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The Hopkins touch : Harry Hopkins and the forging of the alliance to defeat Hitler, David L. Roll

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The Hopkins touch : Harry Hopkins and the forging of the alliance to defeat Hitler
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The Hopkins touch
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Harry Hopkins and the forging of the alliance to defeat Hitler
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David L. Roll
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  • Roll makes the case in this lively book that Harry Hopkins was “arguably the most powerful presidential aide in the history of the American republic.” Even if not, Hopkins surely acted as Franklin Roosevelt’s alter ego, intimate, and sounding board for all of WWII. An emollient presence admired by both Churchill and Stalin, this frail and sickly man brought a natural prudence and impeccably balanced judgment to the advice he offered FDR and the duties he performed for him. Unjustifiably feared by those who didn’t really know him as a kind of Rasputin to the president, as Roll makes clear, Hopkins was instead implementer of others’ decisions as much as the source of ideas and advice. The author can’t seem to make up his mind whether he’s writing a biography, often overdetailed, of Hopkins during the war years—when he actually lived much of the time in the White House—or trying to illuminate, using interviews and freshly opened documents, the sources of WWII policy making. But there’s no doubt that Roll, in his debut book, has added to WWII history by illuminating Hopkins’s “indispensable behind-the-scenes role.” 32 b&w illus. Agent: Kirsten Neuhaus, Kirsten Neuhaus Literary Agency. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed September 3, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 36, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ America's best presidents have shared the knack of attracting talent to their administrations. This was surely the case with FDR's selection of Harry Hopkins as his closest adviser. Though Hopkins and FDR were from different social classes and areas of the country, they were alike in other ways, especially in their apparent decisions to live life to the fullest despite poor health, by self-actualizing through the political arena—one as president and the other as almost a shadow president. To some extent this book is an update of Robert Sherwood's Pulitzer Prize-winning Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History (1948), but attorney Roll (Louis Johnson and the Arming of America ), whose book is half the length, seems to share his subject's ability to cut to the chase. The bulk of his book deals with Hopkins's time in the White House, where he became FDR's closest confidant during World War II, serving as de facto secretary of state and national security adviser. VERDICT This delightful book—a genuine page turner—portrays the relationship between FDR and Hopkins in a balanced manner while maintaining the reader's interest with insights into the important players of World War II. Scholars and general readers interested in the era will thoroughly enjoy it. An essential purchase.— William D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport --William D. Pederson (Reviewed December 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 20, p94)
  • Examination of Franklin Roosevelt adviser Harry Hopkins (1890–1946) and his largely behind-the-scenes role in the outcome of World War II. Iowa-native Hopkins rose through the ranks of public service during the 1920s to become one of the architects of FDR's New Deal programs. A bureaucratic genius with serious health problems, he was a controversial figure in his day. He once harbored presidential ambitions of his own, but his lasting influence, argues Roll (co-author: Louis Johnson and the Arming of America: The Roosevelt and Truman Years, 2005), is due to his diplomatic efforts on FDR's behalf with the key members of the Allied coalition to defeat the Nazis. The author writes in a clear, concise style and is able to keep the narrative moving briskly through policy discussions and squabbles among politicians, diplomats and military leaders. The "touch" referred to in the title is the same quality of personality that enabled Hopkins to form relationships with not only Roosevelt and Churchill, but also Stalin and other officials (Churchill dubbed him "Lord Root of the Matter"). Hopkins' unique relationship with FDR has been covered before, most famously in fellow aide Robert Sherwood's 1948 Pulitzer Prize–winning Roosevelt and Hopkins. While conceding his debt to Sherwood, Roll makes use of copious material that was not available at that time, including documents from the former Soviet archives, to present a fuller portrait. The storyline that emerges is that of all-too-human men—often petulant, stubborn, wrongheaded or too easily manipulated—making decisions that would affect the course of world history. A compelling portrait of a World War II hero whose victories took place far from the battlefield.(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2013)
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10151726
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1940-
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Roll, David L.
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940.53/2
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  • illustrations
  • maps
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index present
LC call number
D753
LC item number
.R64 2013
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Hopkins, Harry L.
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D.
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Statesmen
  • United States
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Harry Hopkins and the forging of the alliance to defeat Hitler
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The Hopkins touch : Harry Hopkins and the forging of the alliance to defeat Hitler, David L. Roll
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [469]-480) and index
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908103
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24 cm
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510 pages
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9780199891955
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2012012254
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illustrations, maps
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(Sirsi) i9780199891955
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The Hopkins touch : Harry Hopkins and the forging of the alliance to defeat Hitler, David L. Roll
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [469]-480) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
908103
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
510 pages
Isbn
9780199891955
Lccn
2012012254
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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(Sirsi) i9780199891955

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