Sir Winston on… Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Sir Winston Churchill was well-known as a patriot and relentless defender of the British Empire, but he also had a great love of the United States, himself being the offspring of an American-born mother.

As US president from 1933 to 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (better known by his initials FDR) played a pivotal role in the tense, global political brinkmanship leading up to and during the second World War.

In this revealing extract, Sir Winston describes in emotional terms the first time he encountered FDR, and sheds light on the personality behind the role of ‘the most powerful man on the planet’.

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