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Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath

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Nearly seventy years ago, during World War II, Hoover began to scribble the first words of what was later to be called his “magnum opus.” He did so in the shadow of three great disappointments: his inability to win the Republican nomination in 1940; his failed crusade to keep the United States out of World War II; and his frustrated bid to become the Great Humanitarian in Europe for a second time. But after a career extraordinarily rich in achievement and honors, only one accomplishment eluded him at the end: the publication of this book, Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath. After Hoover’s death, his heirs decided not to publish his magnum opus. Since then, for nearly half a century, it has remained in storage, unavailable for examination—until now.

In this book, perhaps the most ambitious and systematic work of World War II revisionism ever attempted, Hoover offers his frank evaluation of Roosevelt’s foreign policies before Pearl Harbor and policies during the war, as well as an examination of the war’s consequences, including the expansion of the Soviet empire at war’s end and the eruption of the cold war against the Communists. Throughout the work, Hoover raises critical questions, many of which are still under scrutiny today: Did Franklin Roosevelt deceitfully maneuver the United States into an undeclared and unconstitutional naval war with Germany in 1941? Did he unnecessarily appease Joseph Stalin at the pivotal Tehran conference in 1943? Was Roosevelt’s wartime policy of “unconditional surrender” a blunder? Did communist agents and sympathizers in the White House, Department of State, and Department of the Treasury play a malign role in some of America’s wartime decisions?

On these and other controversies Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath takes it stand. Hoover’s work reflects the foreign policy thinking not just of himself but of many American opinion makers during his lifetime and beyond. As such, it is a document with which we should be acquainted today. The intrinsic interest of Hoover’s book remains strong, in part because it insistently raises issues—in some cases moral issues—with whose consequences we live even now.

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Herbert Hoover’s magnum opus—part memoir, part diplomatic history—raises questions that continue to be debated to this day

A window on the mind and worldview of one of the twentieth century’s preeminent leaders, Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath represents the culmination of an extraordinary literary project that Herbert Hoover launched during World War II. At last published nearly fifty years after its completion—Hoover’s “magnum opus,” as it has been called, offers a revisionist reexamination of the war and its cold war aftermath and a sweeping indictment of the “lost statesmanship” of Franklin Roosevelt.

Freedom Betrayed originated as a volume of Hoover’s memoirs, a book initially focused on his battle against President Roosevelt’s foreign policies before Pearl Harbor. As time went on, however, Hoover widened his scope to include Roosevelt’s foreign policies during the war, as well as the war’s consequences: the expansion of the Soviet empire at war’s end and the eruption of the cold war against the Communists. On issue after issue, Hoover raises crucial questions that continue to be debated to this day—in the process offering many arguments that challenge us to see our past in a different light. Whether or not one ultimately accepts his arguments, the exercise of confronting them will be worthwhile to all.

Herbert Hoover (1874–1964) was president of the United States from 1929 to 1933. An internationally acclaimed humanitarian, he was the author of more than thirty books and founder of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.

Synopsis:

Herbert Hoover's "magnum opus"—at last published nearly fifty years after its completion—offers a revisionist reexamination of World War II and its cold war aftermath and a sweeping indictment of the "lost statesmanship" of Franklin Roosevelt. Hoover offers his frank evaluation of Roosevelt's foreign policies before Pearl Harbor and policies during the war, as well as an examination of the war's consequences, including the expansion of the Soviet empire at war's end and the eruption of the cold war against the Communists.

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The culmination of an extraordinary literary project that Herbert Hoover launched during World War II, his "magnum opus"—at last published nearly fifty years after its completion—offers a revisionist reexamination of the war and its cold war aftermath and a sweeping indictment of the "lost statesmanship" of Franklin Roosevelt. Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath originated as a volume of Hoover's memoirs, a book initially focused on his battle against President Roosevelt's foreign policies before Pearl Harbor. As time went on, however, Hoover widened his scope to include Roosevelt's foreign policies during the war, as well as the war's consequences: the expansion of the Soviet empire at war's end and the eruption of the cold war against the Communists.

On issue after issue, Hoover raises crucial questions that continue to be debated to this day. Did Franklin Roosevelt deceitfully maneuver the United States into an undeclared and unconstitutional naval war with Germany in 1941? Did he unnecessarily appease Joseph Stalin at the pivotal Tehran conference in 1943? Did communist agents and sympathizers in the White House, Department of State, and Department of the Treasury play a malign role in some of America's wartime decisions? Hoover raises numerous arguments that challenge us to think again about our past. Whether or not one ultimately accepts his arguments, the exercise of confronting them will be worthwhile to all.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817912345
Author:
Nash, George H.
Publisher:
Hoover Institution Press
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
General Political Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Hoover Institution Press Publication
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
1080
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Herbert Hoover’s magnum opus—part memoir, part diplomatic history—raises questions that continue to be debated to this day

A window on the mind and worldview of one of the twentieth century’s preeminent leaders, Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath represents the culmination of an extraordinary literary project that Herbert Hoover launched during World War II. At last published nearly fifty years after its completion—Hoover’s “magnum opus,” as it has been called, offers a revisionist reexamination of the war and its cold war aftermath and a sweeping indictment of the “lost statesmanship” of Franklin Roosevelt.

Freedom Betrayed originated as a volume of Hoover’s memoirs, a book initially focused on his battle against President Roosevelt’s foreign policies before Pearl Harbor. As time went on, however, Hoover widened his scope to include Roosevelt’s foreign policies during the war, as well as the war’s consequences: the expansion of the Soviet empire at war’s end and the eruption of the cold war against the Communists. On issue after issue, Hoover raises crucial questions that continue to be debated to this day—in the process offering many arguments that challenge us to see our past in a different light. Whether or not one ultimately accepts his arguments, the exercise of confronting them will be worthwhile to all.

Herbert Hoover (1874–1964) was president of the United States from 1929 to 1933. An internationally acclaimed humanitarian, he was the author of more than thirty books and founder of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.

"Synopsis" by , Herbert Hoover's "magnum opus"—at last published nearly fifty years after its completion—offers a revisionist reexamination of World War II and its cold war aftermath and a sweeping indictment of the "lost statesmanship" of Franklin Roosevelt. Hoover offers his frank evaluation of Roosevelt's foreign policies before Pearl Harbor and policies during the war, as well as an examination of the war's consequences, including the expansion of the Soviet empire at war's end and the eruption of the cold war against the Communists.
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