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Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Rooseveltby H. W. Brands
A Washington Post Notable Book
Synopses & Reviews
andldquo;This is revisionist history in the best sense of the word andmdash; it forces us to rethink assumptions and to reconsider the way that history unfolded . . . This bold argument is extensively researched, well stated, and will undoubtedly change the way we see Franklin Roosevelt.andrdquo; andmdash; Christian Science Monitor
andldquo;A fine beginning to an important project.andrdquo; andmdash; Wall Street Journal
Based on years of archival research and interviews with the last surviving aides and Roosevelt family members, The Mantle of Command offers a radical new perspective on Franklin Delano Rooseveltandrsquo;s masterful andmdash; and underappreciated andmdash; leadership of the Allied war effort. After the disaster at Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt devised a global strategy that would save Churchill and the British and defeat Hitler and the Japanese. As Nigel Hamiltonandrsquo;s account reaches its climax and U.S. forces conduct Operation Torch andmdash; the successful invasion of French Northwest Africa andmdash; the tide of war turns in the Alliesandrsquo; favor, and FDRandrsquo;s genius for military command is clear. This intimate, sweeping look at a great President in historyandrsquo;s greatest conflict is gripping, essential reading.
A brilliant evocation of the qualities that made FDR one of the most beloved and greatest of American presidents.
Drawing on archival material, public speeches, correspondence and accounts by those closest to Roosevelt early in his career and during his presidency, H. W. Brands shows how Roosevelt transformed American government during the Depression with his New Deal legislation, and carefully managed the country's prelude to war. Brands shows how Roosevelt's friendship and regard for Winston Churchill helped to forge one of the greatest alliances in history, as Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin maneuvered to defeat Germany and prepare for post-war Europe.
A dramatic, eye-opening account of how FDR took personal charge of the military direction of World War II.
Longlisted for the National Book Award
andldquo;This bold argument . . . will undoubtedly change the way we see Franklin Roosevelt.andrdquo;
andmdash;Christian Science Monitor
andldquo;Masterly.andrdquo; andmdash; Wall Street Journal
A dramatic, eye-opening account of how FDR took personal charge of the military direction of World War II
Based on years of archival research and interviews with the last surviving Roosevelt aides and family members, The Mantle of Command offers a radical new perspective on Franklin Delano Rooseveltandrsquo;s masterful andmdash; and underappreciated andmdash; leadership of the Allied war effort. After the disaster of Pearl Harbor, we see Roosevelt devising a global strategy that will defeat Hitler and the Japanese, rescue Churchill and the British people, and quell a near insurrection of his own American generals and War Department. All the while, Hamiltonandrsquo;s account drives toward Operation Torch andmdash; the invasion of French Northwest Africa andmdash; and the outcome of the war hangs in the balance. The Mantle of Command is an intimate, sweeping look at a great President in historyandrsquo;s greatest conflict.
About the Author
H. W. BRANDS is the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. The author of Andrew Jackson, Lone Star Nation, and The Age of Gold, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for biography for The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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