National Review, New York Sun, Harper’s, The Churchill Project at Hillsdale College, and The Chartwell Bulletin.

Lehrman authored
Lincoln at Peoria: The Turning Point (a history of Mr. Lincoln’s anti-slavery campaign from 1854 to 1865); Lincoln “by littles” (a book of essays about President Lincoln); and, Money, Gold, and History (essays analyzing the modern history of money and its role in civilization), among other books.

Lewis E. Lehrman and Richard Gilder established the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University.

Together Lehrman and Gilder developed the unique Gilder Lehrman Collection of original historical manuscripts and documents to teach American history from primary sources. The collection is on deposit for public access at the New-York Historical Society (and cataloged definitively at

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has developed a highly acclaimed national program for teaching American history in high schools and colleges throughout America (

Lehrman received a B.A. from Yale and an M.A. in history from Harvard. He was a Carnegie Teaching Fellow in History at Yale and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in History at Harvard. He has been awarded Honorary Degrees from Babson College, Gettysburg College, Lincoln College, Marymount University, and Thomas Aquinas College.

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  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (January 30, 2017)
  • Publication Date: January 30, 2017
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