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Rendezvous with Destiny: Roosevelt and Churchill


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Christopher Toyne (Winston S. Churchill)



Robert Perry, Christopher Toyne


Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the USA and the only one to be elected for four consecutive terms. He was the central figure in world events in the mid-Century and dominant leader of the Democratic Party and American liberalism. Winston Spencer Churchill's 90 years of life almost exactly coincided with the rise and decline of the British Empire. From an era when the sun ever set on a Empire that stretched to the far corners of a globe painted in red, with a young lieutenant that fought in the last great cavalry charge, to his final years in the 1950s as Britain's leader who unwillingly oversaw the return of those far flung lands to their peoples. On becoming Prime Minister on May 10, 1940 from a despondent, ineffectual government, Churchill made a series of inspiration speeches as he rallied a country standing alone against Hitler. In one of his most famous, "We shall fight on beaches," a lesser known line, "[We] will carry on the struggle until in God's good time the New World with all its power and might, sets forth to the liberation and rescue of the Old" especially caught FDR's attention. To his aide Harry Hopkins, "Now England has a man, a man we can do business with." FDR, although anti-Imperialist and determined to shut down the British Empire for good, he was entranced by Churchill's speeches and magnetism from their first meeting on USS Augusta and that first Sunday service on HMS Prince of Wales in Placentia Bay. These two Lions of the 20th Century met 9 separate times for a total of 113 days. "Rendezvous with Destiny: Roosevelt and Churchill" is the story of that time, of those days: how they won the War over Nazism and left their indelible mark on the World to this day.