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Archival sources

Bodleian Library, Oxford. Papers of:

Lord George-Brown

Paul Gore-Booth

Anthony Greenwood

Harold Wilson

Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, Austin, Texas (LBJL):

Cabinet Papers

Meeting Notes File

National Security Files (NSF)

Oral history interview with David K. E. Bruce, conducted by Thomas H. Baker, 9 December 1971

Papers of Francis M. Bator

Papers of Gardner Ackley

Papers of George W. Ball

Papers of Willie Day Taylor

President’s Appointment File (Diary Backup)

Recordings of telephone conversations: White House Series

Statements of Lyndon B. Johnson

Tom Johnson’s Notes of Meetings

White House Central Files (WHCF) White House Press Office Files

John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, Massachusetts (JFKL):

Oral history interview with Harold Wilson, conducted by Richard E. Neustadt, 23 March 1964

Public Record Office, London (PRO):

Cabinet Office (CAB 128, 129, 133)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO 7, 15)

Foreign Office (FO 371)

Prime Minister’s Office (PREM 13)

US National Archives and Record Administration, College Park, Maryland (State Department – RG 59) (NARA):

Lot Files

Subject-Numeric Files, 1963

Subject-Numeric Files, 1964–66

Subject-Numeric Files, 1967–69

Virginia State Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia (VHS):

The Diaries of David K. E. Bruce

Printed primary sources

Baylis, John (ed.), Anglo-American Relations Since 1939: The Enduring Alliance (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1997).

Beschloss, Michael, Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson’s Secret White House Tapes, 1964–1965 (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001).

Cmnd. 2756, Recent Exchanges Concerning Attempts to Promote a Negotiated Settlement of the Conflict in Vietnam (London: HMSO, 1965).

Cmnd. 2901, Statement on the Defence Estimates 1966, Part I, The Defence Review (London: HMSO, 1966), pp. 4–11.

Cmnd. 3357, Supplementary Statement on Defence Policy 1967 (London: HMSO, 1967).

Foreign Relations of the United States 1964–1968 series (Washington DC: USGPO).

McDonald, Ian S. (ed.), Anglo-American Relations Since the Second World War (London: David & Charles, 1974).

Ovendale, Ritchie (ed.), British Defence Policy Since 1945 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994).


The Sunday Times

The Times

Memoirs and diaries

Ball, George, The Past Has Another Pattern: Memoirs (New York: Norton, 1982).

Benn, Tony, Out of the Wilderness: Diaries, 1963–1967 (London: Hutchinson, 1987).

Brandon, Henry, Special Relationships: A Foreign Correspondent’s Memoirs from Roosevelt to Reagan (London: Macmillan, 1988).

Brown, George, In My Way (London: Victor Gollancz, 1971).

Cairncross, Alec, The Wilson Years: A Treasury Diary (London: Historians’ Press, 1997).

Callaghan, James, Time and Chance (London: Collins, 1987).

Castle, Barbara, The Castle Diaries, 1964–1970 (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1984).

Crossman, Richard, The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister, vol. I, Minister of Housing, 1964–66 (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1975).

——The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister, vol. II, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons, 1966–68 (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1976).

Healey, Denis, The Time of My Life (London: Michael Joseph, 1989).

Johnson, Lyndon B., The Vantage Point: Perspectives of the Presidency, 1963–1969 (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971).

Kaiser, Philip M., Journeying Far and Wide: A Political and Diplomatic Memoir (New York: Scribners, 1992).

King, Cecil, The Cecil King Diary 1965–1970 (London: Cape, 1972).

Short, Edward, Whip to Wilson: The Crucial Years of the Labour Government (London: Macdonald, 1989).

Wigg, Lord, George Wigg (London: Michael Joseph, 1972).

Williams, Marcia, Inside No. 10 (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1972).

Wilson, Harold, The Labour Government, 1964–1970: A Personal Record (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1971).

Contemporary pamphlets

Coates, Ken, The Dirty War in Mr. Wilson: Or How He Learned to Stop Worrying About Vietnam and Learned to Love the Dollar (privately published, 1966).

Zilliacus, Konrad, Labour’s Crisis: Its Nature, Cause and Consequence (privately published, 1966).

Secondary sources: books

Aldrich, Richard, The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence (London: John Murray, 2001).

Ashton, Nigel, Kennedy, Macmillan and the Cold War: The Irony of Interdependence (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002).

Ball, George, Diplomacy for a Crowded World (Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1976).

Bartlett, C. J., ‘The Special Relationship’: A Political History of Anglo-American Relations Since 1945 (London: Longman, 1992).

Baylis, John, Anglo-American Defence Relations, 1939–1984 (London: Macmillan, 1984).

Brands, H. W., The Wages of Globalism: Lyndon B. Johnson and the Limits of American Power (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995).

Brown, Neville, Arms Without Empire: British Defence in the Modern World (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1967).

Butler, D. E., and Anthony King, The General Election of 1964 (London: Macmillan, 1964).

——The General Election of 1966 (London: Macmillan, 1966).

Cohen, Warren, and Nancy Bernkopf Tucker (eds), Lyndon Johnson Confronts the World: American Foreign Policy, 1963–1968 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).

Conkin, Paul K., Big Daddy from the Pedernales: Lyndon Baines Johnson (Boston: Twayne, 1986).

Coopey, R., S. Fielding and N. Tiratsoo (eds), The Wilson Governments, 1964–1970 (London: Pinter 1993).

Dallek, Robert, Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908–1960 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991).

——Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961–1971 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998).

Danchev, Alex, On Specialness: Essays in Anglo-American Relations (London: Macmillan, 1997).

Dickie, John, ‘Special’ No More: Anglo-American Relations, Rhetoric and Reality (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1994).

Dimbleby, David, and David Reynolds, An Ocean Apart: The Relationship Between Britain and American in the Twentieth Century (New York: Vintage, 1989).

Dobson, Alan P., The Politics of the Anglo-American Economic Special Relationship (Brighton: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1988).

——Anglo-American Relations in the Twentieth Century (London: Routledge, 1995).

Dockrill, Michael, British Defence Policy Since 1945 (London: Macmillan, 1988).

Dockrill, Saki, Britain’s Retreat from East of Suez: The Choice Between Europe and the World? (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002).

Dorrill, Stephen, and Robin Ramsey, Smear! Wilson and the Secret State (London: Grafton, 1991).

Dumbrell, John, The Making of US Foreign Policy (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1990).

——A Special Relationship: Anglo-American Relations in the Cold War and After (London: Macmillan, 2001).

Dunn, David H. (ed.), Diplomacy at the Highest Level: The Evolution of International Summitry (London: Macmillan, 1996).

Eubank, Keith, The Summit Conferences 1919–1960 (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma, 1966).

Foot, Paul, The Politics of Harold Wilson (London: Penguin, 1968).

Geyelin, Philip, Lyndon B. Johnson and the World (London: Pall Mall, 1966).

Goodwin, Doris Kearns, Lyndon B. Johnson and the American Dream (New York: Harper and Row, 1976).

Haftendorn, Helga, NATO and the Nuclear Revolution: A Crisis of Credibility (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996).

Kissinger, Henry, The Troubled Partnership: A Reappraisal of the Atlantic Alliance (New York: McGraw Hill, 1965).

Lankford, Nelson K., The Last American Aristocrat: The Biography of David K. E. Bruce (New York: Little, Brown, 1996).

Louis, Wm. Roger and Hedley Bull (eds), The Special Relationship: Anglo-American Relations Since 1945 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986).

Morgan, Austen, Harold Wilson (London: Pluto, 1992).

Morgan, Kenneth O., Callaghan: A Life (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997).

Murray, Donette, Kennedy, Macmillan and Nuclear Weapons (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000).

Nunnerley, David, President Kennedy and Britain (London: The Bodley Head, 1972).

Ovendale, Ritchie, Anglo-American Relations in the Twentieth Century (London: Macmillan, 1998).

Pickering, Jeffrey, Britain’s Withdrawal from East of Suez: The Politics of Retrenchment (London: Macmillan, 1998).

Pimlott, Ben, Harold Wilson (London: Harper Collins, 1992).

Plischke, Elmer, Diplomat-in-Chief: The President at the Summit (New York: Praeger, 1986).

Ponting, Clive, Breach of Promise: Labour in Power, 1964–1970 (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1989).

Renwick, Robin, Fighting With Allies: America and Britain in Peace and at War (New York: Times Books, 1996).

Reynolds, David, Britannia Overruled: British Policy and World Power in the Twentieth Century (London: Longman, 1991).

Roth, Andrew, Can Parliament Decide … About Europe or About Anything? (London: Macdonald, 1971).

——Harold Wilson: Yorkshire Walter Mitty (London: Macdonald, 1977).

Schwartz, Thomas Alan, Lyndon Johnson and Europe: In the Shadow of Vietnam (Cambridge, MA, and London: Harvard, 2003).

Shrimsley, Anthony, The First Hundred Days of Harold Wilson (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1965).

Steinbruner, John D., The Cybernetic Theory of Decision (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1974).

Summers, Anthony, Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover (London: Corgi, 1994).

Warbey, William, Vietnam: The Truth (London: The Merlin Press, 1965).

Watt, D. Cameron, Succeeding John Bull: America in Britain’s Place (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984).

Williams, Geoffrey and Bruce Reed, Denis Healey and the Policies of Power (London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1971).

Ziegler, Philip, Wilson: The Authorised Life of Lord Wilson of Rievaulx (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1993).

Secondary sources: articles and papers

Dawson, Raymond, and Richard Rosecrance, ‘Theory and reality in the Anglo-American alliance’, World Politics, 19 (October 1966), pp. 21–51.

Dockrill, Saki, ‘Forging the Anglo-American global defence partnership: Harold Wilson, Lyndon Johnson and the Washington summit, December 1964’, Journal of Strategic Studies, 23: 4 (December 2000), pp. 107–29.

Dumbrell, John, ‘The Johnson administration and the British Labour Government: Vietnam, the pound and East of Suez’, Journal of American Studies, 30 (1996), pp. 211–31.

Dumbrell, John and Sylvia Ellis, ‘British involvement in Vietnam peace initiatives, 1966– 1967: Marigolds, Sunflowers, and “Kosygin Week”’, Diplomatic History, 27: 1 (January, 2003), pp. 113–49.

Dunn, David H., ‘How useful is summitry?’, in David H. Dunn (ed.), Diplomacy at the Highest Level: The Evolution of International Summitry (London: Macmillan, 1996), pp. 247–68.

——‘What is summitry?’, in David H. Dunn (ed.), Diplomacy at the Highest Level: The Evolution of International Summitry (London: Macmillan, 1996), pp. 3–22.

Ellis, Sylvia, ‘Lyndon B. Johnson, Harold Wilson and the Vietnam War: a not-so special relationship?’, in Jonathan Hollowell (ed.), Twentieth Century Anglo-American Relations (London: Palgrave, 2001), pp. 180–204.

——‘“With us, but wobbly on negotiations”: America, Britain and the Vietnam War, 1964–1968’, paper given at the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations, American University, Washington DC, June 2001.

Fielding, Jeremy, ‘Coping with decline: US policy toward the British defence reviews of 1966’, Diplomatic History, 23: 4 (Fall, 1999), pp. 633–56.

Kunz, Diane, ‘Lyndon Johnson’s dollar diplomacy’, History Today, 42 (April 1992), pp. 45–51.

——‘“Somewhat mixed-up together”: Anglo-American defence and financial policy during the 1960s’, Journal of Commonwealth and Imperial History, 27: 2 (May 1999), pp. 213–32.

Plischke, Elmer, ‘Lyndon Johnson as diplomat-in-chief’, in Bernard J. Firestone and Robert C. Vogt (eds), Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Uses of Power (New York: Greenwood Press, 1988), pp. 257–86.

Reynolds, David, ‘A “special relationship”? America, Britain and the international order since the Second World War’, International Affairs, 62 (1986), pp. 1–20.

Roy, Rajarshi, ‘The battle for Bretton Woods: America, Britain and the international financial crisis of October 1967–March 1968’, Cold War History, 2: 2 (January 2002), pp. 33–60.

Watt, D. C., ‘Summits and summitry reconsidered’, International Relations, II (1963), pp. 493–504.

Watts, Carl P., ‘The “courtesan’s customer”: the United States, Britain and the Rhodesian crisis’, unpublished paper, 2003.

Wilson, Harold, ‘How a prime minister and an ambassador almost stopped the Vietnam War’, The Diplomatist, 35: 4 (April 1979), pp. 30–2.

Wrigley, Chris, ‘Now you see it, now you don’t: Harold Wilson and Labour’s foreign policy, 1964–1970’, in R. Coopey, S. Fielding and N. Tiratsoo (eds), The Wilson Governments, 1964–1970 (London: Pinter 1993), pp. 123–35.

Young, John W., ‘The Wilson government and the Davies peace mission to North Vietnam’ (July 1965), Review of International Studies, 24 (1998), pp. 545–62.

Secondary sources: dissertations

Ellis, Sylvia, ‘Anglo-American Relations and the Vietnam War, 1964–68’, PhD dissertation, University of Newcastle, 1999.

Priest, Andrew John, ‘Two Among Many: Anglo-American Relations, Multilateralism and Naval Policy, 1962–68’, PhD dissertation, University of Birmingham, 2002.

Roy, Rajarshi, ‘The Battle of the Pound: The Political Economy of Anglo-American Relations, 1964–68’, PhD dissertation, London School of Economics, 2000.

Twine, Christopher, ‘Anglo-American Relations and the Vietnam War, 1964–67’, PhD dissertation, University of Wales Aberystwyth, 2000.

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A ‘special relationship’?

Harold Wilson, Lyndon B. Johnson and Anglo-American relations ‘at the summit’, 1964–68


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