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Lynne Olsen's, Citizens of London

Just finished reading a couple of books. The first was: Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour by Lynne Olsen. Doubleday, 2011                       This is an excellent account of a time in history that is rapidly fading from living memory. This book tells the stories of Americans living and serving in London during World War Two.  The writer provides a vivid description of the waves of American journalists, soldiers, politicians, and bureaucrats that were welcomed by Londoners, and detailed descriptions of a few prominent individuals. There was Edward R. Murrow , the voice of CBS News in Europe, bringing the tragedy and heroism of the British at war to the more comfortable and well-fed citizens of America. Averell Harriman , was an ambitious and wealthy player on the political and business scenes. Harriman ran President Roosevelt's Lend-Lease program, which would assist the British at war and impover