Sleep in Peace Tonight

Sleep in Peace Tonight It s January and the Blitz is devastating England Food supplies are low Tube stations in London have become bomb shelters and U boats have hampered any hope of easy victory Though the United S

  • Title: Sleep in Peace Tonight
  • Author: James MacManus
  • ISBN: 9781250051974
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It s January 1941, and the Blitz is devastating England Food supplies are low, Tube stations in London have become bomb shelters, and U boats have hampered any hope of easy victory Though the United States maintains its isolationist position, Churchill knows that England is finished without the aid of its powerful ally.Harry Hopkins, President Roosevelt s most trusted adIt s January 1941, and the Blitz is devastating England Food supplies are low, Tube stations in London have become bomb shelters, and U boats have hampered any hope of easy victory Though the United States maintains its isolationist position, Churchill knows that England is finished without the aid of its powerful ally.Harry Hopkins, President Roosevelt s most trusted adviser, is sent to London as his emissary, and there he falls under the spell of Churchill s commanding rhetoric and legendary drinking habits As he experiences life in a country under attack, Hopkins questions the United States silence in the war But back home FDR is paranoid about the isolationist lobby, and even Hopkins is having trouble convincing him to support the war.As Hopkins grapples with his mission and personal loyalties, he also revels in secret clubs with newsman Edward R Murrow and has an affair with his younger driver Except Hopkins doesn t know that his driver is a British intelligence agent She craves wartime action and will go to any lengths to prove she should be on the front line This is London under fire, and it s only when the night descends and the bombs fall that people s inner darkness comes to light.In Sleep in Peace Tonight, a tale of courage, loyalty, and love, and the sacrifices one will make in the name of each, James MacManus brings to life not only Blitz era London and the tortuous politics of the White House but also the poignant characters and personalities that shaped the course of world history.

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    1. When I read historical fiction where the characters are people that really existed , I always wonder is this what they were really like, did they really say or do these things ? But then I remind myself that it's a work of fiction and it doesn't matter. If I wanted just the facts, I would be reading a non-fiction account, but I prefer fiction because I love having to suspend my imagination and get from the novel a sense of what things were like, a feeling that cannot always be conveyed by just t [...]

    2. An engaging book if you ignore the historical inaccuracies.Don’t get me wrong this is well written and does give insight into the relationship between Roosevelt, Simpson and Churchill and the threats facing Britain in 1940/1. The author has done his research certainly on the Roosevelt/Simpson/Churchill relationship it’s just that the wider background history is weak in some areas.For example early on one of the characters describes their father's death in WW1 where his body was not recovered [...]

    3. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.I was genuinely excited about reviewing James MacManus' Sleep in Peace Tonight. A self-described WWII junkie, I couldn't help getting worked up over the title. Unfortunately the book didn't quite match my expectations and while I enjoyed many aspects of the piece, I admit I wasn't as enthralled by the story as I'd initially hoped.I think the idea here fabulous and looked forward to watching MacManus' characterization of Harry Hopkins fall for [...]

    4. Sleep in Peace Tonight is a fictionalized account of events during WWII, particularly during the Blitz in London in 1941. Harry Hopkins, unofficial representative for FDR, travels to Britain to meet with Churchill. Things are not going well for Britain and Churchill tries to get Hopkins to convince FDR of the need for the USA to enter the war. Without assistance from the USA, Churchill is convinced Britain will be on the losing end. He feels that Hitler must be stopped by any and all means. Edwa [...]

    5. I was hugely disappointed with this book. It wasn't so much a novel as a recitation of events, with a rather unlikely and ridiculous love affair thrown in. There's no character development and, unless you have no knowledge of the Second World War, there's no plot development because you know what happens. The book centres on President Roosevelt's right-hand man, Harry Hopkins, who comes to London in the dark days of January 1941 to see if it's worthwhile for the USA to give aid to Britain or if [...]

    6. I recieved this Advanced Reading Copy from . "Sleep in Peace Tonight" is a novel I didn't expect to like as much as I did. Sure,I enjoy learning history through the use of story but WWII has never been a favourite historical event of mine, and being a Canadian I never took interest in Roosevelt's involvementChurchill being the more vibrant character. But I must say James MacManus kept me both intellectually and emotionally engaged throughout the entire narrative. Simple to read but not condescen [...]

    7. These heroes deserve better. Angry I wasted my money. I am so disgusted that I bought this book. I feel as though I rewarded really bad writing. Don't read Sleep in Peace Tonight unless you enjoy dreadful grammar, poor diction, questionable historical accuracy, and cheap emotional tricks. Were it not for Harry Hopkins, Gil Winants,Ed Murrow and Winston Churchill, the free world as we know it today would not exist. Their story deserves better than a cheap soap opera treatment by a writer who is u [...]

    8. I received this book for free as part of First Reads program in exchange for my honest review.When I initially started this book I was concerned that it would become overly political and drag me through but it ended up having a wonderful balance. Of course it talked about politics but it also remained very human. The author made you love the characters, drew you into their lives. I have a new appreciation for London in the days before America entered the war.

    9. Unsung heroes – real and imaginary: America at the brink of WWII (Great Britain, Washington, DC, Moscow, mostly 1941/ends 1946): When does historical fiction attain historical value? Who was Harry Hopkins, FDR’s eyes and ears, sent to war-torn London at the dawn of 1941 to be his go-between Churchill? Would an unknowing, fiercely isolationist American public (80% against entering the war) been swayed to enter WWII earlier, as Churchill’s “rich timbre” voice boomed nearly a year before [...]

    10. Excellent account of the envoy who tried to get the US into WW2, the year before Pearl Harbor. Interesting to think that if FDR would have had more guts, and the isolationists led by Lindbergh would not have been such bastards as they were, that Pearl Harbor may possibly have been aborted, due to the US preparing better?

    11. What a great read, one of the best stories I have read in ages.Based on real characters and events the story of Harry Hopkins and Leonora Finch is a rich, enjoyable and moving tale against the background of the WWII. If you enjoy a great story, this is one for you.

    12. MacManus chose a different approach to tell of the UK suffering from German attacks in 1941 by making Harry Hopkins, FDR's special envoy, the central character. Hopkins and Winston Churchill became close as WC attempted to solicit assistance from the United States, whose government was loathe to become involved. Well done--but anxiety-creating as I actually felt the fear and despair of the citizens whose lives were ended, or (at the very least) permanently altered.

    13. James MacManus’s new novel, Sleep in Peace Tonight, brings history and fiction together to tell the story of Harry Hopkins, aide and close personal confidante to Franklin Roosevelt. With Roosevelt unable to commit America into the war, Harry is sent to England as an envoy for British-American relations where he engages with the larger-than-life prime minister determined to bring America into the fight: Winston Churchill. Signed to attend to Harry as a driver and liaison officer is Leonora Finc [...]

    14. January 1941. The Blitz has been underway since fall and British transport ships crossing the Atlantic with vital supplies are being sunk right and left by U-boats, signaling that England may be the next country to fall to Hitler’s armed forces. Despite this forecast of doom President Roosevelt has held firm to his declaration of neutrality. For a variety of reasons Americans are adamantly opposed to supporting another war in Europe.It is at this crucial moment that Harry Hopkins, favored pers [...]

    15. “Sleep in Peace Tonight” James MacManus. Harry Hopkins was one of the crucial players in twentieth century history; the “eyes and ears” for President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the critical years of 1941-42 when the fate of the world hung in balance. This novel, a blend of real history and a fictional romance, provides great insight into Harry Hopkins’ strategic visits to Great Britain in 1941 to assess the state of Britain’s struggle against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. [...]

    16. In Sleep In Peace Tonight, James MacManus skillfully weaves fact with fiction and the resulting story is a fascinating novel set during World War II. Beginning in January 1941, the story is rich in historical details as US envoy Harry Hopkins travels to Britain to assess the war torn country's ability to continue fighting the Germans in the early years of World War II. It is an intriguing and insightful view into a little known period of history that provides readers with a better understanding [...]

    17. A surprisingly good historical fiction account of FDR’s trusted advisor, Harry Hopkins, efforts to coordinate the Allied alliance of WWII. It’s stories like this one that bring what can be dry history – especially politics - to life.Harry Hopkins arrives in London as the Nazi’s try to pound the Brits into submission through nightly bombings. Mr. MacManus describes what it was like to live with the constant threat of destruction through Harry’s eyes. It’s the British stalwart attitude [...]

    18. Sleep in Peace Tonight was a great read. It is set, for the most part, in England in 1941. Harry Hopkins, FDR's adviser, is being sent to England to speak with Churchill. He'll spend many months talking with Churchill and writing to Roosevelt. He's there because of the war, of course. Popular opinion in the U.S. at the time being that war should be avoided at all costs no matter what--no matter what Hitler was doing in Europe or England, no matter how desperate the situation was growing. Churchi [...]

    19. I was really excited to read this book, I love history brought to life when it involves historical figures and actual events, and gives insight into the thought process and a bit of the behind the scenes. James MacManus has created a readable story that integrates the well-researched information of the triad of Churchill, Roosevelt and Simpson, but this relationship is more background to the exploits and worries of secondary players, Harry Hopkins. By now, most readers who would be drawn to this [...]

    20. I enjoyed this as a book I would not normally have picked up. Stopped several times to google the characters and historical elements abs enjoyed the history lesson as much as the love story.

    21. Henry L. Hopkins and President RosseveltSleep in Peace Tonight explores the period leading up to the United States entering World War II from the perspective of Harry L. Hopkins, President Roosevelt’s most trusted advisor. This historical fiction tracks Hopkins from early 1941, through the Atlantic Conference and Charter in August of 1941, Pearl Harbor and the balance of WWII.Reading this book will give you an inside perspective of the desperate situation England found itself in early 1941. Ch [...]

    22. Originally published on The Relentless Reader: therelentlessreader/20First off, I must warn you. As I read this book I kept grabbing my phone to look up a person or place. That, in turn, led me to another person or place. My warning is this: If you tend to slip down the rabbit hole of historical facts you will want to beware of this book. Digging for facts is one of my favorite activities and I completely enjoyed spending time searching the web. Who is Harry Hopkins? I consider myself a middling [...]

    23. I'm going to preface this review with a small caveat: I've been working on research for some time now about children who lived in the Roosevelts' White House, including Diana Hopkins, Harry Hopkins's young daughter. So this book was half pleasure, half research (as so many of my books are these days).I loved the intricate detail about Harry Hopkins; about his relationship with both FDR, one of the most calculating presidents this country's had, and with Winston Churchill, whose characterization, [...]

    24. Inaccuracies aside, this is a good novel if you want to learn more about Harry Hopkins and the relationship between the U.S. and Britain prior to the war. The details about the Blitz and about the various political maneuverings are detailed and give readers a good sense of what it must have been like to live in London, especially at such a confusing time. And the Hopkins character, while not exactly robust, is enough of an "every-man" to serve in the readers' stead as a go-between to Churchill a [...]

    25. Many thanks to Mr. Ivan Lett, Marketing Manager of St. Martin's Press for this complimentary novel which I won on Giveaway.In Sleep In Peace Tonight, James MacManus skillfully weaves fact with fiction and the resulting story is a fascinating novel set during World War II. Beginning in January 1941, the story is rich in historical details as US envoy Harry Hopkins travels to Britain to assess the war torn country’s ability to continue fighting the Germans in the early years of World War II. It [...]

    26. In this telling of events of 1941, during the blitz of London, James MacManus brings together an incredible cast of historic characters, all of whom were either in London during that time, or part of the events leading up to the U.S. becoming involved in WWII.Harry Hopkins, special envoy of FDR's travels to London to meet with Winston Churchill. Along the way, we meet Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, Pamela and Randolph Churchill, Jimmie Stewart, with Charles Lindbergh being mentioned due to [...]

    27. XXX I signed up for this book in the Giveaway because I had a vague notion of what Harry Hopkins was about, and hoped to glean more information. I was aware that he was a close friend to F.D. and Eleanor Roosevelt, and had had a hand in developing both FERA (Federal Emergency Relief Administration) and WPA (Works Progress Administration). Anyone who understood that it was better to end the depression by putting people to work rather than just shoving welfare at them has all my admiration.This i [...]

    28. This novel tells the story of Harry Hopkins, one of the men closest to FDR during the war years. Hopkins was FDR's emissary to Churchill in 1941 as the British struggled, the last remaining free European country, against the threat of German invasion, and tried to get the US to commit to Lend-Lease. Hopkins arrives in London unimpressed with Imperialism and British belief in its own superiority. It takes only a few nights of the Blitz and some close calls before his outlook swings 180 degrees. B [...]

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