American Warlords

American Warlords

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

Book - 2015
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The story of the greatest "team of rivals" since the days of Lincoln. In a lifetime shaped by politics, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proved himself a master manipulator. But when war in Europe and Asia threatened America's shores, FDR found himself in a world turned upside down, where his friends became his foes, his enemies his allies. To help wage democracy's first "total war," he turned to one of history's most remarkable triumvirates. Henry Stimson, an old-money Republican from Long Island, rallied to FDR's banner to lead the Army as Secretary of War, and championed innovative weapons that shape our world today. General George C. Marshall argued with Roosevelt over grand strategy, but he built the world's greatest war machine and willingly sacrificed his dream of leading the invasion of Europe that made his protégé, Dwight Eisenhower, a legend. Admiral Ernest J. King, a hard-drinking, irascible fighter who "destroyed" Pearl Harbor in a prewar naval exercise, understood how to fight Japan, but he also battled the Army, the Air Force, Douglas MacArthur, and his British allies as they moved armies and fleets across the globe. These commanders threw off sparks whenever they clashed: generals against politicians, Army versus Navy--but during four years of bitter warfare, FDR's lieutenants learned to set aside deep personal, political, and professional differences and pull a nation through the twentieth century's darkest days.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : NAL Caliber, [2015]
ISBN: 9780451414571
Characteristics: xvi, 607 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number: 973.917092 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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