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War and peace : FDR's final odyssey, D-Day to Yalta, 1943-1945, Nigel Hamilton

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War and peace : FDR's final odyssey, D-Day to Yalta, 1943-1945
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War and peace
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FDR's final odyssey, D-Day to Yalta, 1943-1945
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Nigel Hamilton
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  • War & peace
  • FDR's final odyssey, D-Day to Yalta, 1943-1945
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FDRs final odyssey, D-Day to Yalta, 1943-1945
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eng
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"To mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the ... climax to Nige l Hamilton's three-part saga of FDR at war--proof that he was WWII's key strategist, even on his deathbed."--
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  • Hamilton (Commander in Chief: FDR’s Battle with Churchill) closes out his trilogy focusing on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s role in WWII with this thorough and deliberate recounting of the final months of Roosevelt’s life, during which he suffered through increasingly poor health while leading the U.S. toward the end of the war. Hamilton aims “not only to chart with fresh clarity how dire was his affliction, but how exactly it affected his decisions and once masterly performance as commander in chief of the Western Allies.” Hamilton shows how Roosevelt “held the feet of the British to the D-Day fire” during the 1943 Tehran meetings, when Churchill began to doubt the war strategy prior to meeting with Stalin. Returning from that success, Roosevelt’s health took a turn for the worse; what first seemed to be a bout of flu was more serious cardiac complications. While ill, he won an unprecedented fourth term as president, rekindled an affair with Lucy Rutherfurd, and met again with Stalin and Churchill in Yalta to plan for a postwar world order, including the founding of the United Nations. The depth of coverage of these 17 months may be more than some readers desire, but it vividly recreates FDR’s decline and makes his accomplishments all the more impressive. Like its predecessors in the trilogy, this volume will reward readers of WWII and presidential history. Illus. (May)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 04/08/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 14, p)
  • Drawing from primary documents that President Franklin D. Roosevelt planned to use to write his memoirs, as well as diaries from people close to the major figures involved in planning D-Day and the end of World War II, Hamilton presents the final installment of his bibliographic trilogy, after The Mantle of Command and Commander in Chief, tracing an engaging and eye-opening series of events from the Tehran Summit through the Yalta Conference and finally Roosevelt's untimely death in 1945. Challenging what is conventionally and popularly known about the final political moves of the war through Churchill's memoirs, the book shows how intimately involved Roosevelt was in coordinating military plans, handpicking leaders, and lobbying for maneuvers to help end the war, even when faced with extreme opposition and suspicion from Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Providing more context about the planning of D-Day, this work makes an ideal companion to presidential historian Michael Beschloss's The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941–1945. VERDICT A fantastic read on its own or as part of the series for anyone interested in World War II political history or presidential memoirs. --Elan Ward (Reviewed 06/01/2019) (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 5, p130)
  • The final installment of the biographer's significant study of Franklin Roosevelt's sine qua non leadership in World War II. It seems safe to say that, following his Commander in Chief: FDR'S Battle with Churchill, 1943 (2016), Hamilton is not Winston Churchill's greatest admirer. As this volume recounts frequently and at length, Churchill often attempted to assert British leadership of the tripartite alliance with the United States and the Soviet Union, especially by pressing not for a cross-Channel invasion of Europe but instead for a push up through Italy, "an alternative Mediterranean strategy" that had the virtue, for Churchill, of taking place in a theater that was largely in the British sphere to begin with. Churchill's strategy endangered one of D-Day's lesser-known effects: The Western Allies' pledge to open a second front in continental Europe would in turn produce a deepening of the war in the East—so Stalin promised, at any rate, while nursing a private bitterness that the Soviet Union had borne the brunt of the fight. Meanwhile, Germany exploited the weaknesses that emerged by floating hints of making a separate peace, with Joseph Goebbels noting in his diary that "Americans have only a secondary interest in the war in Europe and are only inspired by the war against Japan." Even so, and against the odds, the Allies held together, an achievement that Hamilton credits to FDR's unwavering leadership even in the face of Churchill's maneuvering—and even though FDR, by the author's account, knew that he was dying and still pressed on. The fact that those German offers were floated in March 1945, however—no secret from Hitler but a deliberate strategy—increased the Soviet mistrust of the Western powers and, Hamilton suggests, may have "presaged the Cold War" that followed the defeat of the Axis powers. Of considerable interest to students of presidential and American military history, though likely to court criticism from the Churchill camp. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2019)
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Hamilton, Nigel
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940.53/2273
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  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
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index present
LC call number
D753
LC item number
.H259 2019
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non fiction
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bibliography
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FDR at war
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  • Roosevelt, Franklin D.
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
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FDR's final odyssey, D-Day to Yalta, 1943-1945
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War and peace : FDR's final odyssey, D-Day to Yalta, 1943-1945, Nigel Hamilton
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacontent
Contents
Going to see Stalin -- Stonewall Roosevelt -- Triumph in Tehran -- Who will command Overlord? -- In sickness and in health -- D-Day -- The July plot -- Hawaii -- Quebec -- Yalta -- Warm Springs
Control code
2018043601
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 578 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780544876804
Lccn
2018043601
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations, maps
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(OCoLC)1060182613
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War and peace : FDR's final odyssey, D-Day to Yalta, 1943-1945, Nigel Hamilton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Going to see Stalin -- Stonewall Roosevelt -- Triumph in Tehran -- Who will command Overlord? -- In sickness and in health -- D-Day -- The July plot -- Hawaii -- Quebec -- Yalta -- Warm Springs
Control code
2018043601
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 578 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780544876804
Lccn
2018043601
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1060182613

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