FOREIGN RELATIONS: The Growth of Unity

To prevent disappointment, Winston Churchill's visit to the U.S. was cautiously billed. In fact, the four-day talks made more progress than the principals or the public had expected.

The mood of the conferences was businesslike but relaxed, often livened by dry Churchillian wit. At one point, Churchill's old military adviser, Lord Ismay, trying to break the Anglo-American deadlock over a new standardized rifle, suggested: "Isn't there some bastard Anglo-American type of fitting that could be adapted?" Churchill twinkled: "Oh, Lord Ismay, I must ask you to guard your language. I am an Anglo-American type, you know."*

Churchill lived and worked in a...

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