The New Dealers' War by Thomas Fleming
Fdr And The War Within World War Ii

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Acclaimed historian Thomas Fleming brings to life a flawed and troubled FDR struggling to manage World War II. 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 on a journey through the incredibly fractious struggles and debates that went on in Washington, the nation, and the world as the New Dealers strove to impose their will on the conduct of the War. In bold contrast to the familiar, idealized FDR of other biographies, Fleming's Roosevelt is a man in remorseless decline, battered by ideological forces and primitive hatreds that he could not handle and frequently failed to understand, some of them leading to unimaginable catastrophe. Among FDR's most dismaying policies, Fleming argues, is his insistence on "unconditional surrender" for Germany (a policy that perhaps prolonged the war by as much as two years, leaving millions more dead) and his often-uncritical embrace of and acquiescence to Stalin and the Soviets as an ally. The New Dealers' War is one of those rare books that force readers to rethink what they think they know about a pivotal event in the American past.
 

About Thomas Fleming

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New York Times bestselling author Thomas Fleming is one of the most distinguished and productive historians and novelists of our time. He has written 20 nonfiction books that have won prizes and praise from critics and fellow historians, many with a special focus on the American Revolution. He has also written 23 historical novels, many of them bestsellers.
 
Published August 5, 2008 by Basic Books. 674 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Fleming, who previously endeavored to rehabilitate the villainous Aaron Burr in Duel, now attempts even more absurd revisionism. Franklin Roosevelt has been laud

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Readers may be surprised to discover that Native American tribes fought on both sides of the conflict, and many women supported (and sometimes saw battle for) liberty, including a captured female spy, Agent 13, whose identity has never been revealed.

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Fleming fails to see what Roosevelt and Churchill (who called him "the most skilled strategist of all") clearly did—that Hitler and his allies represented not just standard political and military aggression but a new dark age.

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"His final decision, Hitler said, had been forced on him by American newspapers, which a week before had revealed `a plan prepared by President Roosevelt .

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