New PDF release: A 'special relationship'?: Harold Wilson, Lyndon B. Johnson

By Jonathan Colman

ISBN-10: 0719070104

ISBN-13: 9780719070105

Drawing upon an in depth diversity of resources from either side of the Atlantic, this booklet presents the 1st full-length research of the arguable courting among Harold Wilson and Lyndon B. Johnson. whereas Wilson used to be a company supporter of the belief of a "special courting" among Britain and the U.S. and desired to use his dealings with the White residence to reinforce his credentials as an international statesman, Johnson held the British chief in low esteem and disdained the assumption of a "special" Anglo-American courting. problems stemming from the Vietnam warfare, British fiscal weak spot and the UK's abrogation of its global energy prestige exacerbated the tension among Wilson and Johnson, resulting in what used to be essentially the most bothered of all of the relationships among British top ministers and American presidents.

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35 Virginia State Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia (VHS), Diary of David K. E. Bruce, MSS 5:1B8303:50, entry for 25 November 1964. 36 James Callaghan, Time and Chance (London: Collins, 1987), p. 176. 37 PRO, PREM 13/103, ‘Note for the Record’, 27 November 1964. 38 Richard Crossman, Diaries of a Cabinet Minister, vol. I, Minister of Housing 1964–1966 (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1975), p. 117, entry for 3 January 1965. 39 Lord Wigg, George Wigg (London: Michael Joseph, 1972), p. 309. , 19 November 1964.

It could also be the ‘arm around the shoulder, talking eyeball-toeyeball treatment’. In this approach ‘the President’s gaze usually went through the other persons head’. Alternatively, Johnson could dispense the ‘Gary Cooper Treatment’, rocking back and forth in his chair and listening ‘with such gruelling patience that his opponent was usually driven into the sands of silence’. Regardless of Johnson’s personal approach, the White House feared that Wilson would “do a Macmillan” on the President; that is to say, that he would lead the President up the garden path in the way that his predecessor had been led up the garden path over Skybolt’ in 1962 – the view was that in the run-up to the Nassau conference Macmillan played up the crisis caused by the American cancellation of Skybolt in order to put pressure on the Administration, and there were fears that Wilson might in some comparable way try to exploit the vulnerability of the White House on the matter of the MLF.

35 Virginia State Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia (VHS), Diary of David K. E. Bruce, MSS 5:1B8303:50, entry for 25 November 1964. 36 James Callaghan, Time and Chance (London: Collins, 1987), p. 176. 37 PRO, PREM 13/103, ‘Note for the Record’, 27 November 1964. 38 Richard Crossman, Diaries of a Cabinet Minister, vol. I, Minister of Housing 1964–1966 (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1975), p. 117, entry for 3 January 1965. 39 Lord Wigg, George Wigg (London: Michael Joseph, 1972), p. 309. , 19 November 1964.

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