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The Winding Road to D-Day

FDR’s patient diplomacy in 1942 and 1943 made Operation Overlord possible in 1944

Ronnie's Friend Maggie

The phrase, inevitably, is Winston Churchill's. Long an advocate of Anglo-American alliance, the wartime British Prime Minister often spoke of what he called the...

The Ugly Briton

Few statesmen of the 20th century have reputations as outsize as Winston Churchill's. And yet his assiduously self-promoted image as what the author Harold...

The Wit of Abdurrahman Wahid

Egypt held a competition to guess the age of a mummy. France, Germany and the U.S. sent archaeologists. Indonesia sent a military officer. The French team spent...

The Moment: North Korea

Barack Obama is probably not familiar with the lesser-known quotes of Winston Churchill, which is a shame. One might bring a wry nod of recognition. After...

Even Churchill Couldn't Figure Out Iraq

There is something very sinister to my mind in this mesopotamian entanglement," Winston Churchill wrote his Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, in August 1920...

Books: Great Men

The world gets nostalgic for great men. Plutarch felt similarly wistful around A.D. 100, when he wrote his wonderful Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and...

If It Could Happen to Churchill...

Wartime leaders have always faced the worst fear: defeat in battle. But in democracies at least, war leaders also confront another danger: success. The qualities...

The Bulldog Barks On

He topped a BBC poll of all-time "Great Britons" two weeks ago. A few days earlier a German scholar grabbed headlines by accusing him of deliberately bombing...

How a Secret Room Got Its Start in WWII

One day 60 years ago, George Elsey, now 84, delicately maneuvered the wheelchair of Franklin Roosevelt around the tight perimeter of a newly outfitted room in...

Winston Churchill

The political history of the 20th century can be written as the biographies of six men: Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao Zedong, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston...

HER BRILLIANT CAREER: PAMELA HARRIMAN (1920-1997)

She lived one of the most remarkable lives of the 20th century, too implausible for a romance novel or a Hollywood blockbuster. A vivacious English aristocrat,...

BOOKS: THE WOMAN MOST LIKELY TO

Few Americans can readily identify Pamela Churchill Harriman, born Pamela Beryl Digby 76 years ago in England and currently U.S. ambassador to France. But in the...

Books: Eavesdropping on History

CHURCHILL & ROOSEVELT: THE COMPLETE CORRESPONDENCE It is fun to be in the same decade with I you," Franklin Roosevelt cabled his friend Winston Churchill. Fun...

Books: Lightning In His Brain

THE LAST LION: WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL; ALONE: 1932-1940 by William Manchester Little, Brown; 756 pages; $24.95 WINSTON S. CHURCHILL, VOL. VIII: NEVER DESPAIR...

Churchill: We Shall Never Surrender!

We shall never surrender! IN his last, loneliest battle, that defiant vow seemed graven on Sir Winston Churchill's soul. Hour after hour, day after day, the...

Books: Zigzag Lightning in the Brain

THE LAST LION, WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL: VISIONS OF GLORY, 1874-1932 by William Manchester; Little, Brown; 973 pages; $25 By 1904, when he was 30, Winston...