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’.

Sir Winston on… “Winston, you’re drunk”

Churchill was well known for his relentless appetite, remaining a passionate consumer of fine food and drink for bulk of his life.

He was especially fond of drinking alcohol throughout the day at a steady pace, rarely appearing significantly under the influence, even to those who knew him well.

One rare occasion where he did present himself somewhat ‘worse for wear’ is recounted here, in a touching exchange with the famous Socialist firebrand, Bessie Braddock.

Sir Winston on… Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ascended the British throne in 1952 at the tender age of 25, after the untimely death of her father, King George VI.

In this remarkable extract, Sir Winston discusses his first impressions of the young Queen, and talks candidly of his predictions for the future of the British Royal Family as a whole.

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