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Book Discussion: Citizens of London

  • The Pastor's Office 39 North Broadway White Plains, NY, 10601 United States (map)

Led by Elder Barbara Horan, the church book group meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the pastor's office. Selection are chosen by the group and reflect our desire to understand the world in which we live. The selection for Tuesday, September 18, is Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood By Britain in it Darkest, Finest Hour, by Lynne Olsen.


"The acclaimed author of Troublesome Young Men reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, the handsome, chain-smoking head of CBS News in Europe; Averell Harriman, the hard-driving millionaire who ran FDR’s Lend-Lease program in London; and John Gilbert Winant, the shy, idealistic U.S. ambassador to Britain. Each man formed close ties with Winston Churchill—so much so that all became romantically involved with members of the prime minister’s family. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Lynne Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and reluctant American public to back the British at a critical time. Deeply human, brilliantly researched, and beautifully written, Citizens of London is a new triumph from an author swiftly becoming one of the finest in her field."

Earlier Event: September 16
Second New Members Class
Later Event: September 23
First of Fall Pot-Luck Lunch