American Warlords

American Warlords

How Roosevelt's High Command Led America to Victory in World War II

Book - 2015
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Takes readers behind closed doors where President Franklin D. Roosevelt—when war in Europe and Asia threatened America's shores, and his friends became his foes, his enemies his allies—turned to one of history's most remarkable triumvirates to lead America from isolation to the summit of global power.
Publisher: New York, New York : NAL Caliber, Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
ISBN: 9780451414571
Branch Call Number: History 973.917 JOR


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CMLibrary_JLytal Dec 22, 2017

While some might struggle with this title as the author assumes that the reader is already fairly familiar with the basic historical events surrounding World War II, author Jonathan W. Jordan does an extraordinary job of illuminating the often contentious politics – both geopolitical between the various allied powers and interpersonal between the often very different competing interests and personalities of Roosevelt’s war cabinet – that surrounded the allied war effort. Unlike many WWII narratives, Jordan focuses less on the specific battles and campaigns – indeed, the war itself almost seems a sideshow – and instead, examines the relationships and power dynamics between FDR and his three closest war advisors: Henry Stimson, George Marshall, and Ernie King. While Marshall’s name is familiar to many, especially through his later service as Secretary of State under Harry Truman, Stimson and, especially, King tend to be less well known. Jordan’s examination of these men provides a truly fascinating look at the contributions these individuals made to the war effort and to history – a history that now largely forgets them, but that would not have existed without them. Highly recommended!


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