© 2012

The Embassy in Grosvenor Square

American Ambassadors to the United Kingdom, 1938–2008


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Alison R. Holmes, J. Simon Rofe
      Pages 1-18
  3. The Wartime Ambassadors, 1938–1946

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-22
    2. J. Simon Rofe
      Pages 23-48
    3. David Mayers
      Pages 49-63
    4. Martin H. Folly
      Pages 64-84
  4. The Cold War Ambassadors, 1947–1961

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-88
    2. Jonathan Colman
      Pages 89-102
    3. Jonathan Colman
      Pages 103-116
    4. Andrew Boxer
      Pages 117-134
    5. Thomas C. Mills
      Pages 135-148
  5. The Cold War Ambassadors, 1961–1981

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-151
    2. John W. Young
      Pages 153-170
    3. James Cameron
      Pages 171-188
  6. The Cold War Closers, 1981–2001

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-218
    2. Paul Trickett
      Pages 219-237
    3. Paul Trickett
      Pages 238-256
    4. Nicholas J. Cull
      Pages 257-269
  7. The Post-Cold War Ambassadors, 1991–2001

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-274

About this book


Covering the period 1938 to 2008, The Embassy in Grosvenor Square explores the role of the embassy in the Anglo-American 'special relationship', both in terms of transatlantic affairs and issues of international relations.


Anglo-American Cold War Kennedy, John F. kingdom

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Humboldt State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOASUniversity of LondonUK

About the authors

ANDREW BOXER Head of History and Director of Studies at Eastbourne College, East Sussex, UK JAMES CAMERON Ph.D. student in History at the University of Cambridge, UK JONATHAN COLMAN Lecturer in International History at the University of Salford, Greater Manchester, England. NICHOLAS J. CULL Professor of Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, USA JOHN DUMBRELL Professor of Government at Durham University, UK MARTIN H. FOLLY Senior Lecturer in International History in the Isambard Centre for Historical Research in the School of Social Sciences at Brunel University, London, UK DAVID MAYERS Professor at Boston University, where he holds a joint appointment in the History and Political Science, USA THOMAS C. MILLS Lecturer in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at Lancaster University, UK ALEX SPELLING Teaching Fellow in American History at the University of Aberdeen, UK PAUL TRICKETT PhD candidate at Coventry University, UK JOHN W. YOUNG Professor of International History at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Bibliographic information


"Kennedy is the earliest of the 20 US ambassadors to Britain to be scrutinised by the book's co-editors, Dr Rofe, and Dr Alison R. Holmes of Humboldt State University, and their team of fellow academics. They focus on the period 1938-2008, they say, because it 'covers the lifespan of the much debated term 'the special relationship' from its birth although not its conception in the Second World War and its aftermath, to the challenges of globalisation in the present day'. The Times

"Despite the long-running debate over the nature and significance of the Anglo-American 'special relationship,' historians have not until now had a comprehensive view of Washington's ambassadors in London. The sixteen well-written and impressively researched essays in this volume offer a fascinating perspective on diplomacy as practiced by governments that have remained close despite their many spats. This is a book that should appeal to general readers as well as to scholars and students." - Frank Costigliola, University of Connecticut

"...this is an excellent book, which will be very useful not just for the [...] group of people interested in the Embassy but also anyone interested in Anglo American relations since 1938 and US foreign policy in general." - Andrew Williams, University of St Andrews

"Never before has a collection been compiled that has such range and detail on the work of US ambassadors in London as this. The two editors have done an immensely valuable job in assembling a group of well-known scholars who help to fill an important gap in our understanding of Anglo-American relations." - Alan Dobson, University of Dundee

"Holmes and Rofe have gathered an impressive group of scholars (editors included) to explain the complexities of that diplomacy and the context of Anglo-American relations. A great taste of London's 'Little America'" - Michael Patrick Cullinane, Northumbria University, Times Higher Education

'This is a very useful book, and not just for those who have an interest in Anglo-American relations. Collectively they [the contributions] illuminate how much has changed in American diplomacy over the past seven decades and how much has not. The book is also a good reminder that even the best of friends often have profound differences.' Dennis Jett, The Foreign Service Journal

'This is a valuable addition to the literature on Anglo-American relations as it pioneers studies of the American ambassadors to the Court of St. James's. Not only is it a valuable contribution to the scholarly literature in the field but it should also be of interest to those who study Anglo-American relations.' Richie Ovendale, Journal of American History