Synopses & Reviews
A andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestseller, andlt;iandgt;The Conquerorsandlt;/iandgt; reveals how Franklin Roosevelt's and Harry Truman's private struggles with their aides and Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin affected the unfolding of the Holocaust and the fate of vanquished Nazi Germany.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With monumental fairness and balance, andlt;iandgt;The Conquerorsandlt;/iandgt; shows how Roosevelt privately refused desperate pleas to speak out directly against the Holocaust, to save Jewish refugees and to explore the possible bombing of Auschwitz to stop the killing. The book also shows FDR's fierce will to ensure that Germany would never threaten the world again. Near the end of World War II, he abruptly endorsed the secret plan of his friend, Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, to reduce the Germans to a primitive existence -- despite Churchill's fear that crushing postwar Germany would let the Soviets conquer the continent. The book finally shows how, after FDR's death, President Truman rebelled against Roosevelt's tough approach and adopted the Marshall Plan and other more conciliatory policies that culminated in today's democratic, united Europe.
Jim Hoagland The Washington Post An incomparable account.
andlt;Iandgt;The Wall Street Journalandlt;/Iandgt; Opinion Journal, "Editor's Choice" A gripping narrative of the struggles at the end of World War II...to ensure that Nazi Germany would never be allowed to repeat its horrific acts.
Richard Bernstein andlt;Iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; The main lesson of Mr. Beschloss's fine study is that what happens after a war is as important as what happens on the battlefield.
andlt;Iandgt;The New York Times Book Reviewandlt;/Iandgt; Vigorously written....This is history as it was spoken at the time, and there is not a dull page.
Jim Hoagland andlt;Iandgt;The Washington Postandlt;/Iandgt; An incomparable account.
Based on thousands of pages of newly opened documents and detailed notes by the highest-level players, this acclaimed book reveals how FDR and Truman's private struggles with their allies and aides affected the unfolding of the Holocaust and the fate of vanquished Nazi Germany.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Michael Beschlossandlt;/bandgt; has been called "the nation's leading Presidential historian" by andlt;Iandgt;Newsweek.andlt;/iandgt; He has written eight books on American Presidents and is NBC News Presidential Historian, as well as contributor to PBS's andlt;Iandgt;The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.andlt;/iandgt; He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two sons.
Table of Contents
The Plot to Murder Hitler
"Fifty Thousand Germans Must Be Shot!"
"On the Back of an Envelope"
The Terrible Silence
The "One Hundred Percent American"
"Oppressor of the Jews"
"We Will Have to Get Awfully Busy"
"Not Nearly as Bad as Sending Them to Gas Chambers"
"Somebody's Got to Take the Lead"
"Christianity and Kindness"
"It Is Very, Very Necessary"
"Do You Want Me to Beg Like Fala?"
"A Hell of a Hubbub"
"As Useful as Ten Fresh German Divisions"
"Lord Give the President Strength"
"The Only Bond Is Their Common Hate"
"Arguing About the Future of the World"
"No Earthly Powers Can Keep Him Here"
"What Will We Make of It?"
"I Was Never in Favor of That Crazy Plan"
"You and I Will Have to Bear Great Responsibility"
"How I Hate This Trip!"
"We Are Drifting Toward a Line Down the Center of Germany"
"The Spirit and Soul of a People Reborn"
AUTHOR'S NOTE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS