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From The CriticsUsing recently declassified archives, British historian and one-time diplomat Stafford attempts to shed new light on the fragile relationship between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill as they attempted to forge a wartime alliance against the Axis powers. Although both men shared common bonds—a lifelong allegiance to Anglo institutions, a love of naval power, debilitating physical infirmities and similarities in class and education-at the heart of their relationship was a fascination with clandestine operations. Stafford, author of Churchill and the Secret Service, reveals a web of wartime intelligence and espionage activity shared between the two leaders. Unlike Roosevelt, whose Office of Strategic Services was still in its infancy, Churchill, a former spy during the Boer War and early advocate of both MI5 and MI6 intelligence services, was far more experienced in subversive activity, and twice as likely to withhold information from his wartime partner. Stafford includes some fascinating new material on British dirty tricks, including pre-war disinformation campaigns within the U.S. government, the infamous Double Cross deception system and Churchill's various attempts to bring down the Fuhrer. This is a fine study of the greatest military alliance of the twentieth century, which was held together by two mutually suspicious men with differing national and postwar goals.