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Commander in Chief : FDR's Battle with Churchill, 1943
by Nigel Hamilton


Overview - In the next installment of the "splendid memoir Roosevelt didn't get to write" ( New York Times ), Nigel Hamilton tells the astonishing story of FDR's year-long, defining battle with Churchill, as the war raged in Africa and Italy.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In the next installment of the "splendid memoir Roosevelt didn't get to write" (New York Times), Nigel Hamilton tells the astonishing story of FDR's year-long, defining battle with Churchill, as the war raged in Africa and Italy.

Nigel Hamilton's Mantle of Command, long-listed for the National Book Award, drew on years of archival research and interviews to portray FDR in a tight close up, as he determined Allied strategy in the crucial initial phases of World War II. Commander in Chief reveals the astonishing sequel -- suppressed by Winston Churchill in his memoirs -- of Roosevelt's battles with Churchill to maintain that strategy. Roosevelt knew that the Allies should take Sicily but avoid a wider battle in southern Europe, building experience but saving strength to invade France in early 1944. Churchill seemed to agree at Casablanca -- only to undermine his own generals and the Allied command, testing Roosevelt's patience to the limit. Churchill was afraid of the invasion planned for Normandy, and pushed instead for disastrous fighting in Italy, thereby almost losing the war for the Allies. In a dramatic showdown, FDR finally set the ultimate course for victory by making the ultimate threat. Commander in Chief shows FDR in top form at a crucial time in the modern history of the West.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780544279117
  • ISBN-10: 0544279115
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 464
  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

Series: FDR at War

Related Categories

Books > History > Military - World War II
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Presidents & Heads of State
Books > History > United States - 20th Century

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

Biographer Hamilton (The Mantle of Command) combines polished writing, a command of various sources, and broad insight in this account of Franklin Roosevelts pivotal WWII year. It was in 1943 that Roosevelt definitively established himself as leader of the Anglo-American alliance. The struggle for dominance between Roosevelt and Winston Churchill is usually presented from the latters perspective. In contrast, Hamilton focuses on Roosevelt, presenting him as a war leader with not only a vision of the future, but how to achieve that future. The key to his plan was the United Nations. It would be established as a consequence of the destruction of Nazi Germany, which meant a full-scale, cross-channel invasion of Europe. Churchill accepted the concept but made every effort to undermine it. The result was a test of wills. Churchill, seeking to husband British resources and fearing that a Continental invasion would end in disaster, presented an obsessive argument for the invasion of Italy and the Balkans. By mid-1943 his recalcitrance placed the coalition in grave peril. At Quebec in August the negotiations were near homicidal, but the endgame saw Churchill accepting the inevitable. Hamilton shows why Roosevelt had every reason to feel supreme with the U.S. becoming the leading power of the free world. Agent: Ike Williams, Kneerim & Williams Literary. (June)

 
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