Baker & Taylor
A controversial new take on World War II argues that FDR was hardly the master war strategist but rather a bungler who was beset by challenges from within his own circle and made serious mistakes.Perseus Publishing
Acclaimed historian Thomas Fleming brings to life the flawed and troubled FDR who struggled to manage WWII. Starting with the leak to the press of Roosevelt's famous Rainbow Plan, then spiraling back to FDR's inept prewar diplomacy with Japan, and his various attempts to lure Japan into an attack on the U.S. Fleet in the Pacific, Fleming takes the reader inside the incredibly fractious struggles and debates that went on in Washington, the nation, and the world as the New Dealers, led by FDR, strove to impose their will on the conduct of the War. Unlike the familiar yet idealized FDR of Doris Kearns Goodwin's No Ordinary Time, the reader encounters a Roosevelt in remorseless decline, battered by ideological forces and primitive hatreds which he could not handle-and frequently failed to understand-some of them leading to unimaginable catastrophe. Among FDR's most dismaying policies, Fleming argues, were an insistence on "unconditional surrender" for Germany (a policy that perhaps prolonged the war by as many as two years, leaving millions more dead) and his often uncritical embrace of and acquiescence to Stalin and the Soviets as an ally.For many Americans, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is a beloved, heroic, almost mythic figure, if not for the "big government" that was spawned under his New Deal, then certainly for his leadership through the War. The New Dealers' War paints a very different portrait of this leadership. It is sure to spark debate.
Controversial and revisionist to the core, a sweeping re-examination of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's handling-and mishandling-of World War IIBook News
A historian and prolific writer, Fleming has turned his attention in this volume to the role of Roosevelt in WWII. The result is a revision of earlier histories as Fleming examines, in detail and at length, the history of the New Dealers' actions during the war. He draws on archival material for his information, including the personal accounts of people in Roosevelt's administration and contemporary newspaper accounts, as well as secondary sources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)Baker
Argues that FDR was not a master war strategist, but rather a bungler who was beset by challenges within his own circle and who made serious errors in judgement during the war.