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The Mantle of Command

FDR at War, 1941-1942
Hamilton, Nigel (Book - 2014 )
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Based on years of archival research and interviews with the last surviving aides and Roosevelt family members, Nigel Hamilton offers a definitive account of FDR's masterful--and underappreciated--command of the Allied war effort. Hamilton takes readers inside FDR's White House Oval Study--his personal command center--and into the meetings where he battled with Churchill about strategy and tactics and overrode the near mutinies of his own generals and secretary of war. Time and again, FDR was proven right and his allies and generals were wrong. When the generals wanted to attack the Nazi-fortified coast of France, FDR knew the Allied forces weren't ready. When Churchill insisted his Far East colonies were loyal and would resist the Japanese, Roosevelt knew it was a fantasy. As Hamilton's account reaches its climax with the Torch landings in North Africa in late 1942, the tide of war turns in the Allies' favor and FDR's genius for psychology and military affairs is clear. This intimate, sweeping look at a great president in history's greatest conflict is must reading.
Authors: Hamilton, Nigel
Title: The mantle of command
FDR at war, 1941-1942
Publisher: New York, New York :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2014.
Characteristics: xiv, 514 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Contents: Placentia Bay. Before the storm
Pearl Harbor. The U.S. is attacked! ; Hitler's gamble
Churchill in the White House. The victory plan ; Supreme command ; The President's Map Room
Trouble with MacArthur. The fighting general
End of an empire. Singapore ; The mockery of the world ; The battleground for civilization
India. No hand on the wheel ; Lessons from the Pacific ; Churchill threatens to resign ; The worst case of jitters
Midway. Doolittle's Raid ; The Battle of Midway
Tobruk. Churchill's second coming ; The Fall of Tobruk ; No second Dunquerque ; Avoiding utter catastrophe
Japan first. Citizen warriors ; A staggering crisis ; A rough day
The mutiny. Stimson's bet ; A definite decision ; A failed mutiny
Reaction in Moscow. Stalin's prayer
An industrial miracle. A trip across America ; The President's loyal lieutenant
The tragedy of Dieppe. A Canadian bloodbath
The torch is lit. Something in West Africa ; Alamein ; First light ; The greatest sensation ; Armistice Day.
Local Note: 6 15 35 53 112 118 133 148 152 172 173 198 203 210 211 216 231 243
ISBN: 9780547775241
0547775245
9780544227842
0544227840
Statement of Responsibility: Nigel Hamilton
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. World War, 1939-1945 United States. World War, 1939-1945 United States Biography. World War, 1939-1945 Diplomatic history. Command of troops Case studies. World War, 1939-1945 Campaigns. Great Britain Foreign relations United States. United States Foreign relations Great Britain.
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Command of troops
World War, 1939-1945
LCCN: 2013045586
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