Synopses & Reviews
Despite all that has already been written on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Joseph Persico has uncovered a hitherto overlooked dimension of FDR's wartime leadership: his involvement in intelligence and espionage operations.
Roosevelt's Secret War is crowded with remarkable revelations:
-FDR wanted to bomb Tokyo before Pearl Harbor
-A defector from Hitler's inner circle reported directly to the Oval Office
-Roosevelt knew before any other world leader of Hitler's plan to invade Russia
-Roosevelt and Churchill concealed a disaster costing hundreds of British soldiers' lives in order to protect Ultra, the British codebreaking secret
-An unwitting Japanese diplomat provided the President with a direct pipeline into Hitler's councils
Roosevelt's Secret War also describes how much FDR had been told--before the Holocaust--about the coming fate of Europe's Jews. And Persico also provides a definitive answer to the perennial question Did FDR know in advance about the attack on Pearl Harbor?
By temperament and character, no American president was better suited for secret warfare than FDR. He manipulated, compartmentalized, dissembled, and misled, demonstrating a spymaster's talent for intrigue. He once remarked, "I never let my right hand know what my left hand does." Not only did Roosevelt create America's first central intelligence agency, the OSS, under "Wild Bill" Donovan, but he ran spy rings directly from the Oval Office, enlisting well-placed socialite friends.
FDR was also spied against. Roosevelt's Secret War presents evidence that the Soviet Union had a source inside the Roosevelt White House; that British agents fed FDR total fabrications to draw the United States into war; and that Roosevelt, by yielding to Churchill's demand that British scientists be allowed to work on the Manhattan Project, enabled the secrets of the bomb to be stolen. And these are only a few of the scores of revelations in this constantly surprising story of Roosevelt's hidden role in World War II.
From the Hardcover edition.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -463) and index.
"Roosevelt's Secret War" presents a whole new perspective on the full panorama of World War II. There are literally hundreds of revelations in this fresh and substantial--and constantly surprising--look at Roosevelt and his major role in the hidden history of the Second World War. photo insert.
About the Author
Joseph E. Persicos books include Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial
, which was made into a major television docudrama, and Piercing the Reich
, on the penetration of Nazi Germany by American agents. He is also the coauthor of General Colin Powells autobiography, My American Journey
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
1.Gentleman amateurs --2.Spies, saboteurs, and traitors --3.Strange bedfellows --4.Spymaster in the Oval Office --5. Thedefeatist and the defiant --6."There is no U.S. Secret Intelligence Service" --7.Spies versus ciphers --8.Donovan enters the game --9."Our objective is to get America into the war" --10.Catastrophe or conspiracy --11.Secrets of the Map Room --12.Intramural spy wars --13.Premier secret of the war --14.Enter the OSS --15."We are striking back" --16. Anexchange : an invasion for a bomb --17.Leakage from the top --18.Distrusting Allies --19.Deceivers and the deceived --20. TheWhite House is penetrated --21.If overlord fails --22.Cracks in the Reich --23. Asecret unshared --24."Take a look at the OSS" --25.Sympathizers and spies --26. Aleaky vessel --27.Who knew and when --28."Stalin has been deceiving me all along" --29. "Thefollowing are the latest casualties --30.Aftermath.