In his Chicago Daily News (never to be confused with the anglophobic Tribune), Publisher John S. Knight addressed a blunt open letter to British Publisher Lord Beaverbrook. Its subject: the U.S. people's opinion of the British war effort. Knight's verdict:
"Frankly, Max, they are dubious."
The Beaver, marshaling facts & figures in rebuttal, promptly replied in an open letter to "Dear Jack." Beaverbrook's verdict: absurd, my dear fellow.
About the time of D-day in Europe, said Beaverbrook, Britain had 11% of its population in the forces; the U.S. had 85%. War casualties of the British Commonwealth at the end of May totaled 1,427,000, compared...