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No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation Into War


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While Franklin Delano Roosevelts first hundred days may be the most celebrated period of his presidency, the months before the attack on Pearl Harbor proved the most critical. Beginning as early as 1939 when Germany first attacked Poland, Roosevelt skillfully navigated a host of challenges—a reluctant population, an unprepared military, and disagreements within his cabinet—to prepare the country for its inevitable confrontation with the Axis.

In No End Save Victory, esteemed historian David Kaiser draws on extensive archival research to reveal the careful preparations that enabled the United States to win World War II. Alarmed by Germany and Japans aggressive militarism, Roosevelt understood that the United States would almost certainly be drawn into the conflict raging in Europe and Asia. However, the American populace, still traumatized by memories of the First World War, was reluctant to intervene in European and Asian affairs. Even more serious was the deplorable state of the American military. In September of 1940, Roosevelts military advisors told him that the US would not have the arms, ammunition, or men necessary to undertake any major military operation overseas—let alone win such a fight—until April of 1942. Aided by his closest military and civilian collaborators, Roosevelt pushed a series of military expansions through Congress that nearly doubled the size of the US Navy and Army, and increased production of the arms, tanks, bombers, and warships that would allow America to prevail in the coming fight.

Highlighting Roosevelts deft management of the strong personalities within his cabinet and his able navigation of the shifting tides of war, No End Save Victory is the definitive account of Americas preparations for and entry into World War II. As Kaiser shows, it was Roosevelts masterful leadership and prescience that prepared the reluctant nation to fight—and gave it the tools to win.


An acclaimed historian reveals how Roosevelt and his cabinet engineered Americas entry into—and ultimate victory in—World War II.

About the Author

David Kaiser is a Stanley Kaplan Visiting Professor at Williams College, and has taught history for 37 years, first at Harvard and later at Carnegie Mellon and the Naval War College. He is the author of seven books, including American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of the Vietnam War and The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Kaiser has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and The New Republic, and blogs at historyunfolding.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Generation, A Man, A Moment

Chapter 1: Civilization Under Threat, May 1940

Chapter 2: Arms and Politics, May–August 1940

Chapter 3: The Growing Threat of World War, June–September 1940

Chapter 4: Reelection and Reassessment, October 1940–January 1941

Chapter 5: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back, January–May 1941

Chapter 6: Enlisting the Nation: January–June 1941

Chapter 7: Toward World War, June–August 1941

Chapter 8: Planning for Victory, August–November 1941

Chapter 9: To Pearl Harbor, October–December 1941

Epilogue: Generations in Crisis

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Kaiser, David
Basic Books (AZ)
David Kaiser
United States - 20th Century
US History - 20th Century
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