Giles Cole's sources for his play Alliance...

...broadly based on Churchill & Roosevelt: The Big Sleepover At The White House by James Mikel Wilson

The Big Sleepover At The White House: An Historical Narrative by Lawrence Holofcener
Churchill: Walking With Destiny by Andrew Roberts
Memoirs of the Second World War by Winston S. Churchill
Churchill: The Life - An Authorised Pictorial Biography by Max Arthur
My 21 Years In The White House by Alonzo Fields
Dinner With Churchill - Policy Making At The Dinner Table by Cita Stelzer
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum, Hyde Park, NY

and the following websites:


The Big Sleepover at the White House

Churchill and Roosevelt: The Big Sleepover at the White House

By James Mikel Wilson

The book that inspired the stage play Alliance.

Available from Amazon for £3.06 as a download or £6.85 as a paperback

Many remain unaware that Prime Minister Winston Churchill, at great personal risk, came to visit President Franklin Roosevelt shortly after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. The book Churchill and Roosevelt: The Big Sleepover at the White House portrays the events of the three weeks that Churchill occupied the White House with the Roosevelts. Focused on the aftermath of the attack, Roosevelt was in no mood to host a foreign dignitary. Fortunately, Churchill prevailed.

Even though one was a liberal and the other a conservative, the two men discovered they had more in common than they realized. Both were strong willed, opinionated and accustomed to getting their way. But, the fate of the world depended on their adeptness at finding common ground and making concessions.

During their time together, Churchill and Roosevelt shared many private moments as they forged a bond of friendship, trust, admiration, and cooperation. Certainly differences in culture, biases and wartime experience initially tested the relationship. Rather quickly, however, an unbreakable alliance was created that set a path to victory. One could submit that these three weeks were the most pivotal in WWII.

In the book, the author sets out to humanize these two epic leaders of the twentieth century. He reveals not only their fears and tears, but also their humor, passions, personalities and schemes.

James Mikel Wilson (author)

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