Mr. Churchill in the White House

The Untold Story of a Prime Minister and Two Presidents

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Pub Date 2 Jul 2024 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2024

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“Robert Schmuhl admirably captures the vitality and cunning of Churchill’s D.C. residency with consummate skill, colorful anecdotes, and crisp historical analysis.”

—Douglas Brinkley

Scores of biographies have been written about Winston Churchill, yet none examine his frequent, sometimes furtive, trips to the White House, where he resided for weeks on end—the (often unclothed) visitor who “dropped out of the sky.” These extended visits during his two terms as prime minister were spirited, even entertaining, occasions. Yet, in retrospect, they take on a new level of diplomatic significance, demonstrating just how influential a foreign leader can become in shaping American foreign policy. Drawing on years of research, Robert Schmuhl not only contextualizes the days Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Dwight D. Eisenhower spent together, but also vividly portrays the individual characters, from Churchill himself—a devoted fisherman who never stopped “angling”—to a resentful Eleanor Roosevelt. Evoking an era far different from today, Mr. Churchill in the White House becomes an insightful work for our own fractious times.

About the Author: Robert Schmuhl is the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Chair Emeritus in American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame. He's the author or editor of fifteen books, including The Glory and the Burden about the US presidency.

“Robert Schmuhl admirably captures the vitality and cunning of Churchill’s D.C. residency with consummate skill, colorful anecdotes, and crisp historical analysis.”

—Douglas Brinkley

Scores of...


Advance Praise

"This well-researched book... adds up to a fresh approach to an important piece of history." -Kirkus Reviews

"Robert Schmuhl’s Mr. Churchill in the White House?is a lively, deeply researched and important contribution to our understanding of how large personalities confronting large challenges can change history." -E. J. Dionne Jr., Georgetown University

"A cursory online search suggests that 1,150 books have been written about Winston Churchill. He wrote 42 books himself, published in 70 volumes. Which raises the awkward questions: One more? Really? To which Robert Schmuhl’s cheeky answer is “Yes!” And you know what? Mr. Churchill in the White House is both charming and provocative. What did Churchill really say when FDR rolled his wheelchair into the British prime minister’s bathroom to find him in the pink and white altogether? Did these two brilliant and manipulative politicians ever permit friendship to overwhelm British or American national interest? It was a complex and meaningful relationship. Worth another book? This one? Absolutely." -Ted Koppel, award-winning anchor, ABC News Nightline; senior contributor, CBS News Sunday Morning

"Robert Schmuhl’s Mr. Churchill in the White House is a brilliant and penetrating look at how Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt saved democracy during World War II. Never before, or since, has a world leader actually lived in the White House. Just how deeply involved Churchill was with Allied war strategy against Nazi Germany and keeping U.S.-British morale high makes for essential reading. Highly recommended!" -Douglas Brinkley, author of Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America

"Churchill’s time at the White House became legendary, and no foreign leader has captivated the American people in the same way since." -Matthew Costello, Director of the National Center for White House History

"This is an informative, entertaining, and fast-paced account of Anglo-American summitry at the highest level, based on the accounts of those who were there." -Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge

"This well-researched book... adds up to a fresh approach to an important piece of history." -Kirkus Reviews

"Robert Schmuhl’s Mr. Churchill in the White House?is a lively, deeply researched and...


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ISBN 9781324093428
PRICE US$32.00 (USD)
PAGES 352

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