Bearing in mind the scope of the subject Max Hastings did well to keep the book at a manageable 664 pages. This may account for his decision not to dwell on the so called 'special relationship' when dealing with Churchill's unending and unsuccessful efforts to make the US and it's president see the inevitablity of their having ultimately to join Great Britain in the war against Europe's Nazi and Fascist regimes.
There was in truth never any 'special relationship'.
In fact; as Hastings frequently shows, the opposite was true as far as most of America was concerned.
Churchill; being half American by birth, undoubtedly had a soft spot for America and it's people; but it was not reciprocated; and certainly not; once they did eventually become our allies, by the American leadership; civil or military.
One has only to look at the way in which; whilst purporting to 'aid' Great Britain, the United States cold bloodedly set out to ensure that the price of that aid would bring about Britain's financial ruin.
Hardly had the shooting stopped than the U.S. began pouring in massive aid to rapidly build up the economies of both it's erstwhile enemies, Germany and Japan; now viewed solely as allies against the communist threat.
And whilst aiding it's old enemies the US once again turned it's back on the British.
If there ever was a special relationship, it was only a fleeting sentimental one in the mind of Winston Churchill.