The original pamplet - whose text has been reproduced in this Bodleian Library, University of Oxford 2nd edition reprint of 2004 -attracted quite a lot of attention in Britain at the time, not least because it gave an unusually direct view of how the British were seen by others.
An editorial in the London Times on July 14th 1942 suggested that it should become a best seller which - "ought to be aquired by British readers in quantities unequalled even by the many works of Edgar Wallace or Nat Gould "
Perhaps slightly tongue in cheek, the writer compared the pamplet to the works of Irving, Emerson & Hawthorne, all writers who had tried to interpret Britain to an American audience, and commented that - "None of their august expositions has the spotlight directness of this revelation of plain common horse senseunderstandingof evident truths " -which no doubt rang in Ed Murrow's ears - as he flew on Allied bombing raids in Europe during the war, providing additional reports from the planes as they droned on over Europe - following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.
President Bush in his interview with the London Times - was reported to have said that " I am under firm instructions from my wife to pick up a copy of the pamphlet "
Good Night, And Good Luck
With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, the ground breaking Ed Murrow and his dedicated staff @CBS - headed by his producers Fred Friendly & Joe Wershba - defied corporate and sponsorship pressures - in a true spirit of conscious capitalism - to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetratred by Senator McCarthy during his communist 'witch-hunts'.
I can think of no better way of expressing my own feelings about - the special relationship - than to pay credit to George Clooney & Grant Heslov - for bringing us that brilliant, compelling & mesmerising epic ...