The Prime Minister and the President: John Curtin and Franklin D. Roosevelt in World War II


In the dramatic history of Australian-American relations during World War II, the Curtin-Roosevelt relationship is rarely given more than a minor bit part. This is hardly surprising. The two war leaders met only once, in April 1944, when both were clearly ailing. It was a time when most of the central problems of grand strategy had already been resolved. And their brief encounter only touched cursorily upon a few issues related to the likely contours of the post-war world. It was not the stuff of drama; not the material from which great legends are made.

Parallel Lives
Wartime Friction, 1942-44
Converging post-war visions 1943-44
Curtin in the United States
A Tragic Ending

Author: Dr Steven Casey
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Published by the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library © 2010