The first examination of Churchill's astounding seventy-year relationship with the United States and the foundation of the century-long alliance between the United States and Britain. Winston Churchill, whose mother was born in Brooklyn in 1854, spent much of his adult life in close contact with the United States. In two world wars, his was the main British voice urging the closest possible co-operation with the Americans. From before the First World War, he understood the power of the United States, the "gigantic boiler," which, once lit, would drive the great engine forward. On the eve of his retirement as prime minister in 1955, in his final words to Cabinet, Churchill told his colleagues: "Never be separated from the Americans." The world's foremost authority on Winston Churchill, Martin Gilbert was appointed Churchill's official biographer in 1968 and has ever since been collecting archival and personal documentation that explores every twist and turn of Churchill's relations with the United States. In the masterly and eloquentChurchill and Americahe reveals the golden thread of friendship and understanding running through the relationship, despite countless setbacks. The legacy of Churchill's relationship with America continues to this day in the troubled Anglo-American alliance in Iraq.